Who Makes It Happen?


Anna-Louise Kassukle - Our Mentor

Anna is the Service Manager of Gold Coast Recreation & Sport Inc our auspicing body. Anna's continuing guidance and mentoring is an essential part of Rollerblaze.


Lisa Stewart - Coordinator

Lisa has been a volunteer with Gold Coast Recreation & Sport Inc since 2005. She loves wheelchair basketball and spends many hours sourcing funding and building community partnerships to sustain the growth of Rollerblaze. She is pictured with Rollerblaze player Justin McPherson in July 2009 receiving an award from the Healthy Queensland initiative.


Bruce Wilson - The Vice Chair Man

Since January 2008 Bruce has learned to be wheelchair mechanic, transport/logistics manager and recently he went to "referee school". His sitting room is often transformed into a wheelchair workshop and he has turned his hand to business card and tee shirt design.


Nasri Bale - Coach

Nasri started coaching Rollerblaze at the beginning of 2013 but has been coaching the running game for many years. He is a fully accredited basketball coach and has brought with him great enthusiasm for the game and some great coaching skillsmore

Gary Hydes - Founding Coach 2009-12

Gary was 1 of the 3 original volunteers behind Rollerblaze. Gary was a very enthusiastic coach who also spent many hours, every week, driving to Brisbane to collect basketball chairs which we borrowed when we first started.


Jane Bailey - Scorer

Jane has been with us for two years and is our "score bench" and also team manager when we take teams to The Classics and the Australia Day Tournament. On Saturdays you will find Jane cooking a sausage sizzle, washing singlets and whatever else she can do to make Rollerblaze run smoothly!


De Arne Brennan - Volunteer

De Arne drives from Beaudesert twice a week to bring her two daughters, Cassie and Kaitlyn, to Nerang for basketball. She was a team manager for one of the teams at The Classics this year, is now an expert in washing singlets and often brings samples of her cooking along for the players on a Saturday.


John Stubbs - Volunteer

John joined us in January 2011 and has quickly become a very valuable member of the team. On Thursday nights he helps to set up the score bench, get the chairs out of storage and then he assists with the scoring during the games. Saturday mornings sees John helping some of our junior players with their basic basketball skills.  John always has a smile and everyone looks forward to seeing him at basketball. He has recently completed his first aid certificate and also the referees course.


Dion Reweti - The Chair Man

Dion is one of our strongest supporters - coach, mentor, advisor, and player. Dion and his wife Marijana as owners of Wicked Wheelchairs sponsor Team Wicked in the social competition. His advice and wonderful smile add so much to Rollerblaze.


Dean Rhodes - First Basketball Chair Donor

Dean donated the very first basketball wheelchair to the Rollerblaze Club in December 2008. He often drives from Brisbane to be our guest coach. Dean is the Assistant Coach with the Queensland Bullets and he played for Rollerblaze in the Exhibition Game for the GC Blaze and the Australia Day Tournament 2010. Dean is also a basketball referee.


Tige Simmons OAM - London Silver Medallist, Beijing Gold Medallist

Tige has been "with us" since the very beginning of Rollerblaze. In fact he drove down to the coast to help us with some media coverage about two hours before an offical ceremony to farewell the athletes going to Beijing in 2008. Tige holds a gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Games and silver medal from 2012 London Games.more

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What pushes you?

Getting involved with Rollerblaze will give you a chance to learn what motivates you?
Interested in joining a great bunch of volunteers who laugh a lot?  Rollerblaze values the contribution of all volunteers and welcomes people who would like to give some time and effort.  If you are interested in learning about this great sport then email us at
rollerblaze@bigpond.com. You don't need experience just a "can do" attitude.