Basketballer shoots for the stars

UNDEFEATED: Lachlan Steinohrt shoots for the Toowoomba Bushrangers who were named champions of the recent Queensland Classics tournament.
UNDEFEATED: Lachlan Steinohrt shoots for the Toowoomba Bushrangers who were named champions of the recent Queensland Classics tournament. Julia Baker

IT'S taken 18 years, hundreds of games and countless hours travelling to Toowoomba for training but it was all worth it for Lachlan Steinohrt when his team was named undefeated champions at the Queensland Classics Wheelchair basketball tournament earlier this month.

Steinohrt travelled to Brisbane with the Toowoomba Bushrangers A-grade side for the two day tournament to beat 12 teams from across the state before taking out the Gold Coast Rollerblaze in the grand final 35-10.

"Looking at the teams, I thought third was a realistic expectation for us but the team just really jelled and we did better than we expected,” Steinohrt said.

"The first quarter to about halftime was fairly close and then we ran over the top of them in the end but it was still a tough game.

"I think the fact we went through undefeated was pretty good and I was just so happy with the result.”

Born with spina bifida, Steinohrt began using a wheelchair in his early teens before discovering a passion for basketball when he was 15.

He travels to the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba from his home in Tara on a weekly basis to co-ordinate training and games.

The 32-year-old had not missed a year of the tournament since he began playing basketball and this year was awarded the tournament's All Star 5 Trophy for his on-court efforts.

"It was really good to receive it, it's always good to know people think you have played a good game,” he said.

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