Gympie athlete taking on the world
BASKETBALL: He is one of the sport's most tenacious athletes and spends hours a day honing his skills on court. For wheelchair basketballer Steven Elliott, next week's trip to Toronto for the world under-23 championships is a culmination of a life time of work.
The Gympie basketballer is no stranger to wearing the green and gold.
He has represented our nation before but never with this much at stake.
Normally associated with ice hockey, Toronto will host the 2017 Wheelchair Basketball World Titles and Elliott is under no illusion how difficult the opposition will be.
"It is a definite step-up but we know our job,” Elliott said.
"If we play our game we will come out of it with a decent result.”
The University of the Sunshine Coast student has been forced to reduce his study load in preparation for the tournament.
Added to his already-hectic training load, the sport studies student has been included in Australia's open squad for a potential tilt at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"I am putting everything into this,” Elliott said.
"I am training up to two hours per day, six days a week.
"But it does not get better than this.
"This is what we drive ourselves toward,” he said.