Bridie Kean is an Australian Wheelchair Basketball Paralympic dual medallist. She captained the Australian Gliders Wheelchair Basketball team to a Silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and was a member of the bronze medal winning in team in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic games. During her international career from 2008 - 2015, she received a full athletic scholarship to play collegiate basketball at the University of Illinois (2008 - 2011), played professionally for Hamburg HSV in the German National League (2013) and was the Most Valuable Player in the final in Queensland’s first National Championship title in the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball league (2014).
Throughout her international sporting career Bridie always combined sport and tertiary study and is now currently undertaking a PhD at USC and a research scholar Queensland Academy of Sport Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science Research. The aim of Bridie’s PhD research is to examine how Australian Universities can best provide support para-athletes undertaking dual pathways in sport and study.