Get close enough to the court and the smell of burning rubber will waft through your nostrils.
As the athletes wiz past you might get knocked out if you’re not too careful.
This is the danger of being a spectator at a game of wheelchair basketball.
The sport is growing in popularity from year to year, and the well established Frenchville Rockwheelers are a central Queensland based team who share the need for speed.
Watching their training session is exhausting. Their drills alone are enough of a workout to make the fittest person begin perspiring through their shirt.
Amanda Elledge, Sarah Lewis and I went along to one of their Wednesday night sessions to take photographs for ABC Open’s photography project My Ride.
We had no idea about how hardcore these men were. Flicking between super fast and ultra slow shutter speeds, we tried to capture a sense of what the sport of wheelchair basketball is like.
Players rely on their upper body and core strength to repeatedly roll and manoeuvre themselves backward and forward on the court over a two hour period - sometimes longer if they’re training for an upcoming competition.
Soon the team will be heading up to Townsville to show their tropical neighbours what they’re made of, they’ve also been the only team in Queensland to be invited to go to New Caledonia soon to compete.
The wheelchairs used in the game differ from regular wheelchairs, as they are slanted to increase acceleration, and can cost anywhere between $4000 to $10,500.
The chairs also have a bar installed at the front so they don’t hit each other too much.
Despite the fact that it’s meant to be a non-contact sport, there’s no stopping a bit of rough and tumble.
Photography by Amanda Elledge, Sarah Lewis and Lisa Clarke