October - November 2007 - Newsletter
Australian Athletes with a Disability
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AAWD held their AGM in Sydney on 4 October. The two independent Directors Tanya Cox and Amanda Garland were reelected to the Board. They join Corny van Eldik (CPASRF), Liz Pollock (WSA) and Paul Croft (ASOD).
Wheelchair Sports Australia
WSA also recently conducted its AGM and Associated Meetings. These meetings were held during the Day of Difference Junior Games at Narrabeen in Sydney. WSA thanks Wheelchair Sports NSW for hosting the meetings within the Games. Congratulations to Barry Barker (QLD) and Michael Godfrey-Roberts (NSW) for their re-nomination to the Board. They join Graeme Watts (Chair), Wayne Robins (WA) and Phil Tracey (VIC).
Louise Sauvage inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
A befitting acknowledgement for Louise Sauvage who was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in October. In a career spanning four Paralympic Games, Louise won nine Paralympic Gold medals. Her performances elevated Paralympic sport into the spotlight of Australian sport for the first time. Her induction is indeed a significant occasion as it is the first time that a Paralympic athlete has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Marg Angel wins Lord’s Taverners AwardMarg Angel was presented with the prestigious Lord's Taverners Award at the recent Day of Difference Junior Games in Sydney. The Lord’s Taverners Award was established in 1985 in recognition of individuals who make a significant contribution to junior wheelchair sport in Australia. It is presented every two years and Marg joins a long list of worthy recipients who have left their imprint on junior wheelchair sport in this country. Marg, who has been a member of Wheelchair Sports Victoria since 1994, joined the National Junior Committee as the Victorian delegate in 1995 and is the current Chair of that Committee. Marg is extremely passionate about providing juniors an opportunity to participate in sport, irrespective of their ability levels and has worked tirelessly in the area of junior development both in Victoria and nationally over the past 10 years.
A team of three archers competed at the recent 2007 World Target Championships which were held in Cheongju, Korea. The team consisted of Mark Tomkins, Steve Jankovic and James Flood. All three archers competed well, showing great potential. Mark Tomkins’ ranking increased to 20th in the world, Steve Jankovic was very pleased to have been ranked at 21st and James Flood is now ranked at 50th in the world. Congratulations to these archers.
Wheelcats Win World Club Championships
The CFMEU Perth Wheelcats recently crowned off a perfect 2007 by winning the world club championships in Japan with a hard fought 61-55 victory over Santa Lucia from Italy.
The gold medal game started well for the undefeated Wheelcats as they led 23-18 at quarter time, thanks mainly to strong work from Brad Ness who tallied 10 points for the term. Tight defence from both teams was the order for the rest of the game and scoring proved very difficult. The Italians threw everything at the Cats and on several occasions got to within 2 points, however never took the lead in what was a very physical game. Justin Eveson again proved the star for the Cats with 29 points against his old team, while Brad Ness finished with 15 and Shaun Norris 13.The victory has given the Cats an amazing perfect 19-0 win/loss record for 2007, which includes the National Wheelchair Basketball League and finals series, victory against the touring Great Britain team, as well as the world club championships
The dates for the 2008 National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball League have been confirmed as follows:
Please note that all action photos from the 2007 WNWBL and NWBL can be viewed at www.photoexcellence.com.au
Boccia National Championship 2007 was held in July at the Elizabeth Murdock Centre, Frankston, Melbourne, and saw strong competition by 47 athletes from NSW, QLD, WA, VIC, ACT, Tasmania and New Zealand. Although the weather was inclement no one's spirits were dampened with competitive games being played from day one to the finals. It was a pleasure to meet new boccia players from ACT and Tasmania. Their presence at the games shows the sport is growing across Australia.
A representative squad of 10 was selected to compete at the New Zealand National Championship in Tauranga October 3-9, where again Australian players were consistent in their high standard of play. The team's officials and carers helped to keep the team on track and also contributed to everyone enjoying their time in NZ. Barry Fear excelled in his standard of play and showed just what can be achieved with practise and a love of the game. Head Coach, Italo Vigalo from Perth, was very happy with everyone's performance.
Australian Results were: Sgls: BC1: Barry Fear Gold; John Richardson Bronze. BC2: Scott Elsworth Gold, Lachlan Kavanagh Silver. BC4: Fiona Lyons Bronze. Teams: BC3 Helena Kidd, Laura Solomon, Gavin Thorneycroft Silver. BC2: Lachlan Kavanagh (c), Scott Elsworth, Barry Fear Gold. Prs: BC4: Fiona Lyons (A) & Kimberley (NZ) Gold.
The Australian National Championship 2008 is to be held May 3-8 at the Clem Jones Sports Centre, Carina, QLD. Check out the web site for information on clubs and contact details around Australia www.boccia.com.au
The Australian Paralympic Football team departed Australia on the 2nd November to participate in the CPISRA 7-A-Side Football World Championships, which are being held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from the 3rd to the 18th Nov 2007. The side chosen for this tournament is:
This tournament is also a qualifying tournament for Beijing so we wish the
Participants in Wheelchair Sports Victoria’s version of the Tour de France rode into Docklands on Friday 26 October to a warm welcome from supporters including Victoria’s Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Merlino after a demanding 500-kilometre journey through eastern Victoria. Athletes met with school children in 35 towns along the route of the 2007 Le Tour Handcycle from Orbost to Docklands to promote the Brumby Government’s Go for your life campaign, which encourages people of all ages and abilities to be more physically active. As well as hand-pedalling a gruelling 500 kilometres, the athletes were fantastic ambassadors for the Go for your life campaign. Wheelchair Sports Victoria (WSV) is working with Cycle Sport Victoria to integrate handcycling into mainstream cycling activities in both social and competitive settings. The Victorian Government contributed $46,000 to Wheelchair Sports Victoria for Le Tour Handcycle through a ‘Go for your life’ Physical Activity Grants program and provided a further $35,000 through a State Sporting Association Support Grant. WSV plans to stage the 2008 Le Tour Handcycle from Corryong to Melbourne.
Electric Wheelchair Hockey
The Australian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (AEWHA) is coordinating an Electric Wheelchair Hockey Development event at the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen from 22-27 February 2008. They are welcoming anyone interested in the game to participate in the event. It is the goal of AEWHA for this event to contribute to the development of athletes, coaches, referees and sport in such a way as to grow Electric Wheelchair Hockey to a level in Australia that allows those with the ambition to play, lead, guide and participate in a most rewarding sporting activity, by providing the skills that allow participation at the local, regional, state or even national level, the opportunity to play the sport. Plus for those with the dream of International representation for their country, the opportunity to partake in a fast moving team sport for athletes in electric wheelchairs, that is an IWAS sport, played around the world and supported by the International Committee for Electric Wheelchair Hockey, with world championships being held every couple of years. Australia came fourth with the team sent to Finland in 2004 for the last ICEWH world championship. For further information re this event visit www.sports.org.au or email Matt Cross at email@example.com
Day of Difference Junior Games
The Day of Difference Junior Games were held in Sydney from 1 – 6 October. A huge effort was put in by Wheelchair Sports NSW to host these games and a big thanks you goes out to them and their sponsors for making the games a success. All results of the Day of Difference Junior Games can be found at www.wsnsw.org.au
The Wheelchair Sports Australia team who competed at the International Bowls for the Disabled 2007 World Championships won a total of eight medals, including two gold, at the Championships that concluded in Sydney on 26 October. The team coached by Jan Palazzi and Arlene Foley performed extremely well and proved to be very compatible.
The Australian team played teams from twelve countries including New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Korea.
For full results and photos go to www.sports.org.au
Eleven athletes hit the gym at the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Brisbane on Saturday, 20 October for the 2007 Queensland IPC Powerlifting Cup. Some great lifting on the day saw Queensland's Lisa Mahony better her 60kg class Australian National Record with a lift of 71.5kg. Victoria's Paul Tesorierio also set a new Australian National Junior Record for the 67.5kg class twice bettering the old mark to finish with a lift of 116kg. The biggest lift of the day came from WA's Darren “Bear” Gardiner with a lift of 230kg. Final results can be found at www.sportingwheelies.org.au
Wheelchair Road Racing
Kurt Fearnley continued his winning ways at the recent 2007 La Salle Bank Chicago Marathon winning the event in a course record time despite stifling conditions. With temperatures peaking in the mid-thirties, Fearnley edged out South African rival Krige Schabort in a time of 1 hour 28 minutes and 6 seconds. It was Fearnley's ninth marathon win in 2007, and his third major US marathon win in the last twelve months.
The Steelers, Australia’s National Wheelchair Rugby team, recently competed in the cross Tasman Chris Handy Cup challenge. The team played well but went down to a stronger Kiwi side that won the series 4 games to 1. For full results and details from the Chris Handy Cup go to www.wheelblacks.com
The Australians have a chance to get their revenge against their trans Tasman rivals and also test themselves against some of the best teams in the world at the upcoming Arrive alive Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships 2007 at the State Sports Centre at Homebush in Sydney from 20-24 November. For all information re this event go to www.oceaniawrc.com.au
Calendar of Events 2007 (*Subject to alterations)
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