May - June 2007 - Newsletter
Australian Athletes with a Disability
It's a Girl !
Congratulations to the Executive Officer of AAWD, Bianca van Woesik and her husband John on the arrival of daughter Daniella.
Whilst Bianca is on maternity leave Jane Hall will be the Acting Executive Officer of AAWD.
National Junior Coach
Basketball Australia in conjunction with Wheelchair Sports Australia are calling for applications for the position of National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team Head Coach. The head coach will be responsible for the Australian Team that will represent Australia at the World Junior Wheelchair Championships, which will be held in 2009. For further information visit http://www.sports.org.au/newsletters/news80.html
National Scholarship Coach
Basketball Australia has announced Ben Osborne as the National Scholarship Coach for Wheelchair Basketball. Ben will be working with the New South Wales Institute of Sport's wheelchair basketball program, the National Men's and Women's teams and the APC in their talent identification program.
The Gliders have qualified for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics after defeating New Zealand twice and Japan during the Asia Oceania Zone Qualification tournament played in Bankstown.
Round two of the National League was held in Melbourne in early June currently the Hills Hornets from NSW are on top of the ladder:
(W=win=3 points; D=draw=2 points; L=loss=1 point; F=forfeit=0 points)
Top scorers thus far are:
|Shelly Chaplin||62 (Knox Raiders)|
|Liesl Tesch||58 (Hills Hornets)|
|Nu nguyen-Thi||54 (Western Stars)|
|Janna Mizens||51 (Gladiators)|
|Tina Mackenzie||49 (Knox Raiders)|
Round 3 of the WNWBL will be hosted by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association of Queensland from 30 June - 1 July. For further information visit the WNWBL website http://wnwbl.sports.org.au/
The Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball team, the Rollers, came within two points of winning an historic Gold medal at the 2007 VISA Paralympic World Cup in Manchester but fell to World and Paralympic Champions Canada, 49-47.
Australia led by eight points with one period to play but Canada produced a spirited comeback to snatch the lead in the waning seconds.
Western Australian Shaun Norris led the Rollers with 15 points while Ness and forward Shaun Groenewegen contributed 9 points and 11 rebounds and 9 points and 10 rebounds apiece.
Despite the loss, the Paralympic World Cup provided the Rollers with the perfect preparation for the Arafura Games in Darwin, where they defeated Iran 75-37 to win the Gold Medal.
Perth's Justin Eveson starred for the Rollers with 19 points and 15 rebounds. After the match he was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Final preparations are under way for the Boccia Nationals to be held in Victoria from 2-7 July
Round one of the Telstra National Wheelchair Rugby League will be played in Adelaide from 29 June – 1 July hosted by the South Australian Wheelchair Sports Association. Teams have been finalised and are listed on the NWRL website www.rugby.sports.org.au. A classification forum will be held at round two of the League for further information contact the AAWD Office.
The Australian team has returned from the Jijki Cup in Korea. The team's results are as follows:
|Air Rifle Standing Men||Ashley Adams||592||3rd|
|Air Rifle Standing Women||Elizabeth Kosmala||386||3rd|
|Air Rifle Prone Mixed||Ashley Adams||599||1st|
|Air Rifle Standing Mixed (SH2)||Jason Maroney||593||5th|
|Air Rifle Prone Mixed (SH2)||Jason Maroney||600||4th|
|50 m Prone Mixed||Ashley Adams||584||4th|
|3 x 40 Mens||Ashley Adams||1129||4th|
|Sport Rifle Womens||Elizabeth Kosmala||551||4th|
Jason Maroney's 600 in Air Rifle Prone is a PB and a new Australian Record.
The Australian team for the 2007 European Shooting Championships for the Disabled to be held in Suhl, Germany from 22 July to 29 July 2007 has been named:
Ashley ADAMS (Rifle) (QLD)
Sebastian HUME (Pistol) (VIC)
Elizabeth KOSMALA (Rifle) (SA)
Stephen MCCORMACK (Pistol) (NSW)
Jason MARONEY (Rifle) (VIC)
James NOMARHAS (Pistol)(ACT)
Miroslav SIPEK (Head Coach)
Michelle FLETCHER (Team Manager)
Margaret Anne BUGDEN (PCA)
Calendar of Events 2007 (*Subject to alterations)
|2-7||Boccia||National Championships||Frankston, Victoria|
|6-8||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 2||Various|
|8-16||Sitting Volleyball||AOCVD Women's Championships||Sgangai, China|
|14-15||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 3||Various|
|21-22||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 4||Various|
|22-28||Shooting||European Championships||Suhl, Germany|
|27-29||CP Football||National Camp||Narrabeen, NSW|
|28-29||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 5||Various|
|3-5||Wheelchair Basketball||WNWBL Round 4||Sydney, NSW|
|10-12||Wheelchair Rugby||Telstra NWRL Round 2||Melbourne, VIC|
|10-12||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 6||Various|
|12-19||Multi Sport||Parapanamerican Games||Brazil|
|17-19||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 7||Various|
|20-28||Cycling||World Cycling Championships||France|
|24-26||CP Football||NSW Team Camp||Narrabeen, NSW|
|24-26||Wheelchair Basketball||NWBL Round 8||Various|
Subject to alterations
A full Calendar of Events can be found at http://www.sports.org.au/calendar.html
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