May - June 2007

May - June 2007 - Newsletter


Australian Athletes with a Disability

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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.

Sports News


A number of athletes have broken athletics records at the 2007 Arafura Games check out AAWD's website for further information.

Wheelchair Basketball

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

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:

Hornets 7W 0D 0L 21 pts
Gladiators 4W 0D 3L 14 pts
Raiders 3W 0D 5L 13 pts
Stars 1W 1D 6L 11 pts
Comets 1W 1D 2L 7 pts

(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

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 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
Elizabeth Kosmala 596 9th
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
Elizabeth Kosmala 562 12th
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

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