December 2007 - January 2008

December 2007 - January 2008 Newsletter

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Australian Athletes with a Disability

The Staff and Board of Australian Athletes with a Disability would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The AAWD office will be closed from 24 December to 7th January. If there are any urgent inquiries during that time please call the office line and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

AAWD will be moving into new premises at Sportshouse in Sydney Olympic Park in January. If there are any changes to our current contact details we will advise members as soon as possible.

Acknowledgements

Max Kelleher: Finalist for CEO of the Year in the National Not-For-Profit Network Awards

Wheelchair Sports Victoria’s Max Kelleher was recently named as one of four finalists for the CEO of the Year Award in the 2007 Not-For-Profit Network Awards. The Not-For-Profit Network Awards recognise the efforts of non-profit organisations, people and projects that are achieving outstanding work within the Australian and New Zealand sector.

Although Max did not win the award (that honour went to Peter Rothnie from Hunter Integrated Care Inc), it was an honour indeed for him to be named as a finalist and WSA congratulates Max heartily for achieving this. For further info re these awards visit www.nfpn.com.au

Lisa Edmonds: NSW Ambassador

Congratulations to Lisa Edmonds who was recently named as a NSW Disability Ambassador. Lisa was a member of the first-ever Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team, the Gliders, until she retired in 2002. She currently plays in the women’s national league, which she helped to initiate in 2000. Lisa represented Australia at three Paralympic Games including Sydney 200 where she won a silver medal.

Sports News

Wheelchair Basketball

Ross Dewell: Retirement

Ross Dewell of Bateau Bay, NSW, has retired from senior Basketball refereeing and will relinquish his IWBF license at the end of this year. Ross has made a huge contribution to the sport over 37 years on court in Australia and at IWBF Major Events. He was awarded Life Membership in the NWBL (Aus) in 2007. Probably of more importance has been his contribution to the education of referees, players and coaches throughout the world with his book “Principles of Contact in Wheelchair Basketball” and with other articles and works on wheelchair basketball rules and refereeing. Ross received his IWBF referees license at the Gold Cup in Melbourne in 1986. Has been the IWBF Asia Oceania Educational Resources Officer since 1999 and was a member of the IWBF Technical Committee 1992–1996.

Wheelchair Basketball Australia and the NWBL thank Ross for his wonderful contributions to the sport.

Basketball Officials Nominated for 2008 Paralympics:

As part of the IWBF’s preparation for Beijing Paralympic Games nominations for the International Technical Officials for Beijing were sent out last month. Those invited from Australia are:

Don Perriman – Chief Classifier
Sharon Arnold – Referee Supervisor
Greg Love – Commissioner
Gabe Caligiuri – Referee
Matt Wells - Referee

Football

The Australian Paralympic Football team departed Australia on the 2nd November to participate in the CPISRA 7-A-Side Football World Championships, which was being held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from the 3rd to the 18th Nov 2007. The side chosen for the tournament was:

David Barber - Captain - QLD

Chris Pyne - Vice Captain - NSW

Beau Menzies - QLD

Jamie Paulsen - QLD

David Cantoni - WA

Sam Larkins - NSW

Paul Nicholls - NSW

Brett Cross - NSW

Brett Fairhall - NSW

Chris Restall - NSW

Jamie Laybutt - NSW

Marik Gleizer - NSW

This tournament was also a qualifying tournament for Beijing. Unfortunately Australia finished 11th in the tournament and have just missed out on qualifying for 2008. The Results:

6 Nov 2007 Australia 4 def South Africa 0
8 Nov 2007 England 3 def Australia 0
10 Nov 2007 Brazil 5 def Australia 0
12 Nov 2007 Australia 8 def Japan 1
14 Nov 2007 USA 2 def Australia 1
16 Nov 2007 Australia 5 def Canada 2

Sam Larkings from NSW was named the goalkeeper of the tournament.

Even though it was disappointing that the side at this stage has not qualified for the 2008 Paralympics there were many positives that came out the tournament, which included:

  1. Sam Larkings being recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
  2. David Cantoni being the newest find for the team.
  3. Many of the players getting big match experience.

The next national camp will be scheduled in February 2008 – exact date is still to be confirmed. The National Paralympic Football team would like to thank everyone for their support throughout 2007 and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For information on football go to www.footballaustralia.com.au

Wheelchair Rugby

The Australian Steelers got their Paralympic campaign off to a superb start at the 2007 Arrive alive Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships at the State Sports Centre at Homebush in Sydney from 20-24 November. The Steelers came through the entire tournament undefeated, winning against Canada in the finals. They lifted their World Ranking from 6th to 2nd and qualified for Beijing. Wheelchair Sports NSW did an excellent job hosting this event, generating a lot of interest and publicity throughout the week. Crowds came out in full force with the final having over 1000 spectators there to watch Australia win the title. For all information re this event go to www.oceaniawrc.com.au

Ski Able (AWWF)

Alison Smith from Australian Water-ski and Wakeboard Assoc. Disabled Division reports that the Nationals next year will be held 5-6 April, 2008 at Lough Earn Waterski Lake, Woodford, QLD. There will be a 2-day training camp held in the days prior to the event. New skiers are welcome to apply to attend training and possibly compete in the Nationals depending on their ability. At the very least, new skiers and family members are encouraged to come along meet some of the skiers, watch and learn about this exciting sport. For more info and Come ‘N Try’s contact Alison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also visitwww.disabledwaterski.com.au

Table Tennis

The Australian team recently traveled to Europe to compete and train. Team members were: Julie David, Rebecca Julian, Cathy Morrow, Michael Tomlinson, Jane Wallis and Keith Mundy (Coach/Manager). The highlight of the trip was Cathy winning a bronze medal at the Italian Masters Open.

The team first travelled to Wuppertal to compete in the 2007 German Open. The German Open is one of the toughest tournaments on the IPTTC circuit and the majority of the world’s top athletes competed. The team played well in Germany but draws were not favourable, with all team members coming up against top ranked opponents early on. Rebecca did very well to go down narrowly to the World Number 2 from Russia. Cathy also did very well to put pressure on and really worry her Chinese World Number 3 opponent. Michael played a great match against a top French opponent. Julie also showed much improvement and played a good match against Hong Kong’s Number 1 player.

The team went on to Luxembourg for a training camp. The team trained really well in Luxembourg and had some great experiences, including being guests of honour at a European Champions League match in the Netherlands. The team’s interaction with some of the World’s elite players, during both training and at the European Champions League match, was really positive for the team and they learnt much from their experiences.

The team then travelled to Lignano to compete in the 2007 Italian Masters Open. The team was feeling really positive after the German Open and the training camp in Luxembourg and it showed in their performances in Italy. Cathy starred in Italy, winning the bronze medal in the Women’s Class 5 Singles - Wheelchair. Julie fought back from two games down to win in a tight deciding fifth game against her Austrian opponent to finish in fourth place behind Cathy. Rebecca also did well to reach the semi-final of the Women’s Open Singles – Standing Class 6-10. Rebecca, Class 6, upset a French Class 8 opponent before going down in the semi-final to a very tough Class 10 Czech player. Rebecca narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the Women’s Class 6-7 Singles –Standing, going down 11-9 in the deciding fifth game to an English opponent.

Cathy, Rebecca, Julie and Michael all picked up valuable IPTTC World Ranking points towards qualification for the Beijing Paralympic Games during the European trip. Well-done team.

Tenpin Bowling

The Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) Championships are to be held 31 May – 6 June 2008 in Belconnen, ACT. The Championships will incorporate the Campbelltown Trophies Challenge Shield (5/6/08) and the Narelian Trophy Challenge Cup (4/8/08). Any enquiries re the tournament please contact Tony Morris on 02 4626 2061 or visit www.tenpin.org.au

Volleyball Sitting

On the 8-9 December the Sitting Volleyball National Championships were held in Melbourne in conjunction with the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. This was the third National Championships and teams played for the Graham Golley Memorial Trophy. This provided excellent exposure for the sport among those who have an interest in the sport of volleyball. On Saturday morning players and officials arrived in Melbourne and were transported to the Melbourne University Sports Centre. This was the venue for training and practice from 1pm-4pm. National men’s head coach Wei Ping Tu and assistant coach Anne-Marie Anderson conducted a series of training drills before some practice matches took place.

On Sunday 9 the championships were held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Due to some late withdrawals player numbers were down and this led to a revised competition format. Players warmed up for an hour before the New South Wales (NSW) team took on the Victorian (VIC) team for a chance to play the defending champions Queensland in the Final after lunch. The NSW verse VIC match was fiercely contested but Victoria won the match winning 3 sets to 0. After lunch the Final was played between Queensland and Victoria. Victoria started strongly and won the first 2 sets but with Queensland leading in the 3rd set the game was declared over due to lack of time. Perhaps if given more time Queensland may have defended their title however on this occasion Victoria were declared the winners.

This event would not have been possible without the funding support we receive from Australian Athletes with a Disability. Thanks AAWD for allowing us the opportunity to run this event. Thanks also to the Australian Volleyball Federation for inviting us to hold our National Championships in conjunction with another major volleyball event. All their staff were most helpful during the event. Special thanks also to the Australian Volleyball Warehouse for providing us with new balls for this event. Finally, thanks to all those who attended and from everyone at Sitting Volleyball Australia we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Calendar of Events 2007 (*Subject to alterations)

Calendar of Events 2008
2008
January
6-10
Lawn Bowls
SA State Championships
Adelaide, SA
17-27
Wheelchair Track/Field
Summer Down Under
Canberra/Sydney
21-24
Wheelchair Tennis
Queensland Tennis Open
Caloundra, QLD
26
Wheelchair Road Race
Oz Day 10 K
Sydney, NSW
30-3 Feb
Wheelchair Tennis
Sydney International Open
Sydney
February
1
Wheelchair Tennis
Australian Open
Melbourne, VIC
22-27
Electric Wheelchair Hockey
Development Event
Narrabeen, NSW
Dates and Events are subject to change.

Subject to alterations
A full Calendar of Events can be found at http://www.sports.org.au/calendar.html


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