September - October 2009

Australian Sports Commission

Media Awards 2009 – Finalists

The Finalists for the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards have been announced. The Australian Sports Commission Media Awards — now in its eighth year — celebrates analytical and insightful presentation of sport and sporting issues by journalists, broadcasters and photographers. This year the ASC Media Awards presentation gala dinner will be at Crown Casino (Southbank, Melbourne) on Thursday 3 December 2009.

Tickets for the presentation gala dinner are now on sale. To purchase tickets to the event please download the ticket order form.

For further information please go to:

Australian Athletes with a Disability

AAWD held their AGM in Melbourne on 9 October 2009. Two independent Directors, Tanya Cox and Amanda Garland were re-elected to the Board. They join Corny van Eldik (CPASRF), Liz Pollock (WSA) and Paul Croft (ASOD).

Funding Grants

The next round of funding grants will open in February 2010. Further information, fact sheet and application forms will be available from the AAWD website.

Wheelchair Sports Australia

WSA conducted its AGM and Associated Meetings in Melbourne on 8 and 9 October 2009 in conjunction with the Australian Paralympic Youth Games. Congratulations to Barry Barker (QLD) and Michael Godfrey-Roberts (NSW) for their re-nomination to the Board. They join Esme Bowen (WA), Wayne Robins (WA) and Phil Tracey (VIC). The meetings were closed with attendance at the Australian Paralympic Youth Games Closing Ceremony and Presentation Dinner; and WSA thanks Wheelchair Sports Victoria for hosting delegates at this function.


Lord’s Taverners Award 2009

Wayne Robins was presented the Lord’s Taverners Award at the 2009 Australian Paralympic Youth Games (formerly called National Junior Games) held in Melbourne from 5-10 October 2009. The Award was established in 1985 in recognition of individuals who make a significant contribution to Junior Wheelchair Sport in Australia. Wayne Robins has been a long and loyal volunteer for Wheelchair Sports WA and his level of dedication to the Association, in particular the junior Members, is only equalled by the legendary Frank Ponta.

Wayne has volunteered in nearly every way for the Association including coordinating training and competitions for junior athletes, coaching junior athletes, managing junior teams, driving buses at numerous State and National events, chairing committees including the WA junior committee and serving on the Board of Wheelchair Sports WA.

Sports News

Australian Paralympic Youth Games

Wheelchair Sports Victoria (WSV) successfully hosted the inaugural Australian Paralympic Youth Games (APYG) from Monday 5 to Saturday 11 October 2009. The games were supported by the Victorian Government and the Australian Paralympic Committee. Australian Athletes With a Disability (AAWD) was also pleased to provide support to WSV for the Games through its funds grant program. The Games were formerly called the National Junior Wheelchair Games and sanctioned by Wheelchair Sports Australia, and were first held in 1982 in Adelaide where approximately 100 young athletes from around Australia participated.

The sports conducted were Athletics, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Table Tennis, 7-a-side football and Wheelchair Tennis. These Games form an integral pathway for junior athletes to develop their skills in the pursuit of senior national representation including the Paralympic Games. Key aims of the event for the athletes included experiencing enjoyment, fun and involvement, improving self confidence, experiencing international liaison and cultures and enhancing social skills.

Full results and video footage from the Australian Paralympic Youth Games (APYGs) are now available from

Wheelchair Basketball


The Hills Hornets have won the 2009 title in the tenth season of the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL). The win over the Western Stars (66 to 49) was the eighth consecutive title for the Hornets. Cobi Crispin was the highest point scorer for the season, scoring 18 points in the grand final for the Western Stars. Crispin and teammate Clare Burzynski, along with Kylie Gauci (Goudkamp Gladiators), Sarah Stewart (Hills Hornets) and Liesl Tesch (Hills Hornets) were named in the All Star Five. Most Valuable Player was awarded to Gauci and Best New Talent was awarded to Anne-Marie Howarth (Goudkamp Gladiators). The finals series was held on 5-6 September at Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Full results, statistics and further information on the WNWBL are available from the website

In the finals of the NWBL, the Perth Wheelcats were too good for the Wenty WheelKings(106 to 73). Justin Eveson from the Wheelcats was the standout performer scoring 42 points with team mate Shaun Norris scoring 30 points and the Wenty WheelKings’ Jon Pollock scoring 20 points. Troy Sachs (West Sydney Razorbacks) was the high scorer for the season. Pollock was named the Most Valuable Player and Eveson MVP of the Finals Series. Eveson, Sachs and Pollock were joined by Yannik Blair (Victorian Dandenong Rangers) and Abdi Jama (Perth Wheelcats), who were all named in the All Star Five. The NWBL finals series were held at Sydney University Sport and Aquatic Centre on 11-13 September.

For information on the NWBL visit

Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

The Australian Rollers have won Gold at the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships held at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne (11-17 October). The Rollers defeated Japan 68 to 51 in the final with Korea defeating China 70 to 68 in the play off for third place. Australia, Japan and Korea will represent Asia Oceania at the World Championships to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom from 13-25 June 2010.

In other results, the Australian Women's Wheelchair Basketball team, the Gliders, finished their 4 game series against Japan with a 3 – 1 record. The series was held in conjunction with the men’s Asia-Oceania Championships in Dandenong as well as a special luncheon to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Gliders.

For full results please refer to the Basketball Australia website


3rd Asia & South Pacific Boccia championships

The Australian Boccia team consisting of 8 players (Corena Sheridan ACT; Barry Fear, Cally Simpson, Angie McReynolds NSW; Lachlan Kavanagh, Fiona Lyons QLD; Gavin Thorneycroft, John Richardson VIC) competed against 11 countries at the 3rd Asia & South Pacific Boccia championships held in Hong Kong 14-22 August. CPISRA Chairman, Corneel van der Heiden, in her speech confirmed the high standard of the competition, which reinforced the great achievement by both the teams and singles players in reaching the quarter finals. Against Japan, who contained the BC2 singles Gold Medallist, Australia played shot for shot going down 5-4 on the very last ball of the sixth end.

For further information on boccia in Australia, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boccia in Tasmania

With the assistance of an AAWD grant, boccia in Tasmania is growing and ParaQuad Tasmania has started boccia in Hobart with a goal to have competitions against Launceston. Cerebral Palsy Tasmania has been very supportive and Tasmania will be sending a strong team to the National championships in May 2010 at the AIS Canberra.
Anyone interested in playing boccia in Tasmania please contact Kevin Faulkner on 62727513 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boccia in ACT

Numbers are growing in ACT which has led to a larger venue being found and training is now twice weekly. ACT will send a team to compete in the NSW state games. ACT now has an assistant coach which will also help strengthen their competition standard. For more information contact Al Green on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boccia in NSW

The NSW State league competition will be played Nov 2–Dec 8 (experienced players) and their State titles (new players) early March date tbc. Boccia NSW is making a strong commitment to the development of boccia by holding a South West Sydney Kids Boccia Camp over 4 days; organising demonstration games in Penrith & Orange & Arranounbai. They will also help a Central Coast group run a day competition with 20 teams. For more information contact Peter King on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02 9907 2622.

Boccia in QLD

Queensland will hold their state championships in March 2010. For more information on Queensland clubs or competitions please contact Nathan Damm at Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cerebral Palsy Football 7-A-Side

Australian Paralympic Youth Games – 7-A-Side Football

Four state teams contested the Australian Paralympic Youth Games which were held at State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne, Victoria. This was the first time that Paralympic 7-A-Side Football was included in the Australian Paralympic Youth Games and it was also the first time 4 states were able to put teams together to compete. The NSW team entered the tournament as one of the favourites with Queensland, but missing 4 of their players meant it was not going to be an easy task. Both South Australia and Victoria pushed the favourites and were unlucky not to get wins against them.

The tournament was hard on all 4 teams as they had to play 2 games on each day, which meant that all teams played 7 games over 3 ½ days of competition.

The final came down to New South Wales and Queensland whilst the play off was between South Australia and Victoria. New South Wales defeated Queensland 1-Nil in a very close fought match, whilst South Australia defeated Victoria 2-Nil in the final. Top goal scorer was 13 year old Connor Marsh from NSW – who scored a total of 8 goals.

The final results were:
Gold Medal - New South Wales
Silver Medal - Queensland
Bronze Medal - South Australia
4th Place - Victoria

2009 CPISRA International 7-A-Side Football Championships

The Australian team flew out to the Netherlands on the 15 October for the 2009 CPISRA International 7-A-Side Football Championships being held on 20 October to 1 November 2009.

The team for the Championships is as follows:

Sam Larkings (Captain) NSW Ben Atkins (Vice Captain) NSW
Brett Fairhall NSW Brett Cross NSW
Pat Grant NSW Jamie Laybutt NSW
Ned McCabe NSW Aidan Bennison NSW
Daniel Berry NSW Thomas Goodman SA
Jarrod Law QLD Jamie Paulsen QLD

According to Football Federation Australia, the team is ensured of a top eight finish at the tournament, which is enough to secure a spot at the 2011 World Championships – the major qualifier for the London Paralympic Games. Please refer to the CPISRA website for results

If you are interested in finding out more about CP Football, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0413 713 368 after business hours.


Further information on para-cycling is available from

Lawn Bowls

The 2010 National Championships will be held in Melbourne on 3-7 May 2010.

The IWAS World Championships will be held in Adelaide in September/October 2010 with exact dates to be announced in the near future. The IBD World Championships will be held in Bloemfontein, South Africa on 3-12 May 2011. Further information about these championships and Australian team selections will be available in due course.


In July 2009, Volleyball Australia established the D-Volleyball Commission, a body that assume leadership for the development of disability volleyball across the country. This significant and exciting development that supports the Australian Sports Commission’s of integration.

Sitting and Standing Volleyball in Australia emerged in the late 1990s in response challenge and opportunity that the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games offered. A number
pioneers, mainly from the eastern states provided the leadership in promoting and developing these two Paralympic Games versions of the sport. Unfortunately, by 2004, Standing Volleyball was no longer in the Paralympics and this curbed some activities. Deaf Volleyball has emerged as the third disability volleyball discipline and is auspiced by Deaf Sports Australia.

In Australia a number of people are involved at the international level, namely administrators, coaches, referees and classifiers, but it is also at the grass roots level that development required. To this end, the D-Volleyball Commission will be targeting certain states partner with AAWD and its member organisations to assist athletes with a disability.

Wheelchair Rugby

2009 NWRL

The third round and finals rounds of the 2009 National Wheelchair Rugby League were held in Brisbane on 4-6 September 2009. The NSW Gladiators were crowned the 2009 Champions after defeating South Australian Sharks 60 to 41. This year’s league was played under the new IWRF rules, with the main change being the introduction of the 40 second clock.

Congratulations to the following award winners for the 2009 season:

MVP: Ryley Batt (NSW)
Best New Talent: Adam Galle (QLD
Best Referee: Terry Vinyard
All Star Four: Steven Porter (SA) Cameron Carr (QLD) Andrew Harrison (WA) Ryan Scott (QLD)

In a very exciting first for the NWRL the QLD team gained a 3 year sponsorship from the Gold Coast Titans National Rugby League team. This is the first time an able-bodied sporting team has sponsored a Wheelchair Rugby team in Australia and will provide great opportunities for further publicity and other potential sponsorships.
The NWRL also received coverage of the final round from Fox Sports thanks to coordination from the Australian Paralympic Committee.

A major review of the league and rules is currently underway and revised rules will be in place for the 2010 league season. Preparations continue for the 2010 NWRL season.

For information on the NWRL visit

2009 Asia Oceania Zonal Championships

The Australian Steelers will take part in the 2009 Asia Oceania Zonal Championships being held in Christchurch, New Zealand on 2-9 November where they will face Japan, Korea, New Zealand and South Africa. The event is the qualifier for the IWRF 2010 World Championships. For further information please refer to


Australia had two referees Terry Vinyard and Lloyd Whyte officiating at the 2009 New Zealand Nationals. Terry will also be the Australian representative official for the 2009 Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships.

This year’s NWRL faced challenges with the retirement of two officials and unavailability of another two officials leaving only two experienced officials available for events in 2009. With the assistance of an AAWD Funds Grant, Head Official Terry Vinyard conducted two instructional clinics resulting in three C grade officials and one B grade official. In addition a short instructional clinic was conducted by Stan Battock IWRF Technical Commisioner.

Further training clinics are planned for 2010 to continue the development of officials.

Wheelchair Sports Australia is always looking for new referees; with training and development provided for suitable applicants.
If anyone is interested in becoming a wheelchair rugby referee, please contact your state Wheelchair Sports office or Wheelchair Sports Australia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calendar of Events 2009 (*Subject to alterations)


Multi Sport
Australian Paralympic Youth Games
Wheelchair Basketball
Asia-Oceania Championships
QLD State Championships

CPISRA Paralympic 7-A-Side Football International Championships

Wheelchair Basketball
NSW Slam Down Under

Wheelchair Rugby
Asia Oceania Zonal Championships

Subject to alterations
A full Calendar of Events can be found at

Building A 1 Herb Elliott Ave Sydney Olympic Park Homebush Bay NSW 2127
PO Box S83 Homebush South NSW 2140
Phone + 61 2 9763 5819 Fax + 61 2 9764 3757
ACN 104 461 814
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any articles, news items or information that you would like included in our monthly newsletter, please email details toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Whilst we will do our best to include your stories, we do not guarantee publication of all articles due to either space or content restrictions. We also reserve the right to edit any content prior to its publication in our newsletter. Information should be received prior to the 20th of each month.