July - August 2009

Australian Athletes with a Disability

Funding Grants

The August/September round of funding grants is currently open. Applications close on 11
September 2009. Further information, fact sheet and application forms are available from the
AAWD website.

Wheelchair Sports Australia

The 2009 Wheelchair Sports Australia AGM and related meetings will be held in Melbourne in conjunction with the Australian Paralympic Youth Games being held 5-10 October, 2009.

Further information will be made available to member organisations closer to the event.

Sports News

Australian Paralympic Youth Games

Preparations for the Australian Paralympic Youth Games continue for 5-10 October 2009.

For further information, please contact Peter Stewart on 03 9583 4555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. m or visit

Wheelchair Basketball


The Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre will host both the 2009 WNWBL Finals on 5-6 September and the 2009 NWBL Finals on 11-13 September.

Full results, statistics and further information on the WNWBL are available from the website www.wnwbl.basketball.net.au

For information on the NWBL visit http://nwbl.sports.org.au.

U/23 World Championships

Congratulations to the Australian U/23 Wheelchair Basketball team that won a bronze medal at the World Championships held on 7-15 July in Paris.

Rollers World Challenge

The Rollers World Challenge Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was held on 29 July to 1 August 2009 at the Sports Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. Congratulations to the
Australian Rollers for winning the tournament over Canada (Silver in Beijing), Great Britain (Bronze in Beijing) and Japan.


Boccia National Championships

Congratulations to the following players that represented Australia at the 3rd Asia & South Pacific Boccia Championships held on 14-22 August in Hong Kong:- Qld: Fiona Lyons, Lachlan Kavanagh; ACT: Corena Sheridan; NSW: Barry Fear, Ange McReynolds, Cally Simpson; Vic: Gavin Thorneycroft, John Richardson. The Australian team reached the quarter finals.

For further information about playing and learning about boccia, visit www.boccia.com.au or email 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 Football Team

Football will be making its first appearance at the Australian Paralympic Youth Games in October 2009 and the various states are working hard towards getting junior teams there. Both NSW and QLD already have sides, but it is hoped that South Australia and Victoria will have sides as well.

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 www.cycling.org.au

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.


5th ASEAN ParaGames, Kuala Lumpur 2009
Men’s Sitting Volleyball Championship

South Australia’s Barry Couzner, a long-time volleyball devotee, attended the South East Asian countries’ ParaGames event in Kuala Lumpur on 12-21 August. It was the first time that men’s sitting volleyball has been part of the 11-sport ParaGames program.

Barry was a Technical Delegate for the event, representing the World Organisation, Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD), the world governing authority for disability volleyball.
Barry is a member of D-Volleyball SA and Volleyball Australia’s recently formed group, the D-Volleyball Commission.

For further information: http://www.aseanparagameskl09.org.my/default.asp

Wheelchair Rugby

2009 NWRL

The 2009 NWRL Finals round will be held in Brisbane on 4-6 September 2009.

For information on the NWRL visit http://rugby.sports.org.au


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)


World Para-cycling Championships

Wheelchair Rugby
NWRL Finals
Wheelchair Basketball
WNWBL - Finals Series
Wheelchair Basketball
NWBL - Finals Series
QLD State Championships

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 http://www.sports.org.au/calendar.html

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