January - February 2009

January - February 2009 - Newsletter

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Australian Athletes with a Disability

Funding Grants

The February round of funding grants are now open. Further information and application forms are available from the AAWD website. Applications close on Friday 6 March 2009.

Awards

Order of Australia: Australia’s gold medallists from the Beijing Paralympic Games were awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day. Many of these athletes are members of our member organisations. A list of athletes receiving the honours is available on our website.

Wheelchair Sports Australia

APC Youth Games

The confirmed dates for the APC Youth Games being held in Melbourne, Victoria are 4-11 October 2009.

For further information, please contact Wheelchair Sports Victoria on 03 9473 0133 or visit www.wsv.org.au/events/australian-paralympic-youth-games.html

Wheelchair Basketball

WNWBL and NWBL

In an exciting development, Wheelchair Sports Australia (WSA) and Basketball Australia (BA) will officially partner up to coordinate the 2009 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL). Due to rising costs, the WNWBL was at risk of losing one round of the competition. As the underpinning program of the Australian Gliders Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, the partnership will allow the WNWBL to continue in its current format of four rounds and a final series. On the back of the Gliders championship win at the Osaka Cup in Japan last Saturday and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, it is hoped that this partnership will greatly assist the development of women’s wheelchair basketball in Australia as well as the Gliders’ goal of gold in London 2012.

For information on the WNWBL visit http://wnwbl.sports.org.au and for the NWBL visit http://nwbl.sports.org.au. A new website for the WNWBL will be available in the near future.

Boccia

Cerebral Palsy Boccia Australia National Championships

The dates for the Cerebral Palsy Boccia Australia National Championships are May 4-8 2009 inclusive. Expressions of Interest will be available in January 2009 both online at www.boccia.com.au and by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If anyone is interested in playing or learning about Boccia, please contact the National Development Officer, Lynn Kavanagh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting Cerebral Palsy Boccia Australia, 2 Duchess Place, Cleveland, Qld 4163.

Cerebral Palsy Football 7-A-Side

Australian Paralympic Football Team

The Paralympic Football Team will be participating in the ARAFURA games for the first time. England, Korea, Japan, and Malaysia have already confirmed that they will be attending the games. The organisers are waiting on responses from Scotland, Ireland, South Africa and India on the possibility of them also attending the games.

Australian Paralympic Youth Games


Football will be making its first appearance at the Australian Paralympic Youth Games in September 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 also have sides as well.

If you are interested in finding out more about CP Football then 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.

Para-Cycling

Results from the Australian Para-cycling Track Championships and the Australian Paracycling Road Championships are available from www.cycling.org.au

Premier’s Award for Paris
Adapted from APC Media, from the APC website

Paralympic cyclist and Wheelchair Sports NSW member, Jayme Paris was recently presented the prestigious NSW Premier’s Award in recognition of her outstanding athletic achievements and advocacy work. At her first Paralympic Games, Jayme won a bronze medal in the 500m time trial in the LC3-4/CP3 class in Beijing. Away from the track, Jayme also works tirelessly to educate people about living with a disability as a Telstra Paralympic Education Program Speaker and as a NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge Ambassador.

Lawn Bowls


The 2009 National Championships will be held from 22-27 June 2009 at Chermside in Brisbane, Queensland. Unfortunately due to a clash with another international event, the IWAS World Championships which were to be held in Adelaide, South Australia in September and October 2009 have been postponed until 2010. Further details will be available in the near future.

Wheelchair Rugby

Head Referee

Congratulations to Terry Vinyard, who was recently appointed as Australia’s Wheelchair Rugby Head Referee for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Terry brings a wealth of experience having been involved in wheelchair rugby for twenty years and refereeing the sport since 1990. He has been serving as the National Wheelchair Rugby League (NWRL) Commissioner and was voted “Best Referee” by the competing teams for the past two years.

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.
2009 NWRL State teams are currently finalising their team lists for the 2009 National Wheelchair Rugby League. If you are interested in playing wheelchair rugby 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. For information on the NWRL visit http://rugby.sports.org.au

Calendar of Events 2009 (*Subject to alterations)

March
6-8
Boccia
QLD State Championships
Brisbane
QLD
7-8
Wheelchair Basketball
Women's Festival of Wheelchair Basketball
Narrabeen
NSW
11
Boccia
NSW State Championships - Day 1
Sydney
NSW
14
Power Lifting
National Championships
Brisbane
QLD
14
Boccia
NSW State Championships - Day 2
Sydney
NSW
19-22
Lawn Bowls
VIC State Championships
Melbourne
Vic
30-3
Lawn Bowls
QLD State Championships
Brisbane
QLD
April
14-17
Lawn Bowls
SA State Championships
Adelaide
SA
19-24
Archery
National Championships
Adelaide
SA
24-26
Wheelchair Rugby
QLD State Championships 'The Bash'
Brisbane
QLD
May
1-3
Wheelchair Rugby
WNWBL - Round 1
Perth
WA
2-8
Boccia
National Championships
Narrabeen
NSW
9-17
Multi Sport
Arafura Games
Darwin
NT
24-26
Fencing
Lonato del Garda World Cup
Lonato
24-26
Wheelchair Rugby
Paralympic Cup
Manchester
24-26
Wheelchair Rugby
NWBL - Round 1
tbc
24-26
Cycling
Australian Para-cycling Road
Championships for LC, CP3/4 and BVI
Mooball and Murwillumbah
June
5-7
Wheelchair Basketball
QLD State Championships 'The Classic'
Brisbane
QLD
5-8
Wheelchair Rugby
National Championships
Sydney
NSW
1-14
Wheelchair Basketball
WNWBL - Round 2
Melbourne
Vic
19-21
Wheelchair Basketball
NWBL - Round 2
tbc
22-27
Lawn Bowls
National Championships
Brisbane
QLD
26-28
Wheelchair Rugby
NWRL - Round 1
Adelaide
SA
26-28
Wheelchair Basketball
WNWBL - Round 3
Sydney
NSW
27-28
Wheelchair Basketball
NWBL - Round 3
tbc

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


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Gillian Ting - Executive Officer
Australian Athletes with a Disability Ltd
PO Box 4083 Homebush South NSW 2140
Phone + 61 2 8116 9720 Fax + 61 2 8732 1633
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.sports.org.au
ABN: 96104461814

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