September-October 2010

Australian Athletes with a Disability (AAWD)

AAWD held their AGM in Sydney on 13 October 2010. Three Directors, Corny van Eldik (CPASRF), Liz Pollock (WSA) and Paul Croft (ASOD) were re-elected to the Board; they join independent Directors, Tanya Cox and Amanda Garland.

Funding Grants

Funding Grant applications closed on Friday 17 September. All applications have been finalised and applicants will be notified in writing shortly. The next round for funding is set for February/March 2011.

Wheelchair Sports Australia (WSA)

WSA held their AGM and Associated Meetings in Sydney on 11-13 October 2010. Congratulations to Esme Bowen (WA) and Wayne Robins (WA) for being re-elected to the Board. Welcome to newly elected Directors, Max Kelleher (VIC) and newly ratified Director, Jane Spring (NSW). They join Michael Godfrey-Roberts (NSW).

50th Anniversary of the first Paralympic Games (Rome 1960)

The 18th of September marked the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the first Paralympic Games held in Rome in 1960. Australia was represented by 13 athletes at these Games including Kevin Coombs and Frank Ponta. Various functions and events have been held to celebrate the achievements of Australia’s first Paralympians including a presentation to four of the first Paralympians currently living in WA at the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Finals held in Perth on 10-12 September. Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) has been working with the National Library of Australia on the Paralympic Oral History Project to record the experiences of Australia’s first Paralympians. APC also celebrated the first Australian Paralympians at the APC’s Paralympian of the Year Awards held on 18 October.

For further information, please visit:

http://www.paralympic.org/Paralympic_Games/Rome_1960/

http://www.iwasf.com/iwasf/index.cfm/about-iwas/history/paralympic-games-1960-1992/

http://www.paralympic.org.au/news/paralympic-games-celebrate-50-years

Awards

Sir Ludwig Guttman Award 2010

Graeme Watts was presented with the Sir Ludwig Guttman Award for outstanding contribution to Australian wheelchair sports at the WSA AGM held in Sydney recently. Graeme was introduced to Wheelchair Sports in the 1980’s when he was the Deputy Principal of Cumberland College of Health, Graeme made the Cumberland College facilities available for the Junior Come ‘n’ Try days on a fortnightly basis in 1982. In this same year, Graeme worked with Yvonne Talbott developing the Wheelchair Sports NSW Junior Christmas Camps, which were also held at Cumberland College Health and continued to be held there for 13 years.

Since 1989 Graeme has served on the Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Open (SIWTO) Organising Committee as a member / consultant. Graeme joined the Wheelchair Sports NSW board in June 2000 and held the position of President for four (4) years. Graeme became president of Wheelchair Sports Australia in 2003 and held the position for six (6) years; he was also a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee Board (2002-2008). Graeme also chaired the committee which formed the International Wheelchair Tennis Federation (IWTF) and was appointed as the Secretary of the inaugural IWTF in 1988.

2010 ASC Media Awards

The Finalists for the Australian Sports Commission Media Awards 2010 have been announced. The ASC Media Awards — now in its ninth year — celebrates analytical and insightful presentation of sport and sporting issues by journalists, broadcasters and photographers. This year the the ASC Media Awards presentation gala dinner will be held at Doltone House (Pyrmont, Sydney) on Thursday 25 November 2010.

Tickets for the ASC Media Awards 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: http://www.ausport.gov.au/about/events/2010_asc_media_awards/finalists

Sports Australia Hall of Fame Awards

Congratulations to David Hall who was recently inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to wheelchair tennis in Australia.

Hall was ranked no. 1 from 1995 to 2005, and he won every major title during his career including a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

For further information, please visit:

http://www.sahof.org.au/mediaCentre/articles/article.php?id=195

Australian Basketball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Greg Love who was recently inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame. Greg’s referee career spans 42 years including both able-bodied and wheelchair basketball, and including significant contribution to the area of training referees. He has controlled National Championship Games and served as senior referee in NBL, WNBL and in wheelchair basketball at the 1998 Gold Cup and 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. Greg is a former Vice-President of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and is

currently the Secretary-General of the IWBF Asia-Oceania region. Greg is a life member of the National Wheelchair Basketball League

For further information, please visit:

http://www.basketball.net.au/index.php?id=1387

Wheelchair Basketball

WNWBL

The Sydney Uni Flames have won the 2010 title of the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL), by defeating premiership favourites, the Western Stars, in a hotly contested gold medal match 61-51. The Goudkamp Gladiators defeated the Victoria Dandenong Rangers (47-40) to win bronze. Sarah Stewart (Sydney Uni Flames) was highest point scorer for the season. Stewart and team mate Liesl Tesch along with Clare Burzynski (Western Stars), Cobi Crispin (Western Stars) and Kylie Gauci (Goudkamp Gladiator) were named in the All Star Five. Most Valuable Player of the season was awarded to Gauci and Best New Talent was awarded to Shelley Cronau (Sydney Uni Flames). The finals series was held at the Herb Graham Centre, Perth, WA on 6-8 August 2010.

WSA would like to thank Lorraine Landon and the staff of Basketball Australia for their ongoing support and assistance of the WNWBL. WSA would also like to thank the athletes, coaches, support staff, referees, score table officials, and volunteers for their hard work and support throughout the 2010 WNWBL.

Preparations for the 2011 WNWBL season are underway.

For more information on the WNWBL, FIBA Live stats and results visit www.wnwbl.basketball.net.au

NWBL

In the finals of the 2010 NWBL, the Perth Wheelcats were too good for the Wollongong Roller Hawks (101 to 81). Richard Nortje (Sydney Razorbacks) was the top scorer for the season. Shaun Norris (Perth Wheelcats) was named the Most Valuable Player of the season and Finals Series. Justin Eveson (Perth Wheelcats), Augustin Alonso (Brisbane Spinning Bullets), Shaun Norris (Perth Wheelcats), Dylan Alcott (Dandenong Rangers) and Tige Simmons (Brisbane Spinning Bullets), were all named in the All Star Five. Brett Paxton (Dandenong Rangers) was named as Coach of the year. The NWBL finals series were held at Shellharbour, NSW 17-19 September 2010.

Preparations for the 2011 NWBL season are underway.

For more information on the NWBL please visit http://www.nwblaus.com .

Boccia

The first Inter-school Boccia Tournament was held on the 11th August in the Hall of Legends at Homebush. This was a joint project between Boccia NSW, The Spastic Centre of NSW and the Department of Education and Training. Eleven teams participated and the grand final was won by Xavier College. The focus was on having fun, making new friends and learning how to play boccia. It is planned to expand this competition next year to more regions, and involve many more schools. The project was a great success for all concerned. Anyone interested in junior boccia please contact Peter King in NSW on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Boccia Australia on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wheelchair Sports Victoria now hosts a regular Boccia development program. A small, enthusiastic group of athletes, play fortnightly in Fitzroy North, Sundays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Boccia Australia plans to develop Boccia programs in Geelong and the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne in the near future. For more information on Boccia in Victoria, please contact Wheelchair Sports Victoria, Sport & Recreation Coordinator; Freya Mellor-Prior on (03) 9473 0133 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit http://www.wsv.org.au/sports/boccia.html .

An opportunity also exists for Boccia Come ‘n’ Try days to be held at schools and day services in northern and inner Melbourne suburbs. For more information please call Leanne on 0410432405 or email 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 Boccia Australia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Further information is available from www.boccia.com.au .

Lawn Bowls

2011 Wheelchair Sports Australia Lawn Bowls Multi-Disability Championships

Wheelchair Sports South Australia will host the 2011 Wheelchair Sports Australia Lawn Bowls Multi-Disability Championships, 3-8 January 2011. More information will be available in the near future. Please check with your state sports organisation for further updates (links are available from www.sports.org.au).

2011 IBD World Championships

The 2011 IBD World Championships will now be held in Johannesburg, South Africa 2 - 14 May. Further information will be available shortly.

For further information on Lawn Bowls contact Wheelchair Sports Australia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your state wheelchair sport organisation ( links are available from www.sports.org.au ).

Cerebral Palsy Football 7-A-Side

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.

Volleyball

Coaching Course

26 committed volleyball coaches and potential coaches attended the first Asia Oceania Committee Volleyball for Disabled (AOCVD) approved D-Volleyball Coaching Course, held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen 27-29 August 2010.

With experienced and credentialed presenters, Weiping Tu (Head Facilitator, AOCVD Development Officer, accredited course presenter and Australian Sitting Volleyball Head Coach), Andrew Davison (WOVD international referee) and Jenni Cole (WOVD classifier); the course ran smoothly with participants enjoying the great variety and subtlety that D-Volleyball offers.

The sessions consisted of both theory and practical. Participants took to playing sitting volleyball themselves, showing that the sport has the potential to be integrated into mainstream competition.

The newly qualified coaches are now able to help any disabled athletes who may be interested in pursuing volleyball as a pastime.

D-Volleyball Australia expressed their thanks to the ASC and AAWD for their help in making this weekend happen.

For further information on volleyball please visit www.avf.org.au .

Wheelchair Rugby

NWRL

Preparations for the 2011 NWRL season are underway. More information will be available shortly.

For information on the NWRL visit http://rugby.sports.org.au or contact Wheelchair Sports Australia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your state wheelchair sport organisation ( links are available from www.sports.org.au ).

2010 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships

The Australian Steelers have won a silver medal the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF), World Championships held in Vancouver Canada from 16-25 September 2010. This equals Australia’s best result at a World Championships or Paralympic Games. The Steelers were defeated in the final by the USA 57-45.

For further information please visit www.paralympic.org.au

Referees

Wheelchair Sports Australia is always looking for new referees; with training and development provided for suitable applicants.

If anyone is interested in becoming a 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.

November

5-7

Wheelchair Tennis

NSW Open (Futures)

Wollongong

NSW

13-14

Athletics

Australian AWD Underage Championships

Canberra

ACT

17-21

Wheelchair Tennis

NEC Singles Masters

Amsterdam

NED

24-28

Wheelchair Tennis

Camozzi Doubles Masters

Brescia

ITA

TBC

Golf

QLD State Championships

Brisbane

QLD

Dates and Events are subject to change