July 2010

July 2010 - Newsletter



Medal of the Order of Australia

Max Kelleher was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to people with disabilities through Wheelchair Sports Victoria, and to the Australian Football League. Max Kelleher was the Chief Executive Officer of Wheelchair Sports Victoria for some 15 years. During his time of office, Wheelchair Sports Victoria developed as one of the leading providers of sport and recreational activities for people with a disability.

Stirling Stars Awards

Congratulations to Wayne Robins (Wheelchair Sports WA) for being awarded the Stirling Valued Volunteer of the Year at the June 23rd 2010 Stirling Stars Awards Night.
The Awards are to recognise amazing volunteers and junior/senior local sports stars living in the City of Stirling. Wheelchair Sports WA member Nick Radovich was also a finalist for the Sports Star Award.

National Disability Awards

Nominations for the 2010 National Disability Awards are currently open. The awards recognise inspirational individuals – whether they have a disability or help those with disability – who are making a valuable contribution to their local community or wider society. Nominations close on 16 July 2010.

For further information please visit www.idpwd.com.au

Wheelchair Basketball


2010 sees 8 rounds of competition hosted throughout Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Victoria, allowing for a total of 42 games with the Finals being held in Shell Harbour and hosted by the Wollongong Roller Hawks.

Round one of the National Wheelchair Basketball League kicked off on the 4th – 6th June 2010. Round one saw the Wenty WheelKings play host to the Brisbane Spinning Bullets; The Adelaide Thunder played host to the Wollongong Roller Hawks, and the West Sydney Razorbacks played host to the Victorian Dandenong Rangers. The Perth Wheelcats were given a bye for the first round. At the end of round one Wollongong Roller Hawks took out top spot on the ladder followed very closely by the Brisbane Spinning Bullets in 2nd, Victorian Dandenong Rangers in 3rd and the West Sydney Razorbacks sitting in 4th spot.

Round two was played on the 19th-20th June where Victoria Dandenong Rangers played host to Adelaide Thunder, Brisbane Spinning Bullets played host to West Sydney Razorbacks Bullets and the Perth Wheelcats played host to the Wenty WheelKings. Round 2 saw the Wollongong Roller Hawks with the bye. At the end of Round 2, the Brisbane Spinning Bullets jumped into 1st place on the ladder, followed by the Victorian Dandenong Rangers in 2nd, Wollongong Roller Hawks in 3rd and the Wenty WheelKings in 4th place.

Round 3 will be played on 23rd – 25th July with home games to Adelaide Thunder, Brisbane Spinning Bullets and the Wenty WheelKings. For full details of dates and locations of rounds on the NWBL please visit http://www.nwblaus.com.


Round two and three of the WNWBL were conducted in late April and May, with teams travelling to Sydney and Victoria for the respective rounds. The ladder now sees Sydney Uni Wheelchair Flames and the Western Stars sit on top heading into round four.

The fourth round of the WNWBL will be held from 6th – 8th August at the Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre. The first game will see the Sydney University Wheelchair Flames take on the Western Stars at 2pm followed by the Goudkamp Gladiators versus Victoria Dandenong Rangers at 4pm.

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

International Results

The Men’s and Women’s Australian Wheelchair Basketball teams, The Rollers and the Gliders returned home with Bronze medals after competing in the 2010 Paralympic World Cup. Both teams struggled through their respective pool rounds losing 2 of their 3 matches leaving both teams to play off for the Bronze Medal.

The Women’s team returned home to play a 5 game test series against Germany in Melbourne in preparation for the IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Birmingham in July. The Gliders were defeated by Germany in the test series 3-2.

World Championship Teams Named

Basketball Australia has announced the 12 athletes to represent the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team the Gliders and 12 athletes to represent the Australian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team the Rollers at the 2010 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Birmingham, England 7th – 17th July.

Gliders Rollers
Melanie Domaschenz Justin Eveson
Cobi Crispin Bill Latham
Bridie Kean Brett Stibners
Amber Merritt Shaun Norris
Tina McKenzie (C) Michael Hartnett
Liesl Tesch Tristan Knowles
Clare Burzynski John Mcphail
Kylie Gauci Tige Simmons
Sarah Stewart Grant Mizens
Katie Hill Dylan Alcott
Leanne Del Toso Jeremy Doyle
Shelly Chaplin Brad Ness
Head Coach: John Triscari Head Coach: Ben Ettridge
Assistant Coach: Ben Osborne Assistant Coach: Craig Friday
Assistant Coach: Matt Dunstan Assistant Coach: Tom Kyle
Manager: Marian Stewart Physiotherapist: Jesse Adams
Physiotherapist: Miranda Wallis Physiologist: Joanna Vale
Manager: Leigh Gooding

For further information please visit www.basketball.net.au.


The Boccia National Championships were conducted in Canberra on 3-6 May by Boccia Australia with support from Australian Paralympic Committee and AAWD. For full results please visit www.boccia.com.au

The CPISRA Boccia World Championships were held in Lisbon, Portugal on 30 May to 10 June, with Australia’s Gavin Thorneycroft, Terry Cooper and Barry Fear making the finals.

For full results visit www.cpisra.org

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.

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

Lawn Bowls

2010 National Championships and Classification Course

The Lawn Bowls Multi-Disability National Championships were hosted by Wheelchair Sports Victoria with assistance from Bowls Australia at Darebin City Bowling Club on 3-7 May. The men’s singles was won by Liam Buckley (SA) and the women’s singles by Jillian Cupples (NSW). The open pairs were won by Liam Buckley and David Bailey (SA), with NSW winning the Interstate trophy.

For full results please visit www.nmd.bowlsnet.com.au

Wheelchair Sports Australia with assistance from Wheelchair Sports Victoria coordinated a lawn bowls classification course in conjunction with the national championships, with funding assistance from International Bowlers for the Disabled and Australian Paralympic Committee. Six new classifiers were trained.

2010 IWAS World Championships and 2011 IBD World Championships

Due to insufficient entries the IWAS Lawn Bowls World Championships have been cancelled for 2010. Although this is a disappointing situation, the current economic climate in many countries precludes their involvement.

WSA will now focus on sending a team to the 2011 IBD Lawn Bowls World Championships to be held in Bloemfontein, South Africa from 2nd to 12th May 2011.

Further information will be available in due course.

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

The NSW Paralympic 7-A-Side Football team defeated QLD to win the 2010 National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Championships. The event was hosted by Wheelchair Sports Victoria, Football Federation Victoria and Australian Paralympic Committee, and assisted by a grant from AAWD. It was the first time in the events’ 10 year history that the Championships were held in Victoria. The event was held at the Darebin International Sports Centre, Melbourne from 11th – 14th June 2010. The annual event saw four teams competing for the title with Victoria defeating South Australia for the bronze medal.

Chris Payne from NSW was awarded the George Tonna Medal (Man of the Match – Gold medal Match). Best and Fairest awards went to: NSW – Sam Larkings, QLD – Beau Menzies; SA – Thomas Goodman and VIC – Ben Roche. The Overall Best & Fairest Award went to Thomas Goodman (SA). Ben Roche (VIC) also received the Golden Boot Award and Sam Larkings (NSW) Received the Golden Gloves Award.

The National side will head into camp on the 9th – 11th July and again 23rd- 25th July before heading to Glasgow for a pretournament camp 10th – 14th August and then competing in the European Championships 15th – 28th August in Glasgow Scotland.

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 Australia, with the assistance of an AAWD grant, is running the first ever Level 1 D-Volleyball Coaching Course at the NSW Academy of Sport, Narrabeen, 27th – 29th August. The course includes coaching athletes with a disability, sitting and standing rules, D-Volleyball classification, creating sitting drills and AOCVD certificate of participation and NCAS Level 1 coaching certificate.

Course cost is $100 per person and includes meals, accommodation and coaching instructions. For more information please contact John Cheadle, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0423555761.

For further information www.avf.org.au

Wheelchair Rugby

International Results

The Australian Steelers won the seven-nation Canada Cup recently, following a 4-1 test series defeat to the number one world ranked United States. The team now returns to Australia where players will play in the National Wheelchair Rugby League, before final preparations for the 2010 IWRF World Championships to be held on 16th – 26th September in Vancouver, Canada.

For further information please visit:

2010 NWRL

Round 1 kicked off in Melbourne on 21st – 23rd May with some stellar games, which saw the Jetstar Gold Coast Wheelchair Rugby Titans take out top spot on the ladder, going through the round undefeated. SA Sharks are in second place on 8 points only losing to Jetstar Gold Coast Wheelchair Rugby Titans.

Round 2 will kick off in Adelaide on Friday 9th July at the Parks Recreation Centre in Adelaide.

Special thanks to the Australian Paralympic Committee and Telstra for their ongoing support of the 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


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 2010 (*Subject to alterations)

2-4 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Berlin/Hamburg (Gliders) Berlin/Hamburg GER
2-4 Wheelchair Tennis Wimbledon (Grand Slam) London GBR
3-4 Athetics Gold Coast Wheelchair 1/2 Marathon Gold Coast QLD
7-17 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Birmingham UK
9-11 Wheelchair Rugby NWRL - Round 2 Adelaide SA
16-18 Wheelchair Tennis North Queensland Wheelchair Champs (Futures) Townsville QLD
20-25 Wheelchair Tennis British Open Super Series) Nottingham GBR
23-25 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Round 3 TBC
30-1 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Round 4 TBC
6-8 Wheelchair Basketball WNWBL - Round 4 Sydney NSW
6-8 Wheelchair Rugby NWRL - Round 3 Brisbane QLD
13-15 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Round 5 TBC
15-21 Swimming IPC Swimming World Championships Netherlands NL
20-22 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Round 6 TBC
20-22 Wheelchair Rugby NWRL Finals Sydney NSW
27-29 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Round 7 TBC
31-5/09 Wheelchair Tennis USTA Wheelchair Championships Open (Super Series) St. Louis USA
31/08- 5 Wheelchair Tennis USTA Wheelchair Championships Open (Super Series) St. Louis USA
3-5 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Round 8 TBC
5 Athletics QLD State Championships Brisbane QLD
9-12 Wheelchair Tennis US Open (Grand Slam) New York USA
10-13 Wheelchair Basketball WNWBL - Finals Series Perth WA
16-26 Wheelchair Rugby IWRF World Championships Vancouver CAN
17-19 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL - Finals Series TBC NSW
17-19 Wheelchair Tennis South Pacific Open (Futures) Nowra
18 Powerlifting QLD State Championships Brisbane WLD
26/09-04/10 Lawn Bowls IWAS World Championships Adelaide SA
3-14 Multi Sport Commonwealth Games Delhi India
16-17 Boccia Maryborough Masters Games Maryborough QLD
22-24 Wheelchair Tennis Victorian Open (futures) Bendigo VIC
24 Swimming QLD State Championships Brisbane QLD
5-7 Wheelchair Tennis NSW Open (Futures) Wollongong NSW
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

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

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.
ABN: 96104461814

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