April 2006

April 2006 - Newsletter


2007 IWAS World Games
The 2007 IWAS World Games have been awarded to Chinese Taipei (subject to contract). The games will take place in September 2007. Further information regarding Australia's participation in these games will be made available in the near future.

2007 IWAS Junior Games
The 2007 IWAS Junior Games have been awarded to South Africa (subject to contract) and will be held in Johannesburg in March/April. More information regarding Australia's involvement in these games will be made available in the near future

Future IWAS World and Junior Games
IWAS is currently calling for Bids for both the 2009 World Games (senior) and the 2008 World Junior Games. If any member organisations are interested in bidding for either of the events, please contact Robyn Stephensen in the AAWD office to further discuss the bid process


Commonwealth Games
Congratulations to all 29 EAD athletes who competed at last month's Commonwealth Games. Between them they collected 9 of the 36 EAD medals on offer (4 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze). Swimmer Matthew Cowdrey, who finished with two gold medals and two world records in the men's 50m and 100m EAD freestyle events, led the EAD performances. Matt was also the only individual male swimmer of Australian swim team to collect gold. Other gold medallists were on the track at the MCG in the Athletics competition - Lisa McIntosh won the women's T37 class over 100m and Heath Francis won the Men's T46 class in the 200m.
The two EAD silver medals also came from the track, with Katrina Webb finishing behind Lisa in the T37 100m and Eliza Stankovic achieving her first major international podium finish in the women's 800m T54 wheelchair class.

The three EAD bronze medals were spread among three sports. At the pool, Annabelle Williams finished third in the Women's 50m freestyle, Asti Poole collected bronze in the women's seated shot put and the final bronze medal went to Darren Gardiner in the men's open powerlifting event.

There were also plenty of finalists in all three above sports and some promising results in Table Tennis.

2006 VISA Paralympic World Cup
The Rollers will play in the 2006 VISA Paralympic World Cup to be held in Manchester (UK) 1-5 May. The tournament will feature Australia, United States, Great Britain and Sweden and is seen as a vital part of the Rollers build-up to the Gold Cup (World Championships) later in the year.

Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge
The Australian women's wheelchair basketball team (Gliders) has been chosen for the Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge (formerly the Roosevelt Tournament), which will be held in Warm Springs, Georgia USA at the end of May. Head coach Gerry Hewson is obviously building for the future, selecting seven players under twenty-five, which makes this the youngest Gliders team in many years.
Coach Hewson will make his final selections for the 2006 Gold Cup (World Championships) at the end of the Warm Springs tournament, pruning his fourteen-woman squad down to twelve.
The full squad for Warm Springs is:
Alison Mosely (QLD), Clare Burzynski (QLD), Cobi Crispin (QLD), Sarah Stewart (NSW), Tina McKenzie (NSW), Katie Hill (NSW), Kylie Gauci (NSW), Jenny Nicholls (NSW), Liesl Tesch (NSW), Melanie Domaschenz (VIC), Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy (VIC), Shelley Chaplin (VIC), Melissa Collins (SA), Melanie Hall (NT), head coach: Gerry Hewson (NSW), assistant coach: Matt Dunstan (NSW), assistant coach/manager: Sonia Healy (NSW), physiotherapist: David Spurrier (SA).

The 2006 Season of the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League will tipped off with round 1 at the Norths Basketball Stadium 22-23 April 2006. Round 2 will be held at Knox Basketball Stadium 5 - 7 May 2006. There is sure to be some great action all year, so get along to any games in your area. A full season draw can be found at http://wnwbl.sports.org.au/ . Match results from round 1 are also available on this site.

The National Wheelchair Basketball League is set for another exciting and tough season in 2006. First matches will be played 20-21 May. Please visit http://nwbl.sports.org.au/ for more information on the league season ahead.

2006 Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championships
NSW dominated the 2006 Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championships held recently in Brisbane, eventually taking the Grand Final over WA 99-20.

In the International Final, the Australian team challenge the USA all the way before eventually going down 68-55.

Individual Award winners from the tournament were as follows:

Tournament MVP High Point: Bill Latham (NSW)
Tournament MVP Mid Point: Ben Wright (WA)
Tournament MVP Low Point: Dylan Alcott (VIC)
Yvonne Talbot Best Newcomer: Sharnie Grazules (NSW)
Grant Final MVP High Point: Bill Latham (NSW)
Grand Final MVP Low Point: Mitchell Van Tongerin (NSW)
International Challenge MVP: Brendan Downes 9USA)
Referee of the Tournament: Shaun Gottliebsen

All game results can be found at: http://www.sportingwheelies.org.au/page.htm?ID=103

Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association for hosting this year's event.

2006 Qld Wheelchair Basketball "Classics"
Nominations are now being called for the 2006 Qld Wheelchair Basketball "Classics". For more information or an Entry Kit, please contact Rhonda Hill at Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association on 07 - 3253 3333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2006 Australian Road Cycling Championships
Cycling NSW will be hosting the 2006 National AWD Road Championships.
The AWD Individual Time Trial will be held on Wednesday 03 May 2006 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith Lakes and the Road Race will be held on Friday 05 May 2006 at Heffron Park, Maroubra.

Event Closing
Wed 03 May 06 06080 National AWD Road Individual Time Trial Championship Mon 17 Apr 06 More Info
Fri 05 May 06 06086 National AWD Road Championship Mon 17 Apr 06 More Info

Events will be held in all categories and classifications provided there are enough entries

Handcycling distances will be as follows"

Men Hand Cycling
HC Div A Men Road Race 40km
HC Div B Men Road Race 50km
HC Div C Men Road Race 50km

Women Hand Cycling
HC Div A Road Race 30km
HC Div B Road Race 40km
HC Div C Road Race 40km

Internet Race Entry

Manual Entry Form

If you require further information, please contact:

Kristina Short
Cycling NSW
Ph: + 61 2 9738 5850
Fax: + 61 2 9738 5853
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Wild West Handcycling Tour
From the 15th to the 19th of March, 40 competitors from all four corners of the globe, competed in the inaugural Wild West Handcycling tour in Perth. Over five days of racing, competitors covered a distance of 165 kilometres and some clear winners arose with the shine of a gold jersey glistening in their eyes.

WA's Craig Parsons claimed the jersey over Rastislav Turecek and Rowan Bowles in the A division. There was a large contingency of B division riders on the tour, however, it was taken out by Czech Republic's Marcel Pipek, but was pushed all the way by Radovan Civis and WA boy Peter Allen. The equally large C1 division was a battle for first position all week between Elmar Sternath and WA's golden boy Nigel Barley. Sternarth eventually took the victory by a mere three minutes. In the C2 division, an astounding pace was set for every leg of the tour by USA cyclist Alejandro Albor, followed by Austria's Markus Schmoll and Holland's Johan Reekers. In the women's F division, Monique Van Der Vorst won convincingly with WA's Nu Nguygen-Thi, finishing second. For a full list of results click http://www.sports.org.au/

Congratulations must go to Gary Lees, Andrew Budge and all at Wheelchair Sports WA for hosting such a successful event.

Lawn Bowls
2006 National Championships
The 2006 Multi Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships will be held at Darrebin Bowls Club, Melbourne 27 April - 4 May 2006. With a new format and some new faces we are looking forward to a great competition.

Wheelchair Rugby
Canada Cup
The Australian Team for the 2006 Canada Cup has been announced. For more information and the full team, please visit http://www.sports.org.au/

2006 Telstra National Wheelchair Rugby League
The 2006 Telstra National Wheelchair Rugby League will tip off at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen 26-28 May 2006. This year we welcome Victoria back to the League after a year's absence. With several new players joining the old hands in a number of teams, there are sure to be some intriguing battles ahead.

Classification Clinic
A Wheelchair Rugby Classification Clinic will be held in conjunction with round 1 of the National Wheelchair Rugby League in Sydney on 27 May 2006. This clinic will be presented by Greg Ungerer (Level 4 International Classifier) and Cindy Evans (Level 3 International Classifier). This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a Wheelchair Rugby Classifier. For more information or to register your interest, please email AAWD on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cindy Evans on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Table Tennis
World Table Tennis Championships
Congratulations to Rebecca Julian who has been invited to compete in the IPC World Table Tennis Championships to be held in Montreux, Switzerland in September. Rebecca is the sole Australian to be invited to this event and will compete in Open Singles (Classes 6-10) and Class Singles (Classes 6-7).

May - July Calendar of Events

1-7 Multi Sport (athletics, cycling, swimming, wc b'ball) Visa Paralympic World Cup Manchester UK
5-9 Boccia Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Assn State Championships
5-7 Cycling/Handcyling National Road Championships Sydney, NSW
6-7 Wheelchair Basketball WNWBL Round 2 Melbourne, VIC
6-7 Wheelchair Rugby NZ WRC 1 - "Bash" Wellington NZ
13-14 Shooting SA State Championships (rifle) Adelaide, SA
13-14 Wheelchair Rugby State Based Camp Melbourne, VIC
19-21 Fencing World Cup Lonato, Italy
20-21 Wheelchair Rugby Maitland Open Maitland, NSW
20-21 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL Round 1
20-21 Shooting Australian Training Camp Brisbane, QLD
27-28 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL Round 2
26-28 Wheelchair Rugby NWRL Round 1 Sydney, NSW
27-28 Shooting Australian Training Camp Sydney, NSW
29 Wheelchair Rugby Australian PPP Training Camp Sydney, NSW
TBC Sitting Volleyball National Training Camp Gold Coast, QLD
3-4 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL Round 3
3-9 Tenpin Bowling Australian Disability Championships Sydney, NSW
9-11 Wheelchair Basketball Queensland "Classics" Brisbane, QLD
9-11 Fencing World Cup Turin, Italy
10-11 Rugby NZ WRC 2 Auckland NZ
17-18 Basketball NWBL Round 4
17-18 Shooting Australian Training Camp Brisbane, QLD
21-25 Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup Burnaby, BC, Canada
24-25 Wheelchair Rugby Blacktown Open Blacktown, NSW
24-25 Table Tennis National Championships Adelaide, SA
30-2 July Shooting Australia Cup Brisbane, QLD
2 Wheelchair Road Racing Gold Coast Marathon Gold Coast QLD
2 Wheelchair Road Racing Perth Marathon and Relay Perth, WA
3-16 Wheelchair Basketball IWBF World Championships -Gold Cup The Netherlands
4-10 Boccia National Championships Perth, WA
8-9 Wheelchair Rugby NZ WRC 3 Christchurch NZ
11-17 Athletics IWAS Junior Athletics Championships Dublin, Ireland
12-22 Shooting IPC Shooting World Championships Switzerland
14-16 Wheelchair Rugby NWRL Round 2 Adelaide, SA
14-16 Sitting Volleyball National Training Camp Sydney/Melbourne TBC
15-17 Fencing World Cup Warsaw, Poland
19-21 Wheelchair Rugby Chris Handy Cup Adelaide, SA
22-23 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL Round 5
24-25 Shooting Australian Training Camp Sydney, NSW
29-30 Wheelchair Basketball NWBL Round 6

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

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