November - December 2006

November - December 2006 - Newsletter


Australian Athletes with a Disability


Australian Athletes with a Disability held its AGM in conjunction with the Wheelchair Sports Australia AGM weekend in Melbourne on 20-22 October. Liz Pollock and Corny van Eldik retired from the Board by rotation but were re-elected unopposed. AAWD would like to thank Wheelchair Sports Australia for the opportunity to attend their AGM and the weekend of associated meetings. It proved to be very valuable and rewarding for all those who participated.

Office Closure – Christmas/New Year

We wish to advise that the AAWD office will be closed from 12 noon Friday 22 December 2006 until 9.00am Monday 8 January 2007 for the Christmas/New Year break.

The staff and board of AAWD and all its member organisations would like to extend our best wishes to all of you for the Christmas Season.

Wheelchair Sports Australia


The WSA Annual General Meeting was held in Melbourne on Saturday 21 October. This year’s AGM weekend was attended by a record number of delegates with each state including Tasmania being represented. Graeme Watts, Phil Tracey and Wayne Robins retired from the Board by rotation but all were re-elected unopposed.

A number of other meetings were held during the course of the weekend including a forum hosted by the APC’s CEO Darren Peters and a meeting on classification hosted by the APC’s National Classification Manager Jenni Cole.

WSA would also particularly like to thank Max Kelleher (CEO), Jeremy Long (President) and their team at Wheelchair Sports Victoria for once again brilliantly hosting the weekend.

Sir Ludwig Guttman Award

Wheelchair Sports Australia recently had the pleasure of honouring the achievements of Michael Godfrey-Roberts, by presenting him with the Sir Ludwig Guttman Award for the year 2006. Michael was presented with the award on Saturday 25 November 2006 during the Wheelchair Sports NSW Annual Awards Dinner held at the Bankstown Sports Club.

Graeme Watts, Chair of Wheelchair Sports Australia, presented the award to Michael for his contribution to wheelchair sports for a period of over twenty-five years. The highlights of Michael’s contribution to wheelchair sports include his numerous team management appointments at events such as the Seoul Paralympics, the Barcelona Paralympics and being the Assistant Chef de Mission at the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996. In addition to these appointments Michael is currently a Board Member of both Wheelchair Sports NSW and Wheelchair Sports Australia. Well done Michael!


IWAS have called for expressions of interest to initiate the bidding process for the IWAS World Games programme for 2008-2010. Organisations are invited to express interest in bidding for the following: 2008 World Junior Games; 2009 World Junior Games; 2009 World Senior Games; 2010 World Junior Games. Please contact the AAWD office before Monday 11 December if you are wishing to put forward an expression of interest in the above events.



National Junior Head Coach Appointment

Basketball Australia in conjunction with Wheelchair Sports Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Ettridge as the Head Coach of the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball team. Ben’s appointment will commence immediately and continue through to August 2009. It is anticipated that the World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships will be held during June-August 2009.

Ben already has vast experience as a Wheelchair Basketball Coach. He is the Head Coach of the Perth Wheelcats, the National Wheelchair Basketball League Champions for 2006 and is currently coaching in the Italian National League. He is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Junior program and playing a hand in developing the Gliders and Rollers of the future.

World Club Championships: Razorbacks

The West Sydney Razorbacks finished in fourth position at the World Wheelchair Basketball Club Championships, which were held in Kitakyushu City, Japan from October 27-29. The Ontario Men's team were overall winners playing an exciting match against Germany, squeaking past them by 3 points in the last few seconds of the gold medal match. Now in its fourth season, the Kitakyushu Champions' Cup is fast becoming one of the most exciting international events in wheelchair basketball, showcasing the best players in the world. Unfortunately Australian Paralympians Troy Sachs and Brendan Dowler, along with Great Britain Paralympian Colin Price, were all unavailable to travel, causing some disruption to the Razorbacks chances in the Championships.

Day 1: Lahn-Dill, Germany 73 d West Sydney Razorbacks, Australia 60
Team Ontario, Canada 58 d Chiba Hawks, Japan 38
Day 2: Chiba Hawks, Japan 56 d West Sydney Razorbacks, Australia 50
Lahn-Dill, Germany 68 d Team Ontario, Canada 42
Day 3: Lahn-Dill, Germany 72 d Chiba Hawks, Japan 51
Team Ontario, Canada 60 d West Sydney Razorbacks, Australia 47
3/4 playoff: Chiba Hawks, Japan 66 d West Sydney Razorbacks, Australia 61
Gold Medal 1/2 Playoff: Team Ontario, Canada 61 d Lahn-Dill, Germany 58.

Next Year’s League Dates

For all of next year’s league dates check the draft calendar at


In October Boccia welcomed the Great Southern Boccia Victoria Association to the wonderful world of sport. This new club, formed in the Dromana, Victoria area, already has players showing promise and hoping to take their turn on the medal podium at next year’s State and National Championships. Timothy Desmond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Yoerg Kreinberg on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (0423 223 159) can be contacted for more information about the club, demonstrations and workshops.

Preparations for the National Championships in July 2007 at Camp Manyung in Melbourne have been finalised and Expressions of Interest forms will be available in January 2007 from Boccia Australia.


For all the latest Fespic Games results and regular updates go to the APC website The daily newsletter Banjo's Bugle is also available on the site. Results will be posted in the next newsletter.

Sitting Volleyball

Sitting Volleyball Australia invites females to attend a national training, development and selection camp for the Australian Women’s Sitting Volleyball Program at the Sydney Academy of Sport Narrabeen, NSW from 14-19 January 2007. Applications close 15 December 2006.

For further information and for an application form please contact:

Prior to 3rd Dec: Kylie Gauci at the APC on PH: 02 9704 0525 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After 3rd December: Glenn Pyne, Assistant National Coach, Women’s Sitting Volleyball Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The World IPC Swimming Championships in Durban, South Africa commence on December 1st. Australia has a team of 22 swimmers contesting the championships. For full details and results check out the IPC Swimming website and

Table Tennis

Congratulations to Rebecca Julian from Melbourne for qualifying to compete in the IPC World Table Tennis Championships. The Championships were held in Montreux, Switzerland in October and while Rebecca didn’t place at the championships, it was a great boost to the Table Tennis PPP that an Australian athlete is once again competing on the world stage. Well done Rebecca!

Kurt Fearnley Conquers New York

Australian Paralympic champion Kurt Fearnley from NSW, recently won the ING New York City Marathon in spectacular fashion. Fearnley, the reigning Paralympic and World Wheelchair Marathon Champion dominated the race, winning by over 6 minutes and smashing the course record in the process. His time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 17 seconds broke the previous course record of 1:31:11 set in 2005 by South African Ernst Van Dyk.

The win capped off a terrific year for Fearnley, and after an exhausting schedule he's looking forward to a well-earned break. With four marathon wins from six starts this year, Fearnley is now seen as the dominant force in men's wheelchair racing, and is looking to carry his form on to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. The win in New York, goes with victories in Sydney, Seoul and Assen, and with two World Championship track medals to boot, 2006 has been a defining year in the career of this young Australian champion.

2007 Grand Prix

The Australian Wheelchair Grand Prix Series is to be revamped and revitalized in 2007. Work is currently going on behind the scenes to put together a series of 4 events kicking off with the Oz Day 10km in Sydney on January 26, 2007. In addition to the competition aspect activities such as come and try clinics, group training and coach/athlete opportunities will be included. More information will be available shortly.

Wheelchair Rugby

National Head Coach Appointment

Wheelchair Sports Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Dubberley as the Head Coach for the Australian Wheelchair Rugby PPP. With previous Head Coach Evan Bennett standing down for personal reasons, Brad’s appointment covers the period up to and including the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. During this time Brad will be responsible for preparing the team in all lead-up tournaments including the 2007 Oceania Zonal Championships in Sydney (November 2007).

As previous Assistant Coach, Brad is approaching his new appointment with enthusiasm and commitment and is quickly focussing on re-building the team after the recent World Championships and aiming for nothing less than climbing to the top of the wheelchair rugby rankings. At 25 Brad is already a veteran of the game. He has been playing wheelchair rugby for eleven years. With three World Championships, two Paralympic Games and five US seasons under his belt, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the game. Brad will continue as a player in competitions at national level but will focus solely on his Head Coach responsibilities for all Australian team international competitions.

2007 Telstra NWRL

WSA’s Rugby Committee chaired by Hilary Poole from Victoria are now planning the 2007 season with the following rounds to be played:

Round 1: 29 June – 1 July, SA
Round 2: 10 – 12 August, VIC
Round 3 (Finals): 20 – 23 September, QLD

There is a later start date than usual to allow the national team members to still be playing NWRL in September in the lead up to the Chris Handy Cup in October and the Oceania Zonal Championships in Sydney in November.

Draft Calendar of Events 2007 (*Subject to alterations)

4-7 Lawn Bowls SA State Championships
14-19 Sitting Volleyball Women's Training Camp
23-27 Wheelchair Tennis Australian Open
26 Road Racing Wheelchair Grand Prix
31-Feb 4 Wheelchair Tennis Sydney International
2-3 Lawn Bowls NSW Training Camp
7-10 Wheelchair Tennis Queensland Open
24-25 Wheelchair Basketball Albury Festival of Sport
7-11 Lawn Bowls QLD Championships
26-29 TBC Lawn Bowls VIC State Championships
19-24 Lawn Bowls National Championships
28-30 Wheelchair Rugby Queensland Bash
6-7 Wheelchair Basketball WNWBL Round 1
12-19 Multi Sport The Arafura Games
14-20 WaterSkiing World Disabled Water Skiing Champship

Subject to alterations
A full Calendar of Events can be found at

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