March 2005

March 2005 Newsletter

Australian Athletes with a Disability Ltd

The next meeting of the AAWD Board will be held on Tuesday 5 April. Funding allocations for AAWD's second and final round of funding for 2004-2005 will be made at this meeting.


CPASRF in conjunction with AAWD will be hosting a Classification Course in Sydney during April. The course will be conducted by International Classifiers Joan Steele- Mills and Sean Tweedy. The course will be held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen from Friday 15th April 5.30 pm to Sunday 17th April noon.

For those requiring accommodation it is available at the Academy of Sport on Friday and Saturday nights at a total cost of $175 per person.

Successful participants will be accredited to give National Classifications as part of a panel as per CPASRF and CPISRA policy.

Intending participants should send their details including their name, address, email, phone contacts and area of sport expertise to AAWD.


The Wheelchair Sports Australia Archery National Championships will be held in conjunction with the 58th Australian Archery Championships 2nd - 9th April 2005, Melbourne, Victoria. Good luck to all competitors.


South Australian Neil Fuller, one of Australia's most successful Paralympians, has announced his retirement from national and international athletics.
Neil competed at his first of four Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, returning with relay gold and three individual medals. Over 12 years at the top of his sport he amassed six gold, six silver and three bronze medals in Paralympic competition. Few who saw it will ever forget his dramatic win in the 400m in Sydney where he ran down the leader in the final 10 metres to claim gold. Neil has also competed at three IPC Athletics World Championships, winning 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. He won gold in a 200m exhibition race at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Edmonton in 2001 and placed 5th in the same event in 2003 in Paris.



From March 28th to April 1st, 2005, the junior teams of Australia, Japan and Malaysia will play for the right of the top two teams to represent IWBF Asia Oceania at the World Junior Championship 2005 in Birmingham next August.

The Australian team is returning to the World Junior scene having played in the first World Junior Championship in Toronto, Ontario in 1997 winning the Bronze medal. Australia did not take a team to the second World Junior Championship in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil in 2001. Canada is the current World Junior Champions.

Australia's team is:

Jace Clare QLD
Mel Domaschenz VIC
Kylie Gauci NSW
Brant Garvey WA
Katie Hill NSW
Bill Latham NSW
Shaun Norris WA
Darren Skuse NSW
Mitch Van Tongeren QLD


IWBF Asia Oceania will announce the host of the qualification tournament leading into the 2006 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in the near future.

The qualification tournament (IWBF Asia Oceania QT) will be conducted in October. Teams competing are, Women. Australia, China, Japan and Thailand. For the Men. Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

The last IWBF Asia Oceania QT for men was conducted in Shellharbour south of Sydney in March of 2004. This will be the first QT in Asia Oceania for women's teams giving Australia and Japan competition for the World Championship spots.


A new web site is now available at The Gold Cup 2006 will be held from July 3rd until July 16th 2006 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. A total of 20 teams will participate in this World Championship including both Dutch teams.


The 2005 Asia & South Pacific Boccia Championships will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between 15th -22nd September 2005.


Andrew Budge reports the Handcycling National Championships held this month in Perth were preceded by a three day training camp with presentations covering Sports Nutrition, Physiotherapy/Body Maintenance, Physiology, Bike Set up, Sports Psychology and Strength Training.

Competitors at the nationals were double the numbers of 2004 and it was great to see four international competitors entered to race. Notably Johan Reekers from Holland, who was a Bronze Medallist at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games in the Road Race.

For results visit


Robyn Stephensen reports the Powerlifting Nationals held in Brisbane on Saturday 19 March 2005 saw a number of new lifters at this event and all acquitted themselves extremely well. Deahnne McIntrye took out the ladies section whilst Darren Gardiner won the men's section followed by Abebe Fekadu and Paul Hyde. For results see


The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) has announced the IWRF 2006 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships has been awarded to New Zealand, subject to signature to Contract, and will take place from 7 to 17 September 2006 in the city of Christchurch.


The Excell trip to USA Paralympics has been cancelled due to insufficient interest from members of the Excell Squad.

April Calendar of Events

2/3 Basketball NRMA Insurance National League Sydney, NSW
8-15 Juniors National Junior Games Sydney, NSW
10 Road Paris Marathon Paris, France
18 Road Boston Marathon Boston, USA
21-28 Volleyball AOCVD Men's Sitting Volleyball Qualifying Tournament Tehran, Iran
23-25 Rugby Queensland Rugby Bash Brisbane, QLD
24 Road London Marathon London, England
30 - 1 Basketball NRMA Insurance National League Sydney, NSW
Subject to alterations.