May 2005 Newsletter
International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Association has announced its General Assembly will be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 22 September 2005.
World Cerebral Palsy Games Connecticut USA
Preparations are in place for the team travelling to compete in the World Cerebral Palsy Games. Most of the team will travel to New London Connecticut USA on the 1st July and return on the 15th July.
The people involved include:
Staff Kevin McIntosh, David Short
Christopher Scott, Mark LeFlohic
Staff Raelene Barry
Josh Barry, Peter Henry, Travis Kels, Stephen Odgers, Ashley Pardon, David Weir
Staff Steven Kelly, David Campbell, Edward Davidson
Brett Cross, Jason Driscoll, Brett Fairhall, Patrick Grant, James Laybutt, Miguel Marcelino, Beau Menzies, Chris Pyne , David Pollard, Ben Roche, Brett Sharrock, Jeremy Thorpe
Staff: Phil Jose
Natalie Angus, Breanna Bunce, Samantha Callow, Mike Priddle, Christopher Simmonds, Sean Webber, Steven Yates, Allyce Keating
Track and Field
Staff Greg Jones
Ray Abdy, Sybilla Austin, Tom Crowe, Stephen Eaton, Ben Hall, Lachlan Jones, Kristie Mahon, Amy Schroeder, Nicole Spear, Darren Throop, Debbie Wendt
Staff and Supporters
Cornelis Van Eldik Team Manager, Alyson Brindley Team Sister, Jacqi Nicolls Masseuse/ care attendant, Lorna Abdy, Barry Homes, Neville Schroeter.
The Australian contingent is well prepared. The team is made up of several athletes who have been to previous World Games plus a large group of young athletes who will be experiencing their first international event. In the Australian tradition, they will be great ambassadors of Australia and do themselves, their families and supporters and their country proud. We wish the athletes and staff all the best in their competition and travels.
- NRMA Insurance National League
After round two of the NRMA Insurance National League held at the North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre the North's Bears are on top of the ladder closely followed by the Knox Ford Raiders. The Hills Hornets are in third, after losing their first four games in round one Hills fought back strong in round two to win all four of their games with new player Nu Nguyen Thi featuring strongly in all four games. The Queensland Storm wraps up fourth spot on the ladder and will be a force later in the season after their team of rookies gain further experience. Round three will be held 9-10 July in Brisbane.
- IWBF ASIA OCEANIA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2005
Australia has qualified for the World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships, to be held in Birmingham, England in August this year, after sweeping the Asia Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Australia defeated Japan twice (53-42 and 60-57) and Malaysia twice (117-8 and 123-8), with the two games between Australia and Japan obviously being the feature games of the tournament.
The second clash between the two countries certainly drew the best from the young Australian team and would have given coach Alan Cox great heart for the team's chances in the World Junior championships.
The Australian bench players showed great character to help guide Australia to victory, after leading point-scorers Shaun Norris (3rd quarter) and Darren Skuse (4th quarter) fouled out of the game.
The full Australian team was Darren Skuse, Katie Hill, Kylie Gauci and Bill Latham (NSW), Brant Garvey and Shaun Norris (WA), Mitchell Van Tongeren and Jace Clare (QLD), Melanie Domaschenz (VIC), coach Alan Cox (NSW) and Australian referee Nigel Wiggins.
- 2006 National Junior Championships
Queensland Sporting Wheelies have confirmed that the 2006 Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championships will be held 8 - 12 April 2006 in Brisbane at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall. Teams will therefore need to fly in on Friday 7 April and out on Thursday 13 April.
- IWBF Asia Oceania QT Host Announced
IWBF Asia Oceania has announced that the IWBF Asia Oceania Qualification Tournament has been awarded to Daejeon City, South Korea, October 05 to 13, 2005
The men's teams that have entered to play are; Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, South Korea and Thailand.
The women's teams are Australia, China, Japan and Thailand. The women's division will be played as a single round robin.
- Paralympic World Cup
The Australian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team at the Manchester World Cup finished with the Silver Medal behind host nation Great Britain. The Rollers defeated The Netherlands 88-51, Germany 61-54 and Great Britain 69-58 in the preliminary rounds, to win through as the leading qualifier for the semi-finals.
The Rollers again easily disposed of The Netherlands 66-47 in the first elimination semi final, setting up a return bout with Great Britain for the gold medal playoff. In the final Britain held a 58-57 lead when the hooter sounded, thus denying the young Aussies the gold.
Australian Paralympian Tristan Knowles led the scoring for the Rollers, finishing with 68 points for the tournament, ahead of Jeremy Van Asperen and West Australian Shaun Norris with 53 points apiece.
Boccia Australia will be sending a team to the Asia & South Pacific Boccia Championships to take place in Kuala Lumpur between 15th -22nd September 2005. Athletes attending these Championships will attend a two day training camp prior to the Nationals.
Alongside the Australian team training camp there will be a referees workshop where a number of referees from around the states have been invited to attend to update their skills and knowledge in preparation for the National Championships.
In mid July Joan Stevens will be travelling to Melbourne to visit a number of regions including Griffith, Wangaratta, Albury and Benalla. Joan will be demonstrating Boccia to all of these areas and assisting in the set up of the game and encouraging people to become involved.
- Brisbane Bash
The annual Brisbane Bash hosted by Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association was held over Anzac weekend with a record number of players attending this year's event. Highlighting this years Bash was the appearance of nine Australian National team players and ten Kiwi players.
Terry Vinyard who coached Queensland and the Australian team spoke highly of the event. "It was great to get our players here to play against some International competition and each other. I think everyone involved benefited which isn't always the case at tournaments. Everyone here gets plenty of playing time. We were able to gauge where our National team players were after the off time from Athens."
|All Star Teams|
MVP- Steve Porter
Australia's David Hall, the World No. 1 Singles Wheelchair Tennis player has recorded a victory in the Men's Open Singles draw at the 2005 Japan Open overnight in Fukuoka, Japan.
The 2005 title takes Hall's career total to eight at the Japan Open, the tournament where Hall recorded his first international victory back in 1994.
Hall took the court in the Final against World No. 3 Michael Jeremiasz (France) and dominated the first set of the match. Jeremiasz come back in the second set forcing Hall to work for his victory. Hall had match point at 5 - 4 in the second set however Jeremiasz was able to stay in the match which went on to a tie break with Hall proving the stronger in a 7 - 0 tie break to take the match 6 - 2, 7 - 6.
"The Japan Open holds a very special place in my heart and I really enjoy playing this tournament. To record my eighth title here is a great result and I'm really thrilled" said Hall, courtside in Fukuoka.
June Calendar of Events
|12||Track and Road Cross City Tunnel 5km||Sydney, NSW|
|12-18||Tenpin Bowling National Championships||Mt Gravatt, QLD|
|24-26||Rugby National Wheelchair Rugby League||Adelaide, SA|