August 2005

August 2005 Newsletter


Applications are now open for AAWD's first round of funding for 2005-06. Applications close Friday 23 September 2005. Please note funding applications must be endorsed by Wheelchair Sports Australia, Australian Sports Organisation for the Disabled or Cerebral Palsy - Australian Sport Recreation Federation. For more detailed information and the Application Form, visit f. If you have further questions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 02 - 9763 5819.


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The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation is currently taking applications from females aged 12 and over for funding assistance to help achieve your dreams. Grants are available for individuals or groups. For further information, or to apply please contact AAWD or visit the foundation's website at



NRMA Insurance National League
The finals of the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League were held in Melbourne 20-21 August. After an intense weekend the Hills Hornets emerged on top taking out the Grand Final 56-28 over Knox Raiders. The Norths Bears took third place defeating Qld Storm 62-42. Individual award winners for the season were:

MVP: Shelley Chaplin (Knox Raiders)
All Star 5: Shelley Chaplin (Knox Raiders)
Alison Mosely (Qld Storm)
Kylie Gauci (Hills Hornets)
Jane Sachs (Norths Bears)
Melanie Hall (Qld Storm)
Highest Pt Scorer: Jenni Nicholls (Norths Bears)
Best New Talent: Clare Burzynski (Qld Storm)

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players, team staff, officials, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and associations who helped make the season such a success.

IWBF U22 World Championships
Congratulations to the Spinners who brought home the Bronze medal from Birmingham. The Aussie team lost only 1 match in the entire tournament - the semi-final against Japan. Well done to all of you on a great performance on and off the court.

Asia & South Pacific Boccia Championships
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. The team for these championships has been selected and can be found at . We wish you all the very best of luck in the championships.

Cue Sports

2005 Australian 8 & 9 Ball Championships

The 2005 Australian 8 & 9 Ball Championships were hosted by Wheelchair Sports Victoria 12-14 August 2005. Results are as follows:

8 Ball
Champion - Bruce Pearson (SA)
Runner Up - Danny Novak (VIC)

9 Ball
Champion - Danny Novak (VIC)
Runner Up - Bruce Pearson (SA)

Open Champion (8 & 9 Ball) Troy Schubert (SA)


National Wheelchair Rugby League
The 2005 National Wheelchair Rugby League wrapped up with the Grand Final on 21 August between SA and QLD. Despite being hit by illness, the Queensland Crocs really took it to the South Australian Sharks and the 2 teams battled out one of the closest matches in a number of seasons going goal for goal for pretty much the entire match until the Sharks eventually snatched victory 43-42 in the last 10 seconds. This brought to an end this year's domestic season. Individual award winners were:

MVP: Ryan Scott (SA)
All Star 4: Peter Allen (NSW)
Pete Harding (SA)
George Hucks (SA)
Ryley Batt (NSW)
Most Improved: Greg Smith (NSW)
Referee of the Year: Sabrina Hannen

2005 Australian Wheelchair Rugby Open
The three National League teams of SA, QLD and NSW were joined by teams from VIC and the NZ provinces of Canterbury and Auckland for a weekend of fierce Rugby action 19-21 August at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. When all was said and done, the NZ teams emerged to battle out a thrilling final culminating in a 35-34 victory to Auckland. NSW defeated SA 47-46 in an equally exciting Bronze medal play-off. Victoria earlier defeated Qld for 5th place when the Queenslanders could not field a legal team due to illness and defaulted the match. Individual Award Winners from the weekend were:

MVP: Ryan Scott (SA)
Best of Class 3.5 Brad Dubberley (NSW)
Best of Class 3.0 Dan Buckingham (CANT)
Best of Class 2.5 Curtis Palmer (AUCK)
Best of Class 2.0 Jeremy Tinker (CANT)
Best of Class 1.5 Peter Harding (SA)
Best of Class 1.0 Bill Oughton (CANT)
Best of Class 0.5 Peter Allen (NSW)
Biggest Hit: Brad Dubberley (NSW) on Mark Zupan

Thanks goes to all the players, team staff, supporters, officials, volunteers and host organisations for a great effort all season.

National Team
Wheelchair Sports Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Bennett as the new National Team Coach for Wheelchair Rugby. Other team staff have also been appointed as follows:

Brad Dubberley (Assistant Coach)
Kim Ellwood (Team Manager)
Rob Doidge (Mechanic)
Maria Spiller (Personal Care Assistant)

16 players have been invited to the Australian Selection Camp to be held 15-18 September at Narrabeen. The travelling team for the Chris Handy Cup will be named at the conclusion of this camp.

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Table Tennis

National Championships
The 2005 Table Tennis Nationals were held at Sydney Olympic Park Homebush from Friday 5 August - Sunday 7 August. A summary and full results of the competition can be found at


2006 Asia Oceania Women's Sitting Volleyball Qualifying Tournament
The 2006 Asia Oceania Women's Sitting Volleyball Qualifying Tournament will be held in Newcastle 11-18 February 2006. This event is being financially supported by the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation and the Newcastle City Council.

We are currently calling for applications for the position of Event Manager for this tournament. For further details please visit

Women's Sitting Volleyball Head Coach
We are currently calling for applicants for the position of Head Coach of the Australian Women's Sitting Volleyball team. Applications close 16 September 2006. For a full Position Description, please visit

2005 National Championships

The 2005 Sitting Volleyball National Championships will be held in Melbourne in December 2005. Details on the Standing Nationals are still to be finalised.

September Calendar of Events

16-25 Multi-sports World Wheelchair Games Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
22 IWAS General Assembly Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
23 - Oct 3 Standing Volleyball World Cup Standing Volleyball Saskatchewan, Canada
24 - Oct 4 Archery IPC World Championships Italy
24 Powerlifting Qld IPC Powerlifting Invitational Brisbane, Qld
25 Road Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany
27 - Oct 1 Rugby Chris Handy Cup Christchurch, NZ

Subject to alterations