December 2004

Australian Athletes with a Disability Ltd

New street address - the office of Australian Athletes with a Disability has moved to Building A, 1 Herb Elliott Ave, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay, NSW 2127. The office is now located within the offices of the Australian Paralympic Committee. Our postal address, phone, fax and email details all remain the same.

Funding applications - applications have now closed for Australian Athletes with a Disability's funding grants, an announcement will be made in January regarding the successful applicants.

2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women

The Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Government Office for Women have released details of the 2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women. The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training. For further information visit www.ausport.gov.au or contact the AAWD Office.

SPORTS NEWS

Archery

The Wheelchair Sports Australia Archery National Championships will be held in conjunction with the 58th Australian Archery Championships 2nd - 9th April 2005, Melbourne, Victoria. To be hosted by Archery Victoria Inc. & Diamond Valley archers. The Wheelchair Sports Australia event will be the Target event and medals will be allocated to relative placement of Wheelchair Sports Australia's entrants.

Please notify Jane Hall at AAWD of your entry, including your bow type.

Basketball

Spinners - The Under 23 National Wheelchair Basketball Team to compete at the Junior (U/23) Asia Oceania Zone Qualification Tournament in Malaysia has decided to call themselves the "Spinners."

Osaka Cup - the team to represent Australia at the 2005 Osaka International Tournament to be held 15-21 February 2005 has been named:

Darren Skuse [4.5], Jeremy Van Asparen [4.5], Shaun Groenewegan [4.0], Tristan Knowles [4.0], Jace Clare [3.5], Shaun Norris [3.0], Brett Nicholson [2.0], Michael Hartnett [1.5], Nang Nguyen [1.5], Daryl Taylor [1.5], Andrew Flavell [1.0], Tige Simmons [1.0]; Alan Cox - Coach, Ben Ettridge - Assistant Coach, Barry Barker - Manager.

The team contains a number of junior (U/23) players, and a prime objective of the tournament will be to provide these young players with international experience as part of their preparation for the Junior (U/23) World Championships in August 2005.

Position Available - The NSW Institute of Sport is looking to appoint a part time Assistant Basketball Coach whose prime responsibility will be the day to day operations of the NSWIS Wheelchair Basketball program.

For specific job details, please refer to the Basketball Australia website http://ba1.basketball.net.au/resources/positions/NSWIS.doc

Cue Sports

Congratulations to Danny Novak from Victoria on his success in the World Cue Sports Championships held in Chinese Taipei earlier this month. Danny won silver in the teams event.

Lawn Bowls

Josh Barry and Ross Brown won the pairs at the Bowls Australia Grand Prix event held in South Australia earlier this month. Barry Charity and Freddie Bawden were runners up. Josh Barry added to his gold in the pairs by also winning the singles with Brian Battersby runner up. Congratulations Josh!

Tennis
Australia's world No.1 wheelchair tennis player David Hall has been announced the International Tennis Federation's Men's Wheelchair World Champion for 2004. This year marks the sixth time Hall has taken out the prestigious title, also collecting the title in 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

The 34-year-old from New South Wales had an outstanding year on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, winning ten singles and five doubles titles. His biggest tournament wins included the Australian Open, French Open, British Open, US Open, Nasdaq-100 Open, Atlanta Masters Series, and the year-end championships, the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.

Volleyball

New South Wales won the National Sitting Volleyball Championships held in December in conjunction with the Australian Volleyball Federation. Queensland came second and Victoria third. New South Wales were presented their trophy in front of a packed crowd during the National Volleyball League finals.

January Calendar of Events
3-8 Lawn Bowls SA Wheelchair Sports Lawn Bowls State Titles Adelaide
9 Athletics Telstra A Series Perth
17-22 Curling World Wheelchair Curling Championships Great Britain
22 Athletics Telstra A Series Adelaide
26 Road Oz Day 10K Sydney
28 Athletics International Track Meet Sydney

Correct at time of print.