May 2003

The Constitution of Australian Athletes with a Disability Ltd (AAWD) has been finalised and endorsed by the organisations three members, Australian Sports Organisation for the Disabled, Cerebral Palsy Australia Sports and Recreation Federation and Wheelchair Sports Australia.

AAWD is a registered company limited by guarantee. The objects of this newly created company are to assist member organisations to:

- encourage, plan, co-ordinate, promote and generally expedite sporting activities for athletes with a disability;
- provide pathways for officials, coaches and classifiers to reach the highest level;
- provide elite national level competition opportunities;
- provide direction and guidance to develop sport for athletes with a disability;
- act as a collation and dissemination centre and;
- liaise with other national and international associations whose aims and objectives are consistent with their own and by so doing make all such efforts as may be deemed necessary to attain the better provision of sporting activities for athletes with a disability.

The next Board Meeting of AAWD will take place on 17 May 2003 in Sydney. Agenda items include the approval of the organisations strategic plan.

All queries regarding AAWD can be directed to the organisations Executive Officer, Jane Milner.


NT Sportsperson of the Year

Jan Palazzi has been awarded the Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year for 2002, Jan is the Executive Officer of the Disabled Sports Association of Northern Territory. Congratulations Jan!

Wheelchair Sports Australia Annual General Meeting

The 2003 Wheelchair Sports Australia Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 11 October in Sydney and will be immediately followed by a meeting of State CEOs. Further details will follow.


World Wheelchair Games

The Board of Wheelchair Sports Australia has appointed Michael Godfrey-Roberts (NSW) and Craig Jarvis (NSW) to the positions of Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager for the Australian team competing at the 2003 World Wheelchair Games. These Games are to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 25 October to 2 November, 2003.

Michael Godfrey-Roberts has been active in international team management since 1981 including experience at Paralympic Games, World Wheelchair Games, FESPIC Games and numerous specialised sports events. He was assistant Chef de Mission for the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta.

Craig Jarvis has likewise over twenty year of experience in staff and management positions with national and international teams. In 1999 he was the Team Manager of the Australian team at the World Wheelchair Games.

International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation

Issue 3 of ISMWSF News can now be downloaded from the ISMWSF website: www.wsw.org.uk


Athens 2004

A total of 129 countries have already submitted their entries for the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games. With 123 National Paralympic Committee (NPC) entries in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, this represents an all time Games participation record. By 15 June 2003, the deadline for applications, additional countries are expected to supply their entries for the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games. The entries already received include 19 countries, which did not take part at the Paralympic Games in Sydney. The IPC believes that 4,000 competitors from more than 130 countries will participate in the 2004 Paralympics. The number of NPCs worldwide is 161.


National Sporting Injuries Prevention Conference

The Third National Sporting Injuries Prevention Conference will be held at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 October, 2003.

The Conference will feature sessions on:

· Causes and prevention of adolescent sports injury.
· Sports injury surveillance: importance of and how to set up a program and use information constructively.
· Conducting a sports safety audit.
· Sport, the law and insuring liability.
· Developing and implementing an effective risk management plan.
· Latest Australian and International research findings on causes and prevention of sports injury.
· Injury in women's sport.
· The biomechanics of the female athlete.
· Netball as a case study.
· Preventing injuries in disabled sport.
· Preventing injury in Masters Sport.
· Lessons from the Defence Forces successful sports injury prevention programs.

For further information visit: www.sma.org.au/2003conference

SPORTS NEWS

Archery
Congratulations to all competitors who last weekend competed at the Archery Nationals held in Queensland. Results of the events for athletes with a disability can be found on the AAWD website at http://www.sports.org.au/sport/archery.html
It has been announced the IPC World Archery Championships will be held 5-14 September 2003 in Madrid.

Athletics
Queensland's Geoff Trappett is now the new world record holder in the men's 100m T54 class, becoming the first athlete to push a sub-14 second time, clocking 13.99. Congratulations Geoff.


Basketball
The NRMA Insurance National League commenced last weekend, at the end of the weekend Queensland Storm were on top of the ladder closely followed by VW's and the North Sydney Bears on the same number of points, Hills Hornets are currently on the bottom of the ladder awaiting the return of their star 4.0 player Liesl Tesch. For full results visit: http://www.sports.org.au/newsletters/news9.html


Cycling
The 2003 Oceania/Australian Track Championships were recently held at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome. Full results can be found at: http://www.cycling.org.au/Track/2003%20Snr%20Track%20Nationals/AWD.htm#AWD%20


Juniors
The 2003 National Junior Disabled Games were held last month in Adelaide. Congratulations and thanks goes to the South Australia Wheelchair Sports Association Incorporated for hosting the Games. For major award winners visit: www.sports.org.au/newsletters/news7.html


Lawn Bowls
The Lawn Bowls Nationals have commenced in Darwin, this is the first time wheelchair, amputee and cerebral palsy classified athletes are competing against each other for the national title. Full results will be available on www.sports.org.au at the conclusion of the event.


Powerlifting
At the 2003 Qld IPC Powerlifting Invitational Cup hosted by Queensland Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association on 5 April there were a total of three National Records broken. For further details visit: http://www.sports.org.au/newsletters/news8.html

Table Tennis
At a meeting last week between AAWD and Table Tennis Australia a date for the inaugural Table Tennis Australia National Championships for classes 1-11 was set. The event will take place 15-17 August 2003 in Sydney.


Wheelchair Rugby
Astra Techâ have been announced as the naming rights sponsor of the 2003 National Wheelchair Rugby League which will commence with round one on 30 May in Melbourne.


May Calendar of Events
2-4 Cue Sports 8 and 9 Ball National Championships Adelaide, SA
3-4 Women's Basketball NRMA National League Bankstown, NSW
3-4 Rugby NSW State League Round 4 Sydney, NSW
4-14 Lawn Bowls National Championships Darwin, NT
10-11 Handcycling National Championships Sydney, NSW
30- 1 June Rugby National Wheelchair Rugby League Round 1 Melbourne, Victoria