July 2003

The Board of Australian Athletes with a Disability continues to meet on a monthly basis and has been busy setting up a solid foundation for the organisation. The next meeting will be held in Sydney on Sunday 3 August 2003.


Australian Sports Commission

The Australian Sport Commission has released a schedule of Year of the Official - Administrator Education Workshops to be held during August and September 2003. The Australian Sports Commission believes attendance at one of these workshops will be, in many instances, an important step towards addressing the dramatic decline in the number of officials participating in sport.

The workshop dates are:

NSW 19 August
ACT 20 August
WA 27 August
NT 30 August
VIC 4 September
SA 10 September
TAS 12 September


Aim for the Stars Foundation

Surfer Layne Beachley has introduced an "Aim for the Stars Foundation" which provides grants to support the goals and dreams of females across Australia. For further information visit www.aimforthestars.com.au


World Wheelchair Games

Wheelchair Sports Australia has announced its Team Staff selections for the World Wheelchair Games:

Lisa Eveson -Western Australia
Roger Massie -Victoria
Jan Palazzi -Northern Territory
Linda Ross -New South Wales
Robyn Stephensen -Queensland


SPORTS NEWS

Athletics

Wheelchair Track and Road - At a successful meet in Atlanta, Georgia both Kurt Fearnley and Paul Nunnari broke National records on their way to achieving A qualifiers for the Athens Paralympics.

Kurt Fearnley won the 800m event in a new Australian record time of 1:35.99 edging out Kelly Smith (Canada) and Ernst Van Dyke (South Africa) in a sprint finish. While Paul Nunnari placed 6th in breaking the 1500m National Record with a time of 3:02.01. Both of these times were A qualifiers for next years Athens Paralympics.

At the same meet Eliza Stankovic won the 200m and produced A qualifiers in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. Christie Dawes produced a season best placing 6th in the 1500m and recorded B qualifiers for Athens in the 1500m and 5000m events.

IAAF World Athletics Championships - There will be six events for athletes with a disability at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in France in August. Australian athletes competing include Darren Thrupp in the 400m, Louise Savauge in the 800m and Neil Fuller in the 200m. These athletes will be part of the Australian team, accessing training camps and competitions in Ostia, Italy before entering Paris for the World Championships.

Basketball

NWBL - Noel Rowsell reports last weekend was another disappointing weekend for Sydney-based teams in the National Wheelchair Basketball League competition, beginning with the Wentworthville Leagues Wheelkings being trounced 95-65 by the Wollongong Roller Hawks in Albion Park on Saturday night.

The West Sydney Razorbacks hosted the Perth Wheelcats and split their two games one apiece with the reigning premiers, winning 89-74 at the Condell Park Basketball Stadium on Saturday night then falling 93-79 at the Wenden Centre, Miller on Sunday afternoon.

Currently the Wollongong Roller Hawks are on top of the ladder, followed by the Perth Wheelcats and the Brisbane Spinning Bullets. For further information visit http://nwbl.sports.org.au/


IWBF - Asia Oceania IWBF has announced that the bid by the New South Wales Wheelchair Sports Association, Basketball Australia and Basketball New South Wales has been accepted to conduct the Asia Oceania IWBF Men's Qualification Tournament in Shellharbour, Wollongong, March 1st To 8th 2004.


NRMA Insurance National League - Round three of the NRMA Insurance National League will be played this weekend, 2-3 August, in Melbourne. Play will commence at 9.30am on Saturday at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre. For further details visithttp://wnwbl.sports.org.au/


Wheelchair Basketball Classification Clinic - a Wheelchair Basketball Classification Clinic will be conducted in association with the 2003 Arrive Alive Regional Wheelchair Games to be held in Sydney, 22-24 August. The national component of the clinic has been funded by a grant from Australian Athletes with a Disability Ltd and will be conducted by Don Perriman.


Under 20 Coach and Assistant Coach - nominations are called for the positions of Coach and Assistant Coach of the Wheelchair Sports Australia Under 20 Basketball Squad for the next two-year period. The two positions are honorary positions with responsibilities including the development and implementation of the training and competition programme for the Squad. For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Under 20 Squad to New Zealand - nominations are now being called for the positions of Mechanic/Assistant Coach and Manager of the Wheelchair Sports Australia Under 20 Basketball Squad to attend the New Zealand Basketball Nationals in Taupo, 18-20 September 2003. These two positions are honorary positions reporting to the Head Coach of the Squad. For further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cycling

Handcycling Head Coach - Wheelchair Sports Australia in conjunction with Cycling Australia is calling for nominations for the position of National Handcycling Coach. The National Handcycling Coach will be responsible to the Head Coach Cycling Australia Paralympic Preparation Programme (CA PPP) and will be responsible for assisting the Head Coach CA PPP. For further information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Handcycling Specifications - the IPC have released new handcycling specifications. In summary for all IPC sanctioned competition including the upcoming Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, the following will apply:

  • Handcyclists shall be completely free to choose the ground clearance measurement for their particular hand cycle. The resulting effect of this choice of measurement is therefore the responsibility and strict liability of the handcyclist in terms of equipment performance and safety at all IPC sanctioned competitions.
  • Any situation arising at the start or during an event for handcyclists with regard to insufficient equipment ground clearance will be the sole responsibility of the athlete, not the race organising committee or the IPC (e.g. failure of a handcyclist to cleanly exit a Time Trial Starting Ramp).


Juniors

At its recent meeting held in Melbourne, the WSA Junior Committee voted to retain the Under 20 age group permanently. The Junior Committee had been trialling the under 20 age group.


Rugby

Terry Vinyard reports the most explosive round in the AstraTech National Wheelchair Rugby was held in Brisbane July 12-14, 2003. Both the host Queensland and South Australia came in undefeated and went home bruised with two losses each. Although New South Wales only won one game out of six against QLD and SA the one they did take was a big win - the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby State of Origin game hosted by Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association who promoted the event in conjunction with League Round.

The finals of the Astra Tech National League will be held in Sydney 28-31 August. For further information visit http://www.quadrugbyaustralia.com/

Swimming

The Excell Committee conducted a camp in early July, funded by Australian Athletes with a Disability, for seventeen of its members. Swimmers flew into the camp held in Melbourne from four different states. John Ornsby and Bruce Power conducted the camp, which focused on strength and conditioning and team building.

The Excell Committee is now finalising its team to attend the Pan Am Championships to held in Argentina in December.

Tennis

Tennis Australia - Tennis Australia has allocated funds to its Player Assistance Program for players with a disability. Further information including the criteria can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

European Hat Trick for Australian Champ - victory at the Belgian Open has given Australia's David Hall his hat trick of European titles in as many weeks.

Finishing as a Semi Finalist at the Tournament for the past three years, the 2003 victory is Hall's first Belgian Open Men's Singles title in his illustrious career.

Adding the Belgian Open title to victories at the French Open and the Dutch Open, sees Hall's 2003 undefeated record increase to 7 titles, his match record to 28-0 and retention of his World No. 1 ranking.


Volleyball

Preparations are under away for the World Cup for Standing Volleyball. Australia will compete against the following countries at the Cup:

Canada Germany
Cambodia Greece
Slovakia Poland
USA Czech Republic
Israel Rwanda


August Calendar of Events

2-3 Women's Basketball NRMA National League Melbourne, VIC
15-17 Table Tennis National Championships Sydney, NSW
23-31 Athletics IAAF World Championships France
28-31 Rugby National Wheelchair Rugby League Finals Sydney, NSW

Correct at time of print.