May 2011

Australian Athletes with a

Disability (AAWD)

AAWD Website

If you haven’t already, please visit our website where you will find an array of information including the latest sports news, classification information, event details and useful links to other National Sports Organisations and State Sports Organisations for people with a Disability. The AAWD bi-monthly Newsletter will now be distributed through the website providing disability sport news and updates from around Australia. To ensure you receive your free newsletter, make sure you click the ‘subscribe’ button on our home page.

When you complete the subscription form, you will also notice a request for information regarding participation. Please take a few minutes to complete the form and help us collect participation data for disability sports in Australia. This important information enables AAWD to monitor the growth of disability sport and can play a part in attracting greater support.

Log on at and stay tuned for further updates. We welcome all feedback.

Australian Sports Commission

Sports Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women

The Australian Government has launched two initiatives to tackle the gender divide in sporting organisations and support a new generation of female sport leaders.

For more information visit

Wheelchair Basketball

Frank Ponta Cup

Basketball Australia introduced the Frank Ponta Cup in 2010 as a development initiative to support the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL). There were 34 players and four coaches participating in this competition.

In 2011, the tournament has grown to 51 players and 12 coaching staff. This year the Australian Women’s Team, the Gliders, join the competition. The Gliders inclusion provides players with vital court time as they prepare for the London Paralympic Games and, for the under 25’s members, the World U25 Championships.

Round One was held on 25–27 March and Round Two on 29 April - 1 May 2011 at the AIS Training Hall, Canberra.

For further information please visit

Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

The Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships will take place at Brock University, Canada between 15-2 July, 2011.

Australia will compete against Great Britain, Mexico and the United States in Pool A. Germany, Japan, South Africa and Canada will compete against each other in Pool B.

Basketball Australia has announced the team to represent Australia at the Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

1. Amber Merrit WA 9. Ella Sabijak VIC
2. Cobi Crispin VIC 10. Amy Desgura QLD
3. Bridie Kean VIC 11. Natalie Hodges QLD
4. Caitlin De Wit NSW 12. Sarah Walsh NSW
5. Rachel Coady ACT 13. Georgia Inglis WA
6. Jessica Pellow NSW 14. Sara Tait QLD
7. Katherine Reed VIC 15. Mikaela Dingley ACT
8. Sarah Vinci WA 16. Natalie Alexander WA

Head Coach:                            Gerry Hewson
Assistant Coach:                      Alison Mosely
Technical Assistant Coach:      Matthew Dunstan
Team Manager:                        Jane Kyle

For further information on the World Championships please visit

IWBF Appointments

Congratulations to Greg Love on his recent appointment to the IWBF Technical Commission and also to Matt Wells on his recent appointment to the IWBF Competition Commission.

Lisa Chaffey, Don Perriman and Jarrod Greedy have been appointed as technical officials for the 2011 U25 Women's World Championship in St. Catharines, Canada.

Don Perriman and Matt Wells have been appointed as technical officials for the 2011 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, UK


Final preparations continue for the 2011 Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL) and National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL).

Round One of the WNWBL will be held in Dandenong on 3-5 June, and Round One of the NWBL will be held on 4-5 June.

For more information on the WNWBL, FIBA live stats and results from 2010 or the upcoming 2011 season visit

For more information on the 2011 NWBL game times, dates and locations visit (website currently under redevelopment).


The Australian National Boccia Championships will be held at the Academy of Sport & Recreation, Narrabeen, NSW 2 - 5 May 2011. Over 40 players from all Australian states and from New Zealand will compete against players competing for the first time at a national level.

The Australian BC1/2 Team (Tyler Ellis, Belinda Harris, Fiona Lyons, Lachlan Kavanagh) together with Australian Rep BC3 singles player, Gavin Thorneycroft, will compete at the Boccia World Cup in Belfast, NI, 18 – 26 August 2011.

For more information on Boccia in all states please visit or call 0401 999 822.

Cerebral Palsy Football 7-A-Side

Football Federation South Australia hosted the 2011 National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Championships on 12-15 April 2011 with the final contested between New South Wales and Queensland. Scores were deadlocked at full time and the game went into overtime where the teams still could not be separated. The final was ultimately decided by penalty shoot out with New South Wales eventually winning their 7th National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Championships Title.

Player of the tournament David Barber NSW
Golden Boot Chrisy Pyne NSW
Goalkeeper of the tournament Jared Eiby QLD
Player of the Final - George Tonna Medal Chris Pyne NSW
Rookie of the Tournament James Turner NSW
Most Improved Player: Jack Williams NSW

For more information on football please visit

If you are interested in finding out more about CP Football please email David Campbell  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or phone 0413 713 368 after business hours.


Inaugural D-Volleyball Refereeing Course

Volleyball Australia is delivering the first D-Volleyball Refereeing Course at Narrabeen, NSW in early May.  The course presenter is Dr Andrew Davison, an international referee who has officiated at an international level in the disciplines of sitting and standing volleyball.  International classifier, Jenni Cole will assist by presenting the necessary classification information for D-Volleyball.

Volleyball Australia’s D-Volleyball Commission members, Barry Couzner and Heather Brown will assist with organisation and logistics over the weekend.

During a 16 hour period, candidates will focus on the sitting, standing and beach volleyball disciplines via theory and practical sessions.

The Refereeing Course follows a recent highly successful coaching course that was also supported by AAWD.

For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Australia D-Volleyball Refereeing Course

For further information on volleyball please visit

Lawn Bowls

2011 IBD Lawn Bowls World Championships

The Wheelchair Sports Australia (WSA) Lawn Bowls team departed for South Africa on 30 April to compete at the 2011 International Bowls for the Disabled World Championships in Pretoria.

The WSA Australian Lawn Bowls Team is:

Josh Barry VIC Carolyn Nelson NSW
Liam Buckley SA Kaytlyn Smith QLD
Barry Charity SA Darryl Willson SA
Peter Henry NSW Bernie Walland QLD
Coach/Manager Jan Palazzi NT

For more information on the 2011 IBD Lawn Bowls World Championships please visit The draw with the latest scores and confirmed results can be found at

Please check with your state sports organisation for further lawn bowls updates (links are available from

Wheelchair Rugby


Wheelchair Sports Australia (WSA) is proud to announce the launch of the new National Wheelchair Rugby League (NWRL) website.

The new, user friendly site offers an insight into what’s happening in the NWRL and displays useful information on wheelchair rugby in Australia. It enables followers of NWRL to keep up to date with the latest news and monitor the scores as the teams battle it out for the Championship.

The site can be accessed at

WSA welcome your feedback on this web site and encourage you to contact us should you have any suggestions on how to improve the content. Please direct any feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Round One of the 2011 NWRL was held on the 15-17 April in Melbourne with some hard fought results and the return of two former stars.

Boosted by the return from retirement of former MVP, Brad Dubberley and versatile Paralympian Greg Smith, the Victorian ‘Coloplast’ Thunder stormed to the top of the ladder winning four out of five games. However, with some tightly contested games with the narrowest of win margins, all of the teams in the chasing pack will come away from the weekend believing they can challenge in the next round. With only two points separating each team on the ladder, the early signs are for a tough Championship this season.

For complete fixtures and results please visit

Round Two of the NWRL will be played in Brisbane on 13-15 May, round three 11-13 June in Sydney and the finals series 15-17 July in Adelaide.

If you are interested in playing wheelchair rugby please contact your state Wheelchair Sports office or Wheelchair Sports Australia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The opening round of the 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup will be held in Sydney from 4-6 May. Event schedule is detailed below:

Wednesday 4 May Eastern Creek Raceway Racing from 8.30am till 4.00pm
Thursday 5 May Eastern Creek Raceway Racing from 8.30am till 5.00pm
Friday 6 May Sydney Olympic Park Raching from 10.00am till 4.00pm

Cycling Australia are seeking more volunteers to help out at the event. They are looking for experienced marshals, drivers, motorbike marshals and general event staff; if you would like to help, please email Rob at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wheelchair Sports Australia is always looking for new referees; with training and development provided for suitable applicants.

If anyone is interested in becoming a referee, please contact your state Wheelchair Sports office or Wheelchair Sports Australia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Calendar of Events

For more information on events in 2011 please visit the AAWD Events Calendar