Welcome to the 2016 Wheelchair Sports NSW Hunter Sports Expo proudly sponsored by Ability Links!

Welcome to the 2016 Wheelchair Sports NSW Hunter Sports Expo proudly sponsored by Ability Links! Hosted by Wheelchair Sports NSW with funding from Ability Links NSW and Achieve Australia With Support From
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Welcome to the 2016 Wheelchair Sports NSW Hunter Sports Expo proudly sponsored by Ability Links! Hosted by Wheelchair Sports NSW with funding from Ability Links NSW and Achieve Australia With Support From The Venue The Forum, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW (02) P a g e Event Schedule The Forum, Callaghan Campus, The University of Newcastle Friday 18 March 2016 Event School Arrivals Opening Ceremony Commence Sports & Stalls Lunch Continue Sports & Stalls Schools Leave Time 9am 9:15am 9:30am 12pm 1pm 2:30pm Saturday 19 March 2016 Event Opening Commence Sports & Stalls Lunch Wheelchair Basketball Inclusion Match(s) Commence Sports & Stalls Closing Ceremony Time 9am 9:15am 11:30am 12pm 1:30pm 2:30pm 1 P a g e Sporting Organisation Lists Sport Contact Name Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Tennis Boccia Lucy Bates NRL Luke Lawrence Handcycling Lawn Bowls Wheelchair Basketball Adaptive Cricket Northcott Society Roadshow Track Blind Sports Murray Elborn Archery Powerchair Football Michael Keyte Fencing Samuel Hughes 2 P a g e Athletes Wheelchair Rugby: Andrew Edmondson Andrew has always been involved with sports in some way. As he was growing up, he dabbled in tennis, swimming and AFL, but his passion always lay with rugby union. This interest in sport followed him all through his life and it was while he was taking part in one of his other favourite sport, surfing, that his life took a different path than he expected. When he was involved in a surfing accident on Coogee beach, he shattered C5 and C6 vertebra in his neck, becoming an incomplete quadriplegic. His first game of Murderball was at a Wheelchair Sports development day in 2005, shortly after purchasing his own rugby chair for the first time. Not long afterward, he was selected to play with the NSW team he was just 15. Andrew has now been a part of the NSW team for over nine years. He has always wanted to represent NSW regardless of the sport and is very thankful for the chance to get to represent the state he grew up in through a sport that he is so passionate about. He considers himself very lucky to be in his position and is particularly grateful that he was made captain for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Over his time within the team, they have won six national titles another huge point of pride for Andrew. Wheelchair Tennis: OAM David Hall At the age of 16, David Hall lost his legs after being hit by a car during his long road to recovery, he picked up a newspaper and saw a picture of a man playing tennis in a wheelchair. Having played tennis when he was 13 and 14, David was inspired. He entered into his first competition, the Albury-Wodonga Classic in 1988 it was the start of a long and very prosperous career. In 1989 he played in his very first Australian Open in the C Division and won. By 1993 he had turned professional and in 1995 he relocated to the U.S where he became the first non-american to win the U.S open. In his career he won the Australian Open nine times, the British Open seven times, the U.S Open eight times and the Japan Open eight times. Between the years of 1995 and 2005 he was ranked No. 1 in the world 8 of those years. Since then David has been awarded the Order of Australia and been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in Mot recently David was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame in P a g e Wheelchair Basketball: Sarah Stewart Sarah Stewart, is a great athlete and academic. After injuring herself in high school, Sarah Stewart developed dystrophy and tried her hand at wheelchair basketball when Wheelchair Sports NSW held a wheelchair basketball Come 'N' Try session at the University of New South Wales in In 2003, Sarah had made her first Australian team and in 2004, she represented Australia at the Athens Paralympic Games with the Gliders, helping them bring home a silver medal. After a thrilling four years with the Gliders, Sarah competed in Beijing for the Paralympics in She helped the team win a bronze medal when they defeated Canada, In 2012, Sarah & the Gliders did it again, brining home a silver medal from the London Paralympic Games. As well as being a 3-time Paralympian, Sarah has also represented Australia at three World Championships, and played in excess of 200 games (& counting) for Australia. Sarah s athletic career is not the only thing she excels at. She is a Philosopher and it is this deep thinking that led her to complete her BSC (Hons) in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, along with a BA in English, both from the University of New South Wales. Sarah has also lectured and tutored in Philosophy at UNSW, the University of Sydney, and Macquarie University. Lawn Bowls: Gilbert Hicks Gilbert first began his career in Lawn Bowls, bowling from a wheelchair in During this time he has won or been in a team that has won every club championships every, year since. In 1996 Gilbert picked up his first State title coming third and obtaining Bronze at the Open State Championships for NSW. This was followed by Silver in 1997 and Gold in 1999 at the NSW singles. Since then Gilbert has accumulated a tremendous 17 medals, including; 8 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze. This impressive medal haul includes a Gold at international level in 2008 at the Australia Vs South Korea Fours and most recently Gold in the 2015 National Pairs. Handcycling: Grant Nickel Grant has been successful in sports ever since he first became involved trying a variety including wheelchair rugby for a number of years but eventually finding his love with handcycling. He has successfully competed in the UCI event in Adelaide 2015 being selected to represent Australia in the UCI Para-Cycling World Cup and World Championship in Germany and Switzerland 4 P a g e later in the same year where he cemented some gold hardware for Australia. Grant now looks to qualify for Rio and to qualify in the Paralympic Games. Track and Field: Rheed McCracken Rheed was born into sports successfully competing and obtaining first place in the boys athlete with a disability (AWD) Queensland 12 years and under Track and Field Championships as young as 11 years old, not in a singular event but taking home first place in 100m, 200m, long jump, shot put and discuss events. In 2010 he started competing in wheelchair racing successfully competing in the Queensland State Championships and the Australian National Championships. In December, 2011 he pulled an amazing seconds in the 100m International Wheelchair and Amputee Championships in Dubai bringing home first place. Most recently along with a history of a massive medal haul, he won two medals at the 2012 London Paralympics in the T34 athletics events, Silver and Bronze as well as three silver medals at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in the men s 100m, 200m T34 and men s 400m and a bronze in men s 800m T34. Archery: Jonathan Milne 3 Years ago Jonathan Milne broke his neck while diving into the ocean, the now 29 year old is in training for the Rio Paralympics Since Jonathan s accident he rekindled his love for Archery from when his distant past last competing in the sport when he was 14 years old. This has lead to Jonathan most recently competing at the World Archery Para Championships at Germany in August All Jonathan needed to do was come in the top 19 at the event to see Australia qualify for the Rio Paralympics, he cemented a solid 10 th position paving the way for Australia s trip to Rio. 5 P a g e
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