Summer 2018 – Building Stronger Regions

In The North

Our brand new adaptive powerlifting bench has well and truly been broken in as Breaking Boundaries Rehab Newcastle hosted our first Northern Para Power day during September. With a great mix of new comers and experienced lifters the day was a success. Some of our new lifters have well and truly caught the lifting bug and are training every week to ensure they break PB’s at our next event.

Members in the New England region were out and about as the Northern Shootout came to town in October. The excellent facilities at Tamworth Sports Dome hosted a great day for our members in New England and surrounds. With a healthy cohort from our Newcastle basketballers travelling up north, the day was enjoyed by all.

A visit was made to the Youth Centre in Tamworth to show some of the local youth how basketball is played from a chair. This was a great opportunity for some of our local junior members to mix with the community and showcase their skills, whilst teaching others how the game is played. This day was a great example of community engagement and inclusion.

Our last Northern Shootout of the year was held in Newcastle during early November. We had a good showing at Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium to round out the year with 4 teams of players rotating across 2 courts. Members braved the heat and pushed through for what was a marvelous finish to our Northern Shootout scrimmages for 2018. The Northern Shootout will continue into its second year during 2019. Be sure to like the Wheelchair Sports NSW Northern Members Facebook page to find out when the shootout is coming to you in 2019.

With help from our very own INVICTUS representative Rachel Kerrigan, WS NSW ventured to our Mid West region during early December to host a wheelchair basketball coaching clinic. Rachel was able to share her story and experiences from the recent INVICTUS games and pass some valuable advice onto our Mid West member base. Our Parkes members had a fantastic day, fine tuning some already very impressive skills.

Students of Scone High and Scone Public took part in the WS NSW Roadshow program during December. The day was a chance for the students to try their hand at wheelchair basketball with all developing an appreciation of the technical aspects of the game. Members of Scone Council were also afforded the opportunity to take part including Mayor of Scone Wayne Bedggood.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our Northern Members!

Bring on 2019 and what is sure to be a huge year for sport in the north!

Joe Shoebridge

0439 743 777

Regional Sports Development Officer (Northern)

In the South

It’s been a busy 3 months in the south of the State since the last Pushers Post.  A number of WS NSW major events have been hosted with great success and record participation numbers.  Regular attendance at our programs has also increased steadily as the temperatures have risen and daylight savings has kicked in.

Southern regional member Matt Leggett, was among the athletes representing Australia at the International Tennis Federation sanctioned event in the ACT.  The 2nd Canberra Open wheelchair tennis tournament was held at Tennis ACT’s courts in Lyneham, with 24 competitors across singles and doubles events for men, women and juniors.  This is a big increase on the 17 competitors in last year’s event and hopefully this tournament will continue to grow with the support of Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT.

To help increase the numbers of tennis players we have 2 Twilight Tennis groups now up and running. In the ACT, North Woden Tennis Club has a wheelies session on a Wednesday night each week with a coach available to give some tips.  Wollongong also has a session on a Monday evening at Wollongong Tennis Centre, Beaton Park, run by member Jerry Markoja.  If you’re keen to have a hit contact myself or either of these tennis hubs.

Basketball has been busy through spring as well, with around 50 southern members of the 120 players participating in the Top End Slam Down Under events.  We had a new record with 5 teams participating in the Masters competition in Kiama.  The NZ selection team took the mid-week trophy after 2 days of basketball and socialising!  On the weekend 12 teams, with players from NSW, South Australia, Queensland, ACT and New Zealand, competed across the 3 divisions at Shellharbour City Stadium.  Division 1 was won by Roller Hawks Black, Division 2 saw the Illawarra Eagles triumph while the NSW Juniors Metro team were successful in Division 3.

Unfortunately, the Southern Shootout-Canberra had to be cancelled due to the lack of participants available on the October long weekend.  It was also too close to the Slam so next year we will look to move the final shootout of the year to November and use it as our end of year/Christmas celebration.  Having said that we still had 127 total participations in the 4 shootout events that were run in the southern hubs, and average attendance rose from 25 to 31 players per event.

The latest addition to the major projects in the southern region was the WS NSW Junior Track and Road Camp held at the AIS in Canberra.  This weekend camp saw junior track and road racing athletes from NSW, Victoria and Queensland take part in sessions involving track chair maintenance, shoulder health, recovery techniques, a mock competition and of course training.  This was all led by some of Australia’s best track athletes and coaches.

Coming up in the summer, the annual Summer Down Under hits Canberra in January, with competitors from Australia, Japan, Canada and USA, and juniors from the camp, expected to compete in the 3 day track meet at the AIS athletics centre on January 20, 21 & 22.  Racing starts at 5.30pm with free spectator entry.  The Southern Shootout social basketball series will return in February.  Venues and dates are still being confirmed.

As always check our website, Facebook page and your email inbox for details of events near you and, if you want an event in any of our sports planned for your region drop me a line.  Again I would love to hear about the fantastic things you have been doing and see some photos.  I am available to southern members with anything Wheelchair Sport NSW related via email or phone.  Wishing all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Todd Parker

0438 125 593 Regional Sports Development Officer (Southern)

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