Summer 2018 – Sport Shorts

Athletics

International

Madison de Rozario has continued her amazing results on the international stage placing 2nd at the Chicago Marathon, 6th at the New York Marathon and 2nd at the Singapore Marathon. Eliza Ault-Connell has also been in great form with a 4th in New York and 3rd in Singapore. Christie Dawes has been right up in the mix with an 11th in New York and 4th in Singapore Marathon. Kurt Fearnley OAM placed 5th at the New York Marathon and 12th at the Chicago Marathon

2018 All Schools National Championships

The 2018 All Schools National Championships took place over December 7-9 on a wet track in Cairns, QLD. WS NSW was represented by Aimee Fisher, Sarah Clifton-Bligh and Victoria Simpson. Aimee finished up with 3rd in U18 Girls Shot Put and 7th in 100m. Sarah won the U16 Girls Shot Put, 4th in the 200m and 3rd in the 800m. Victoria placed 4th in the 800m and 7th in both the U16 Girls 200m and Shot Put. Overall it was a great effort by the girls in extremely difficult conditions for wheelchair track and field competition.

WS NSW Development Camp

The WS NSW Development Camp was held at the AIS on 25-27 October. This was a great opportunity for WS NSW junior and developing athletes to meet and train with others from around Australia. All these young guns coming through the ranks came together to gain experience with Australia’s greatest track coaches. 17 Athletes, ages 10-21 experienced coaching from the likes of Louise Sauvage OAM, Andrew Dawes and Fred Periac. We were also joined by Australian representatives Angie Ballard, Sam Carter and Eliza Ault-Connell.

Weekly training

The WS NSW wheelchair track and road program continues to thrive, led by coaches Louise Sauvage and Laura Brienesse. The Saturday sessions test the new and experienced athletes on the track and on the hill at Sydney Olympic Park.

Basketball

Another successful year at the Top End Slam Down Under and Masters. Huge thanks to all who participated for your hard work and sportsmanship on and off the court, and to our interstate and international players for your commitment to growing the tournament.

Our Masters division kicked off the tournament in style, with a record number of participants. The Australian Invictus wheelchair basketball team, Wheeling Diggers, competed as part of their final preparations before the Games and they were looking strong. However, they were no match for the NZ Selection team and the Wheelkings who met in a nail biting final. It was a thrilling 1 point decider, but our NZ guests took out the 2018 Masters title.

The competition continued over the weekend with 3 strong divisions battling it out. In this main tournament, the 3rd division put on an impressive show this year with full teams of developing payers external to the regular participants in the NSW state junior’s team.

Our division winners were:

Top End Division 1: Roller Hawks Black 1st, Roller Hawks White 2nd, Adelaide Thunder 3rd

Shellharbour City Division 2: Illawarra Eagles 1st, Auckland Wheelbreakers 2nd, Canberra Chargers 3rd

WS NSW Division 3: NSW Metro 1st, NSW Country 2nd, Illawarra 3rd

Powerlifting

Para Power continues to grow with 8 participants throwing some tin around at Marrickville City Strength HQ on the 24 November. The ‘Come n Try’ day initiated 4 new potential Para-Powerlifters moving forward into 2019!

Wheelchair Rugby

The Three Three’s Battle on the Beaches took place at Dee Why PCYC in mid-September with 24 rugby players from all around Australia competing in a round robin bash followed by the Sunday state v state, elite and development players mixed. The tournament was a huge success with players from all abilities mixing it with some of the Australian team, The Steelers.

The Wheelchair Rugby National Championships were held in Penrith, October 5-7. Led by Skipper and Australian Steeler Andrew Edmondson, the Gladiators had a slow start but finished off strong with a bronze medal defeating the Australian Invictus team. Andrew Edmondson won the MVP, Simon Bartlett won Best in Class 2.0 and Richard Voris won the Best in Class 1.5.

Tennis

It was tennis time in the nation’s capital last month with the Canberra Wheelchair Tennis Open.

We had a record draw in the Junior Division with our NSW super star, Hayley Slocombe taking out the silver medal in the Junior Division. Chase Burch also played in the Junior Draw. Hayley paired up with Janine Watson (VIC) to take the gold in the Women’s doubles.

In the Men’s Singles, Yusuke Nishimura (JPN) defeated Henry de Cure (Sth Aust) in the final. Keegan Oh-Chee was the best placed WS NSW player with a semi final appearance, with Stewart Sherman, Matthew Leggett, Keiren Duckett and Daniel Jeffery also playing in the men’s draw. Keegan paired with Henry to take the gold in the Men’s Doubles.

In the Women’s Draw WS NSW was represented by Laura South, Fiona Sing and Hayley Slocombe, with Hayley taking out the Runner’s Up title for the singles.

The social elements of the tournament didn’t disappoint either, with a pizza party and AFL celebration dinner with all the players.

The NSW Open also celebrated its new venue at Surry Hills, with so many of our members in action, including six WS NSW junior players taking to the courts at Surry Hills.

In the Men’s main draw, Keegan Oh Chee won the singles title defeating Martyn Dunn (VIC) in the final. Other WS NSW players in the men’s draw were Mick Connell, Daniel Jeffery, Keiren Duckett, Ante Busic, Matthew Leggett and Stewart Sherman. Keegan paired with Martyn to win the doubles title over Mick and Matthew.

Huge congratulations to our new tennis star, Aidyn Zecevic from Wollongong, competing in his first ITF tournament and achieving some amazing personal goals over the weekend.

NSW junior ‘veterans’ Chase Burch and Hayley Slocombe teamed up for the doubles final match of the century, only just going down in a third set tiebreak, 6-7(5) 6-1 12-10. An amazing and impressive tournament was played by all.

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