Saturday 5 May saw 4 of our Track and Road development group hit the road as part of the Athletics NSW Sydney: 10.
Returning to defend his title was Luke Bailey. Alongside Luke were Triple Junior World Champion Greg Luff, Australian Melasian Championships representative Emily Preketes-Ashley and IWAS World Championship medallist Julie Charlton.
In an almost an exact time to last year’s event Luke defended his title, fighting of Greg Luff who came through 3 minutes faster than last year. In the womens event, Emily held off Julie to take the 2018 title.
Elite Wheelchair 2.5km
Four of our development group joined Paralympian Richard Nicholson at the inaugural 2.5km sprint course as part of the Sydney Half Marathon event.
Starting from St Mary’s Cathedral the race saw athletes pass the Art Gallery and then along Mrs Macquarie’s Road alternate to the usual traffic direction. Racers came back up the long rise to the finish at the Cathedral.
Amy Fisher and Roxanne Jones both took part in their first formal race with both only having started wheelchair racing in 2018. Also racing was the experienced Greg Luff and rookie road racer Sarah Clifton Bligh.
National Wheelchair Basketball League
After 4 rounds of the NWBL the Wollongong RollerHawks are sitting at the top of the ladder and the Sydney Metro Blues are sitting in 5th place.
You can catch the Wollongong RollerHawks playing the Adelaide Thunder on Saturday 16 June at 5pm at the Shellharbour Basketball Stadium and Sunday 17 June at 10am at the Snakepit Stadium (Wollongong). The Blues have away rounds for the rest of this season.
Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League
After 4 rounds of the WNWBL the Sydney Metro Blues Women are sitting in 3rd place on the ladder and the Sydney University Flames are sitting in 6th place.
You can follow each of these teams on Facebook: Flames: www.facebook.com/wheelchairflames
Both teams will have home rounds in the next couple of months. You can catch the Sydney Uni Flames playing the Red Dust Healers on Saturday 16 June at 2pm and 6pm at the Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre. The Blues Women will also play the Red Dust Healers at the Auburn Basketball Centre on Friday 13 July at 6pm and Saturday 14 July 10am
Kevin Coombs Cup
Our NSW juniors wheelchair basketball team returned from Geelong after representing the State in the Australian Nationals competition, Kevin Coombs Cup.
The representative team included: Jess Cronje, Maryanne Latu, Jess Pellow, Ash Pellow, Georgia Munro-Cook, Keltan Williams, Taitum Brown and Ethan Hallak, with coach Troy Sachs, assistant coach Josh Meoli, and manager Kris Riley.
The team fought hard against rival states QLD, WA and Victoria, but with no luck on the score board.
Our only win was over SA in a tightly contested game that pushed us through to the bronze medal play off to face QLD.
Unfortunately our juniors couldn’t hold off the Queenslanders, going down 63-53 to finish fourth for the tournament.
Huge congratulations to all our team who played with amazing resilience and represented NSW with determination and integrity.
A team of 11 players were selected to represent NSW at the 2018 MultiBowl National Championships held at Kardinya Bowling Club, Perth.
The tournament, hosted by Disability Sports Australia, brings the best multi disability Bowlers from across the country together for a week of competition. Our team heads across the country with the support of Bowls NSW and Women’s Bowls NSW.
- Cheryl Benbow (Raymond Terrace)
- Michelle Campbell (Raymond Terrace)
- Jo Hunter (Gymea)
- Vicki Parkinson (Lemon Tree Passage)
- Doug Lambert (Park Beach)
- Ron Mowday (Ettalong)
- Geoff Roberts (Beresfield)
- Geoff Seton (Leichardt)
- Jim Sigsworth (Sussex Inlet)
- Ryan Wood (Bateau Bay)
- Phil Plackett (Res)
- Bryce Williams (Team Manager)
Keep an eye out on the website and our Facebook page for results.
Change of Venue for 2018 WS NSW State Championships
The 2018 WS NSW State Championship will return to Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club. The event will take place from 3-7 September, with both a pairs and a singles competition. Keep an eye out for entries opening closer to the event.
WS NSW Lawn Bowls Committee
Congratulations to the following members, elected to be part of the WS NSW Lawn Bowls Committee.
- Michelle Campbell
- Gilbert Hicks
- Doug Lambert
- Geoff Roberts
- Geoff Seton
The committee acts to assist the WS NSW Sports Development team with the direction and delivery of the WS NSW Lawn Bowls programme.
WS NSW ParaPower State Championships
The inaugural WS NSW ParaPower State Championships will be held on Sunday 17 June at Woonona Bulli RSL.
As part of the event there will be both a ParaPower intro session (10am-12pm) as well as the State Championships (10am weigh in, 1pm First lift).
Following on from the successful ParaPower events held in Wollongong, Sydney and Newcastle, the ParaPower State Championships will provide members with an opportunity to lift under World Para Powerlifting rules. The event will act as an introduction to competition for members looking to compete at higher levels.
In early March, Wheelchair Sports NSW hosted the inaugural Canberra Classic in association with Vikings Group. Held over one evening and two days, the tournament brought together Wheelchair Rugby players from across the country. The competition was held at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium and saw over 25 players in attendance.
With the Australian Steelers away in the UK taking part in the Quad Nations, the opportunity was there for some of the developing players to make a step up and take on dominant roles in their team. With 20 games over the weekend there was no rest for anyone, with all players involved in each game, getting plenty of court time and testing themselves against some new faces.
The All Star 4, chosen on the best performing players over the weekend had an international taste with Indonesian 3 pointer Made Ratni making the line up alongside NSW’s Chad Graham and Victoria’s Anthony Gray and Thomas Klein.
It was a clean sweep for the Queenslanders with Luke Matthews taking out Top Rookie and Cameron Whitaker taking out Most Valuable Player. Each of the award winners was the lucky recipient of a QHDC voucher which could be spent on restocking those tyre and tube supplies.
Big thanks goes to all that attended, the players, supporters, officials, volunteers and sponsors, Vikings Group and QHDC who helped make it all possible.
Australian Steelers @ GB Four Nations, Leicester, United Kingdom
9- 11 March
AUS 52 – JPN 51
AUS 57 – GB 53
USA 54 – AUS 51
USA 56 – AUS 55