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19.12.2014 Fremantle Sailing Club Web

Ties Grow with Fremantle Sailing Club

The relationship between Wheelchair Sports WA and Fremantle Sailing Club has been growing for a number of years now. With the Association’s annual Life Members Dinner being held at the Club, the opportunities for further interaction have steadily grown since. Several of our members have been fortunate enough to go on one of the very […]

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19.12.2014 Healthway Web

Healthway Renew Sponsorship

Wheelchair Sports WA is delighted to announce that Healthway have renewed their sponsorship of our two State Wheelchair Basketball Teams: The Be Active Perth Wheelcats and The Be Active Western Stars. Healthway have been supporting Wheelchair Sports in some capacity for a number of years and Wheelchair Sports is extremely pleased to have their continued […]

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19.12.2014 Christmas Flyer Web

Merry Christmas from Wheelchair Sports WA!

Wheelchair Sports WA would like to wish all of its Members and Supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The WSWA office will be open over the Festive period apart from the Public Holidays. N.B. The main stadium at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre will be closed from 1st January until Wednesday 7th […]

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Halftime with Hawaiian

On December 14th our very own Little Dribblers took to centre court at the Perth Arena to showcase their skills at the halftime break between the Perth Wildcats and the Adelaide 36ers. Our Juniors were invited to take part in the “Halftime with Hawaiian” show and our youngsters jumped at the fantastic opportunity to get onto […]

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15.12.2014 Xmas Party Web

WSWA Christmas Party 2014

Almost 80 of our members descended on the Osborne Park Show on Saturday December 6th to enjoy the 2014 Annual Wheelchair Sports WA Christmas Party. The Party-goers were met with incredible weather for the day, as kids and adults alike enjoyed the various rides and sideshows that the Show had to offer. Rides ranged from […]

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28.11.2014 SSA Web

2014 Sports Star of the Year Awards

Saturday night saw close to 180 of our athletes, volunteers and supporters attend the 19th Annual Sports Star Awards at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Scarborough. The awards night is the highlight of the social calendar and is always a great way of recognising the achievements of our incredible athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers for the […]

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28.11.2014 Handcyclists Web

WSWA Super Series Update

The WSWA Super Series is run across 3 sports: Athletics, Swimming and Para-Cycling and compares individual’s personal best times from the start of the season to the end. The winner of the Super Series is therefore that season’s most improved athlete. Whilst unfortunately the Athletics & Swimming 13/14 Super Series didn’t quite get going, our […]

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28.11.2014 State Comp Web

Winter State Competition Finals 2014

A Grade Grand Final What a game! The Grand Final of the 2014 State Winter Wheelchair Basketball was an awesome battle between the season’s dominant side, BOHICA, and a strong Black Ducks team lead by some of our younger players. The Black Ducks held a lead of as much as 10 points for most of […]

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18.11.2014 Powerlifting Web

Strong Showing at the 2014 Powerlifting Nationals

From the 7th-9th October, WSWA athletes Ben Wright and Nang Nguyen travelled to Brisbane for the 2014 National Powerlifting Championships. The event was the biggest in recent times with 15 athletes coming together at the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Brisbane. After their biggest year in powerlifting, Ben and Nang were keen to continue the […]

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30.10.2014 Liddawi Web

WSWA Members Head Off-Road

WSWA Members Andrew Liddawi and Daniel Sonnabend both went off the beaten track for the annual Cape to Cape Mountain Biking Event which started on Thursday October 23rd at Cape Leeuwin and finished on Sunday 26th in Dunsborough, totalling around 223km. Andrew Liddawi was the first person with a physical disability to contest in an […]

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30.10.2014 Enforcers Web

The West Coast Enforcers Return to the National Stage

It has been 5 years since the West Coast Enforcers have entered their own State team in the National Rugby Championships and 2014 hopes to mark the beginning of a revival of sorts for the team. The West Coast Enforcers entered the 2014 National Championships as undeniable underdogs with 3 National rookies in the squad: […]

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30.10.2014 Family Camp 2014

Family Camp 2014

The 2014 WSWA Family Camp took place over the 24th-26th of October and was a terrific get-together for some of our youngest members and their families. Held at Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre, the camp is all inclusive and encourages siblings and parents to get involved in all the awesome activities including water-skiing, abseiling, […]

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30.10.2014 Fishing Web 1

Spring Fishing Trip

On Friday 10th October, Wheelchair Sports WA ran their first Fishing Trip with Fremantle Sailing Club. It was a bright and early start for the handful of members that were lucky enough to get in quick with their RSVPs; however the weather looked to be perfect for a day out at sea and justified the […]

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30.10.2014 Stars Web

WNWBL Finals 2014

The Be Active Western Stars made it into Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League Finals looking to defend their title however unfortunately luck conspired against the ladies with a number of issues meaning they were unable to compete as strongly as they would have liked, with only six players registered for the tournament, many of whom were […]

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30.10.2014 Football Web

Paralympic Football National Championships

WA’s Paralympic Football Team were unfortunate to miss out on a spot in the medal matches at this year’s 2014 National Paralympic 7-A-Side Football Championships, cruelly going down 1-0 in all four of their matches. The guy’s defensive efforts were a particular strength of the squad, ably lead by goal keeper and Captain, Chris Barty. […]

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26.09.2014 Cats Web2

Be Active Perth Wheelcats are 2014 NWBL Champions

The Be Active Perth Wheelcats have claimed another record breaking back to back Gold in the 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball League after defeating a very resilient RSL QLD Spinning Bullets side 79-55 in the grand final at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Perth. The Be Active Perth Wheelcats made hard work for themselves at […]

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26.09.2014 Marilyn Web

Marilyn Joins the Team

Wheelchair Sports WA is delighted to welcome Marilyn Drake as the Association’s new front line receptionist and is responsible for administrative support of the Association and the call centre operation. Marilyn has been in Australia for the past 18 months having moved from the UK and has many years secretarial experience.  She is a keen soccer fan, […]

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Wheelcats split results with Spinning Bullets

In the final round of the National Wheelchair Basketball League the Be Active Perth Wheelcats went one from two against a strong RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets side. Game one was a physical affair with 38 personal fouls handed out resulting in the Spinning Bullets playing the last few minutes with just four players on the […]

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04.09.2014 Wheelcats Web

Two More Wins for the Be Active Perth Wheelcats

Round 6 of the National Wheelchair Basketball League saw our Be Active Perth Wheelcats take two close games over the previously second placed Victoria team. Game one was extremely tight with the Wheelcats successful staging a fantastic comeback to win 67-64. Justin Eveson scored 31 points and also took an impressive 18 rebounds. Game two saw […]

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27.08.2014 Perth to Busso Web

Perth to Busselton Riders Jump Back on the Saddle

Over the first weekend in September, between 25 and 30 riders will once again begin the 230 Kilometre journey from Perth to Busselton raising funds for Variety WA. Through Variety WA’s Freedom Program, Wheelchair Sports WA (WSWA) will again benefit from the Ride. Last year, the ride helped fund both the Family Camp and the Junior […]

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27.08.2014 Esme Web

Lunch with WSWA Life Member Esme Bowen

In case you missed it, here is the fantastic article on WSWA Life Member and former President, Esme Bowen. The article was in the August Edition of the WestBusiness – Insider and gives a brief insight into Esme’s remarkable story.   Picture: Sharon Smith

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27.08.2014 Wheelchair Sports WA Logo

Junior Working Group

Earlier this year, a number of parents of young WSWA members were asked to form a “Junior Working Group” (JWG), with the intent of: –          ensuring that the pathway from Little Dribblers (the most junior program that WSWA offers for its youngest members) onwards to other sports and Paralympic events –          providing a means of […]

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18.08.2014 wcrnd5

Be Active Perth Wheelcats Results Round 5

Two more games and two more wins as the Be Active Perth Wheelcats maintain their position at the top of the NWBL Ladder, overcoming challengers Red Dust Heelers Adelaide. With the “visiting” team boasting WSWA members Brad Ness, Robert Pike, Clare Nott, Jake Kavanagh, Ryan Morich and Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy the games produced a ‘local derby’ […]

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18.08.2014 Kat Downie Web

Great Results for Swimmer Kat Downie

Fresh from winning a Silver medal in the 200m Individual Medley at her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow Wheelchair Sports WA member Katherine Downie has produced a stunning campaign at the 2014 Para Pan Pacs in California. Kat’s haul of three gold, three silver and a bronze came alongside three new personal bests and sees […]

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08.08.2014 Cats Web

Be Active Perth Wheelcats in action at Home

The first of three Be Active Perth Wheelcats home rounds occurred over the weekend of the 26th and 27th of July and proved a hard-fought contest between the leagues two top teams. Last year’s grand finalists split the results with the Wollongong Rollerhawks winning 75-71 on the Saturday night but our boys picked up the […]

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08.08.2014 Rec and Social Web

Recreation and Social Calendar

Upcoming: Comedy Night, City to Surf, Ten Pin Bowling Comedy Night We invite our members to come along to The Charles Hotel’s Comedy Night on Thursday the 21st of August for a social evening and a good laugh. Please RSVP now by emailing hayden@wheelchairsportswa.org.au or speaking to the programs team on 08 6143 5800. It is […]

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08.08.2014 Commonwealth Web

WSWA Members Perform in Glasgow

Wheelchair Sports WA is proud to have had a number of members participate in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games. 2013 Junior Sports Star of the Year Katherine Downie won a silver medal in the women’s 200m SM10 Individual Medley as well as making the final of the women’s SB9 100m Breaststroke. Former WSWA member […]

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08.08.2014 Amber Web

Further Accolades for Captain Merritt

A big congratulations from Wheelchair Sports WA to Be Active Western Stars Captain Amber Merritt who has just been awarded the trophy for the Australian 2013 Junior Female Wheelchair Basketballer of the Year. The award was presented by Australian Gliders Head Coach Tom Kyle last weekend during the Western Stars home round. Merritt has already had some stand […]

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08.08.2014 Stars Web

Be Active Western Stars Well Placed After Opening Rounds

After Round 1 of the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball for 2014 the Be Active Western Stars finished mid table, having taken two wins from four games. The Stars had wins over Vitoria (69-59) and Sydney University Flames (65-52) but unfortunately lost a close one to the Stacks Goudkamp Bears (43-45) and also to the MineCraft […]

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08.08.2014 Rollers Web

Rollers Win Consecutive World Championship

Self-Belief was Australia’s secret weapon When the Australian Rollers go back and reflect on their gold medal at the 2014 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Incheon, Korea, there will be a number of moments that stand out as tournament and character defining moments. Roller’s guard and now two-time World Championship winner Shaun Norris says their […]

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04.07.2014 Brant Web

Brant Ranked Number One

The remarkable rise of Australian para-triathlete and Wheelchair Sports WA member Brant Garvey doesn’t appear to be slowing at all. Having only started the sport two years ago, Brant’s rise to the top of the sport has been remarkable. Brant’s recent 2nd place finish at the ITU World Triathlon Series Round in Chicago has given […]

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04.07.2014 Commonwealth Games 2014 Web

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Running from the 23rd of July through until the 3rd of August the XX Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland will host participants from 70 different countries. The Games will involve a total of 17 sports and 261 medal events and a record 22 para-sport events will be contested in five different sports (athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming […]

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04.07.2014 Wheelchair Sports WA Logo

The Recreation and Social Calendar is Growing!

Over the course of the year we will have a number of exciting social and recreation events for our members to get involved in. Coming up next we have a Wine Tasting Evening, a comedy night and the annual Chevron City to Surf. Wine Tasting Come down to Herb Graham on Friday July 11th between 6:00-8:00 […]

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04.07.2014 Rollers Web

WSWA Members Ready to Roll

Several Wheelchair Sports WA members have headed to Incheon, South Korea to represent Australia at the IWBF World Basketball Championships. Be Active Perth Wheelcats’: Justin Eveson, Michael Hartnett and Shaun Norris will line up with fellow WSWA members Brad Ness and Adam Deans of Red Dust Heelers Adelaide and Wollongong Rollerhawks respectively to help defend […]

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04.07.2014 Gliders Web

Stars Shine Bright for the Gliders

2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship Toronto, Ontario, Canada Gliders 52 – 68 USA L Gliders 90 – 10 Peru W Gliders 59 – 47 France W Gliders 60 – 30 Mexico W Gliders 38 – 47 Netherlands L Quarterfinal Gliders 47 – 63 Canada L Gliders 62 – 57 China W Fifth/sixth place Playoff […]

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30.06.2014 John Triscari1 - webpage

Sports Industry Coaches and Officials Award Dinner

Be Active Western Stars coach John Triscani received a Coach of the Year award while Be Active Perth Wheelcats coach Kelven Browner and junior coaches Mark Bannister, Mark Lovell, Brett Cole and Caitlin Dransfield all received Certificates of Commendation in recognition to their invaluable contributions. Held on Friday the 6th of June the industry awards […]

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30.06.2014 fam camp - website

Family Camp 2014

Planning for the 2014 Wheelchair Sports WA Family Camp is well underway and it is time to lock away the date in your calendars. •             WHEN: 24th – 26th of October 2014 •             WHERE: Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre •             COST: FREE to 2014 WSWA members This is the 5th year we have run […]

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03.06.2014 Cats Web

Be Active Perth Wheelcats Dominate Opening Rounds

The 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball League is underway and our Be Active Perth Wheelcats have had a fantastic start to the season, winning all 3 games in Wollongong recently. This included overcoming last year’s grand final opponents, and home team, the Rollerhawks (70-63) as well as the Adelaide Red Dust Healers (84-46) and Victoria (82-57). […]

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03.06.2014 Quiz Web

Quiz Night 2014

Herb Graham Recreation Centre once again played host to the fifth Annual WSWA Quiz Night. The “1920s Gangster” themed night was attended by just over 200 people with some great costumes on show. The Quiz Night had 25 tables of enthusiastic Gangsters and Dames and helped to generate proceeds of around $6000. The funds raised from […]

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03.06.2014 Handcycling Web

2014 Australian Paracycling Championships – Victoria

WCS recently sent a team of Hand cyclists to Echuca in Victoria to compete in the 2014 Australian Paracycling Championships. The team consisted of: Craig Parsons, Scott Hewitt, Louise Mofflin, Peter Allen, Karen Harvey, Nigel Barley, Richard Williams and Neil McDougall. This was one of the biggest state teams to compete at the event which […]

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30.05.2014 FionaStanleyWeb

Rehabilitation Partnerships Continue to Strengthen

Princess Margaret Hospital & Shenton Park – The strong relationship between Princess Margaret Hospital, Shenton Park & Wheelchair Sports WA has continued to develop with an increasing number of visits between the three parties as well as recent Professional Development Days. WSWA was invited to give a presentation at a recent Teacher’s Seminar for a […]

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30.05.2014 TennisWeb2

Winter Tennis Coaching with Tennis West

We are already halfway through our six week Winter Tennis Coaching Program in partnership with Tennis West and it’s great to see the improvements in our members’ technique already at this stage. This program was born from the demand for coaching following the Social Tennis Program last summer where they were able to have a […]

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29.05.2014 Brant Web

Great Win for Brant in Japan

Australian para-triathlete and Wheelchair Sports WA member Brant Garvey has continued his sensational form by finishing first in the below knee amputee class during the ITU World Triathlon in Yokohama on May 17th. This victory brings him one step closer to qualifying for the World Championship in Edmonton, Canada. Brant finished with a time of […]

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28.05.2014 Football Web

WA Paralympic Football Team Play Friendly

In a landmark event the WA Paralympic Football team recently played a friendly against the Liverpool Football Club Supporters Club of Western Australia. Paralympic Football is a sport played by people with Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury and Stroke. The match marked the first time that the state side had played against open age, able-bodied […]

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02.05.2014 Bowls Web

WSWA Athletes Bowl in the Australian Open

February at the Australian Open in Victoria saw competitors in Blind Disability Bowls (ABBA), Physical Disability Bowls (DSA), and Intellectual Disability Bowls (AUSRAPID) playing alongside their own groups and the able bodied mainstream. WA was represented by Andrew Ness (ABBA), Wayne Allsopp (DSA) and Robert Hughes (AUSRAPID), supported by manager Denise McMillan and Director Geoff […]

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02.05.2014 Paul website

Welcome to the Team Paul

Wheelchair Sports WA is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Goonting to the role of Manager – Finance and Corporate Services. Paul recently commenced with the Association in the capacity of Manager Finance and Corporate Services. As a registered Certified Practising Accountant with CPA Australia, he has a wide scope of knowledge and experience […]

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02.05.2014 KCC Web

The Black Ducks bring home Silver!

Wheelchair Sports WA recently sent an U20 State Junior Basketball team to the Kevin Coombs Cup National Championship held in Canberra. The team consisted of only 7 players and 3 staff members with a wide spread of experience levels. Despite only have 6 players for the first 4 games of the tournament, WA started the […]

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Be Active Wheelcats and Stars back in action soon!

It is almost time again for the men’s and women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Leagues to commence for the 2014 season. The Be Active Perth Wheelcats victory in last season’s showpiece final returned our proud team back to the top of the NWBL, claiming their eighth championship in the past 12 seasons. This year’s season will […]

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Powerlifting Records set in Dubai

Earlier this month saw Wheelchair Sports WA athletes Nang Nguyen and Ben Wright travel to Dubai to compete in the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships. The competition hosted over 350 athletes from 57 countries, congregate in Dubai over 7 days of fierce competition to pit themselves against the best in the world in a show […]

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Best and Fairest for WA Table Tennis Junior

One of our young members Connor Johnstone recently achieved some excellent results competing in the AWD Nationals hosted by  the Gold Coast Table Tennis Club in Queensland between April 13th and 17th. On his way to being named the Under 18 Male Best and Fairest Connor earned 4 medals: Silver: Class Junior U18 Standing Singles […]

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03.04.2014 Hayden Web

The Programs Team is Growing!

Wheelchair Sports WA is delighted to announce the appointment of Hayden Lewis to the role of Program Coordinator. Hayden has commenced employment on a casual basis and will be in the office on Mondays and Thursdays. Hayden graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Human Movement) and a Post-graduate Diploma […]

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27.03.2014 KCC Web

Kevin Coombs Cup Squad Announced

It’s always a key date for our Junior Basketballers and it is with great pleasure that Wheelchair Sports WA can announce that the following players have been chosen to represent WA at the U20 Kevin Coombs Cup: Ryan Morich Jake Kavanagh Georgia Inglis Andrew Dewberry Robyn Lambird Chris Bonilla Connor Nixon Ryan Hall   We […]

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26.03.2014 Neil McDougall Web

WSWA Members tackle the Delirium24

Wheelchair Sports WA members Neil McDougall and Kathy Hutchins recently tackled the Delirium 24hr bike ride, totalling an incredible 340kms.   It started as a conversion between my girlfriend Kathy and her boss Shane who had seen a web page for a 24 hour bike ride. Kathy had been into long distance sports events such […]

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18.03.2014 Summer Slam Web

Summer Slam 2014

On Sunday 9th February, Wheelchair Sports WA hosted the inaugural ‘Summer Slam’ Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. This tournament was a one day round robin competition with all levels of players playing together from experienced paralympians right down to junior able bodied members. The Teams were split as evenly as possible and it made way for each […]

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18.03.2014 Archery Web

Plenty to Come and Try!

In the past two months we have had three great Come and Try events, each one giving our members a taste for something completely different!             Athletics On Saturday 8th February, Athletics WA and Wheelchair Sports WA hosted a Come and Try Evening session at Challenge Stadium. The session was […]

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14.03.2014 Junior Camp Web 2

Junior Camp 2014

Despite being held over the Valentine’s Weekend, it became abundantly clear that there would be no love lost at the 2014 Wheelchair Sports WA Junior Camp. The camp was held over the 14th, 15th and 16th of February at the Point Walter Recreation Camp, a venue which is quickly becoming a favourite amongst camp-goers (and […]

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03.02.2014 Ben_popham Web

National Records for Ben

Congratulations to WSWA member Ben Popham who now holds the National U13 100m Breastroke Record. Ben has also received confirmation from Swimming Australia that he has also achieved the same record (Australian Record for a 13/u S7 male) for the 50m breaststroke as well as the 100m. His next big competition will be the Age […]

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03.02.2014 Brant Riding Web

Brant Takes Another Gold

Brant Garvey has made a great leap towards qualification for the ‘Elite Race’ field at this year’s World Championships in Canada. On Sunday 12th January, Brant finished National Champion at the Australian and Oceania Paratriathlon Championships.   Finishing 1st is an even  greater achievement considering Brant was still recovering from his Ironman last month, “In […]

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03.02.2014 Madi Web

Strong 2014 Start for Madi

Madison De Rozario’s 2014 campaign got off to a flying start, with the Paralympic star winning all of her events on the track at the Summer Down Under Series in Canberra and Sydney before finishing runner-up in the prestigious OZ Day 10K road race. Racing against some of the World’s best athletes from USA, Great […]

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