Disability Sports Australia E-Newsletter December 2016 - This newsletter is best viewed in your browser


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What a fantastic year we've had! So many achievements to celebrate and many more to come next year!

We'll be taking well earned break. We will be out of the office from the 17th of December and will return on Monday the 9th of January. We wish you all a happy and safe holiday and a happy new year!


Invictus Games coming to Sydney in 2018

Prince Harry announced on 12 November 2016, that the 2018 Invictus Games have been awarded to Sydney, Australia.

The fourth Invictus Games, will be held 18-29 October 2018, with over 500 competitors taking part from 17 nations. Sydney follows fellow host cities London 2014 and Orlando 2016, with Toronto in 23-30 September 2017. Click here to head to the event website

Wheelchair Dance Sport Australia wants YOU!

Disability Sports Australia is happy to announce that Wheelchair Dance Sport is coming to Australia but we need you!

Wheelchair Dance Sport is looking for dancers, studios and officials to participate in this new and exciting sport both socially and competitively. No experience required! 

Wheelchair Dance Sport is a Paralympic recognised sport for people with a physical impairment that affects the lower limbs. Dancers can participate as singles, duos (two wheelchair users) or combi (wheelchair user with able bodied partner) in competitive ballroom dancing in styles such as Standard, Latin and Freestyle. Click here to find out more!

Rio Paralympic Wrap-up

South America's first Olympic and Paralympic games came to a close on September 18. Australia finished fifth on the final medal tally, as they have done since the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, having collected 81 medals - 22 of them gold, 30 silver and 29 bronze.

Australian Paralympic Awards were given to:
  • Dylan Alcott - Australian Paralympian and Male Paralympian of the Year
  • Maddison Elliott - Female Paralympian of the Year
  • James Turner - Paralympic Rookie of the Year
  • Australian Paralympic Sailing team - Paralympic Team of the Year
  • Iryna Dvoskina - Coach of the Year
  • Liesl Tesch - Uncle Kevin Coombs Medal for the Spirit of the Games
  • Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin - President’s Award for Excellence in Sportsmanship
Inductees to the Australian Paralympic Hall of Fame
  • Kevin Coombs
  • David Hall
  • Tracey Freeman
  • Daphne Hilton
  • Adrienne Smith
  • Ron Finneran

Congratulations to all award recipients and everyone who competed and participated in the Paralympics. We look forward to seeing many of them again in 2020 for the Toyko Paralympics.


Click here to see all upcoming events!

Wheelie Perfect Sports Day
January 17, Auburn
Increase awareness and patronage of your event! 
Register it on the DSA website and it might get featured in our next newsletter!

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Wheelchair Sports NSWWheelchair Sports NSW

Summer Down Under 2017

The Summer Down Under Wheelchair Road Racing Series is the highest profile wheelchair sporting event in Australia. The Series has grown from a road single race to two international competitions, road and track events, and attracts the finest wheelchair athletes from across the globe. gio-and-sdu-logo-2017The series will feature the following events:
  • Canberra International Track Meet - 20 - 21 January
  • Sydney Twilight Track Meet - 24 January
  • Oz Day 10K - 26 January
Click here for more info or View their latest e-newsletter online

Disability Sport and Recreation VICDisability Sport and Recreation VIC

2016 Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards

On Wednesday 30 November, we celebrated the 2016 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and winners whose hard work and professionalism was recognised at these awards.We were honoured to have so many extraordinary athletes, officials, volunteers and representatives of inclusive programs and facilities attend the awards. We would also like to thank the key supporters of these awards, the Carbine Club, Protect, City of Melbourne and the Taxi Services Commission.
  • Top: All award winners and presenters on stage. Bottom: close-up of glass trophies.Dylan Alcott – Male Sportsperson of the Year
  • Carol Cooke – Female Sportsperson of the Year
  • Brenton Ponza – Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Carol Cooke – Masters Sportsperson of the Year
  • Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson – tennis doubles – Team of the Year
  • Alex Hirschauer – Coach of the Year
  • Liam Costello – Official of the Year
  • Jeff Walkley – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Amanda Kwong – Volunteer of the Year
Click here to view the entire list of award recipients or view their latest e-newsletter online

Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Assoc. QLDSporting Wheelies & Disabled Assoc. QLD

DSA bids farewell to QLD Sporting Wheelies CEO Ray Epstein

It's the end of an era. Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association CEO Ray Epstein OAM has announced his retirement after 26 years of service to the Association and 18 years as it's CEO.

Association CEO Ray EpsteinThe five-time Paralympic athlete and coach became involved in the Association in 1977 as a young athlete and served on the Association’s Board prior to his appointment as Finance and Administration Manager in 1990. He was appointed as CEO in 1998.

Ray's final day in the role is today. It is hard to imagine Disability Sport in Australia without Ray at the helm in QLD, and we know many of you will join us in recognising Rays calm head, strong and collaborative leadership style, and his enormous contribution to this sector over many years. On behalf of the board and staff at DSA, and our state member organisations, we thank Ray for his years of dedication and hard work and wish him well for the future!

2016 Annual Awards

The Association’s 2016 Annual Award state winners across 13 categories were announced at a special presentation dinner in Brisbane on 25 November. More than 150 members and family, sponsors and supporters attended the 36th awards to celebrate outstanding achievement. The dinner also honoured retiring CEO Ray Epstein. 
  • David Nicholas - Sporting Wheelie of the Year
  • Ryan Scott / Chris Bond - Senior Male Athlete of the Year
  • Lakeisha Patterson - Senior Female Athlete of the Year
  • Rheed McCracken - Junior Male Athlete of the Year
  • Katja Dedekind - Junior Female Athlete of the Year
  • Rachael Watson - Most Improved Athlete of the Year
Click here to view the entire list of award recipients or view their latest e-newsletter online

WheeWheelchair Sports WAlchair Sports WA

Sports Star Awards 2016 

Wheelchair Sports WA’s 21st Annual Awards dinner was held to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Athletes who participate at the highest levels of competition.

Hosted by the Fremantle Sailing Club on November 12th the night saw nearly 100 athletes, members, supporters and VIPs come together to celebrate the achievements of our elite level athletes in 2016.

The most notable award recipients were:14322359_10154150048823821_2250057575653494609_n
  • Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Robyn Lambird – Athletics
  • Coach of the Year: Stephen Charlton – Wheelchair Basketball
  • Team of the Year: Be Active Western Stars – Wheelchair Basketball
  • Junior Sports Star of the Year: Nick Prescott – Paralympic Football
  • Sports Star of the Year: Madison de Rozario – Athletics
Click here to read the full list of award recipients or view their latest e-newsletter online

Disability Recreation & Sports SADisability Recreation & Sports SA

Adelaide Thunder rolls into record books!

On October 22, Disability Recreation Sports South Australia in conjunction with the Adelaide Thunder, successfully held the attempt at the Guinness World Record for the longest game of wheelchair basketball ever played.

The timer started at 9am on Saturday morning, and did not stop until it read 32 hours at 5pm on the Sunday. 

Adam Roocke, a player with the Adelaide Thunder team who unfortunately have not been able to enter the National Wheelchair Basketball League due to a lack of funding, played a huge part in the planning and facilitating the attempt which was held at the Titanium Security Arena. Adam not only coordinated the majority of the event, but also contributed in the biggest way possible playing alongside the other 19 players that were part of the event.

Click here to read the full article or view their latest news on Facebook

ParaQuad Association of TasmaniaParaQuad Association of Tasmania

For enquires regarding disabled sports programs in Tasmania, please contact state organisation ParaQuad Association of Tasmania via email or call 
(03) 6272 8816.

View their latest news online

Disabled Sports Association NT

For enquires regarding disabled sports programs in the Northern Territory, please contact state member Jan Palazzi at Disabled Sports Association NT on (08) 8945 4800 or via email

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