Posts Tagged ‘Wheelchair Sports WA’


Wheelchair Tennis Doubles Tournament

The fab group at Wheelchair Sports WA recently ran a series of wheelchair tennis training sessions at the Herb Graham Centre in Mirrabooka.

These training sessions resulted in a doubles tournament being played at the State Tennis Centre in

Burswood on Thursday 23rd of August.  Organised and run by the team at Tennis West, four very competitive doubles pairs took to the courts to prove who had the moves on the court.

Despite the fact that they *say* they had been practicing up until the tournament there were a lot of laughs as kamikaze balls flew around and team communications broke down…..note to Adam and Georgia: don’t play on a team with your “real” partner!!

In the end the partnership of Kim Robins and Sam Clarke ruled the night, taking out what is to become the Annual Trophy in the finals match against Adam Deans and Georgia Inglis.  Special mention from me goes to Jake Kavanaugh who I could swear believed I had a target on the top of my camera ;-)

If you are interested in having a go at wheelchair tennis the next session begins in November and is open to all – yes including able-bodied.  Contact Lindal at Wheelchair Sports WA; lindal@wheelchairsportswa.org.au


Introducing the 2012 Black Ducks!

 

I am in the very fortunate position to be the Official Photographer for Wheelchair Sports Western Australia (WSWA).  I get to photograph amazing and talented athletes who have physical disabilities but who do not allow those physical disabilities to set them back.  Its very inspirational and fun!!

On Wednesday 11th of April, I attended and photographed the presentation of playing jerseys to the current Black Ducks, WSWA’s Under 21 wheelchair basketball team.  It is an extremely proud moment as an athlete to gain a place on a State team and the room was filled with huge smiles and a lot of pride.  Amber Merritt, who will be missing out on playing with the Ducks this year due to Paralympic commitments reminded the team of the opportunity that they have had presented to them, to wear their jerseys with pride and to play hard.  Words that very clearly resonated throughout the room.

The Black Ducks will defend their title at next weeks Kevin Coombs Cup being held at Challenge Stadium and we wish them every luck in this endeavour.

So without further delay….meet your WA Black Ducks (missing from below are Assistant Coach Nick Radovich and Captain Jake Kavanagh);

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wheelcats Triumphant in First Game Back

 

The first games of the National Wheelchair Basketball League season rolled off (sorry – couldn’t help myself!) over the weekend.  Reigning Champs and local team the Perth Wheelcats saw their season start with a home game AND a replay of last season’s Grand Final against the Woollongong Kidzwish Roller Hawks.

 

With celebrity support from their newly announced number one ticket holder Ernie Dingo, the Wheelcats took to the court with a fierceness and positivity that was truly inspirational.


Half time entertainment was provided by members of the current reigning Champions for 2011 Australian Baseball League, Perth Heat.  In friendly competition (of course!) players Mitch Graham and Lachlan Dale did their best at driving the chairs around the court with mascots Heat Flash and Hot Dog cheering them on.  Mitch took the lead though scoring the winning goal a good time span before team mate Lachlan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end, the Wheelcats followed up their grand final win, winning 100-81.  Leading goal scorer for the Wheelcats was Justin Eveson with 35 points.

 

Shaun Norris looked after him dishing out 16 assists while the highest goal scorer for the Roller Hawks was Tristain Knowles with 44 points.

The Wheelcats are off to Dandenong next for a two game series.  Next home game is a two game series the weekend of the 9th of July.

A gold coin donation will get you in the door at the  Herb Graham Recreation Centre to show the team support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Wheelchair Sports – “Have a Go” Tennis Night

One of the most rewarding parts of what I do in my work is what I can give back to the community.  Late last year I formed a pro-bono partnership with Not-For-Profit organisation Wheelchair Sports WA.  Wheelchair Sports WA (WSWA) deals with the management of all wheelchair sport in WA and boasts a number of very successful state, national and international athletes.  They also make a point of educating and involving the public in what they are about.

Enter “Have a Go” nights!  These nights are not just about getting those that have a physical disability out there and active, the nights also provide an opportunity for able-bodied people to give the sports a go, with WSWA supplying the wheelchairs to do this.  This year WSWA started with tennis which saw around 10 people, both with physical disabilities and able-bodied having a go – my hubby included!

The night started with some coaching and practice on positioning and form and as everyone started to get the hang of it the games started.  I did note a healthy competitive streak displayed between Georgia and WSWA Sports Development Officer Joel Mackenzie, with Joel eventually trading his wheels back to his legs in order to get Georgia’s fine form back under control.  Sorry Joel but it had to be said!!  This kind of banter just re-enforced the amazing job that Joel and the team do with the sports and the respect that the athletes have for them.    Overall the night was a success night with everyone *mostly* hitting the ball in some way, shape or form.

The tennis program will continue to run through the month of March and if you have an interest in knowing any more about tennis or any of the other sports offered, contact Joel on 9440 4245 or via email, joel@wheelchairsports.org.au


Wheelchair Sports WA Partnership

I am very proud to announce a new partnership with Wheelchair Sports WA as their Official Photographer.

Wheelchair Sports WA are responsible for all functions pertaining to wheelchair sport in WA.  The Association currently has over 500 members.  This member base is inclusive of family and supporters of those who have been affected by a physical disability or any condition that impairs mobility or coordination.

My first meet with Membership and Participation Officer and three-time Paralympic competitor Justin Eveson, was a fantastic experience and his enthusiasm for wheelchair sports (especially basketball!) was evident from the outset.  He has every right to be – WA boasts some of the best wheelchair athletes not just in Australia but in the world!

In the capacity of official photographer I will be involved in the photographic documentation of Wheelchair Sports WA’s major sporting events, presentation evenings and other functions throughout the year.  As my first assignment, I had the great pleasure of photographing their 15th Annual Sports Star of the Year Award, a night that I was very honoured to attend.  It was an inspirational evening for me and I truly look forward to my involvement with the crew.

Check out the press release from the Awards night here

2010 Sports Star of the Year: Shaun Norris

2010 Junior Sports Star of the Year:  Madison De Rozario