National Sports Report

National Sports Report – December 2014

As the year begins to wind down, the sporting action across the nation hits pinnacle heights for some sports. From the inaugural Australasian Para-Badminton Championships, to the 2014 National Schools Athletics Championships and the 2014 Australian Short Course Championships; Athletes of all ages, across all states demonstrated a high level of athleticism, dedication and overall enjoyment in participating in their chosen events.

Australasian Para-Badminton Championships:

The inaugural Australasian Para-Badminton Championships was held on Saturday the 15th November 2014 at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Victoria. This event attracted 9 Short Statured athletes from across various states/countries including QLD, NSW, VIC and NZ.

The event saw Ashleigh Hutchinson (VIC) and Luke Missen (VIC) make their Para badminton debut; both athletes gave it their all and it was evident their improvement from their first game to their last – both showing great potential for future tournaments. Jonathon Tripp took out the Triple Crown in the SS6 category by winning singles, doubles and mixed doubles – an outstanding achievement. Cullen Adams (NSW) showed tremendous improvement (only his second tournament) and ended up getting runners up in the singles, and mixed doubles. No doubt he will improve even more, providing tough and exciting matches ahead in 2015 for the men’s division. The women’s division was once again a hotly contested title, with tight games; it came down to the wire in the end. Kobie Donovan (QLD) took out the women’s singles, closely followed by Nina Kersten (NZ). Charli Worgan (NSW) along with Kobie took out the women’s doubles; Charli also came runners up in the Mixed doubles. Nina Kersten assisted Jonathon to his triple crown by winning the mixed doubles. Sam Millard (VIC) and Anthony Koedyk (VIC) showed promising signs for a successful campaign in 2015, with improvements made by both athletes. Overall the tournament was a huge success and showed promising signs for the future. 2015 presents an opportunity to further strengthen the SSPA partnership with Badminton Victoria/Australia as well as providing opportunity for both social and competitive SS members to be involved in the quest to the 2015 World championships and beyond. Finally I would like to thank all the supporters who came along for the day, as well as the officials and the coaches (Kay & Clyde). If you are keen to get involved in the New Year, please don’t hesitate to contact myself to get on board or receive further information – all short statured individuals are welcomed irrelevant of ability or age.

As the year begins to wind down, the sporting action across the nation hits pinnacle heights for some sports. From the inaugural Australasian Para-Badminton Championships, to the 2014 National Schools Athletics Championships and the 2014 Australian Short Course Championships; Athletes of all ages, across all states demonstrated a high level of athleticism, dedication and overall enjoyment in participating in their chosen events.

Australian Primary School Athletics Championships:

The future of Short Statured Sport looks even brighter after the National Primary School Athletics championships held in Tasmania earlier this month. A record 7 Short Statured athletes from around the Nation (10-12 years old), competed against peers of all disabilities in events such as 100m, 200m, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus and Relays. Many personal bests were broken, expectations supressed and records demolished. All athletes demonstrated true state/territory pride and trained consistently in the lead up to the championships. Amazingly among these 7 athletes a total of 9 Gold, 8 Silver, and 2 Bronze were collected.

There are some truly talented juniors, which have shown great potential for the future – No doubt we will see more of these athletes as years progress and who knows they may even be future Paralympians or even Australian World Dwarf Games representatives.

Australian All Schools Championships (Secondary):

For the first time, 2014 All schools saw the integration of Para events for the U/16 and U/18 age groups. The Secondary School Championships were held in South Australia, and 1 SS individual competed. Congratulations to Rohan Bright who represented NSW and competed in 100m/200m (Bronze), Long Jump (Silver) and Discus (Gold).

Keep your eye out for the next Journal which will contain information regarding School Sport (Primary, & Secondary); how to get involve, how it works and much more ready for the 2015 sports calendar.

2014 Australian Short Course Championships (Open):

The 2014 Short Course Swimming championships were held in South Australia at the Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide. Our two current Paralympians Reagan Wickens (NSW) and Tanya Huebner (VIC) battled it out in their chosen events. Congratulations to Tanya winning her Multi Class 100 Metre Breaststroke in a time of 1:40.13 and to Reagan completing 6 events and qualifying for 1 final.

In wrapping up, I congratulate all athletes and their achievements and look forward to following their progress throughout 2015. 2015 looks to be a big year within all aspects of SSPA Sports from the 20th Anniversary Albury Sporting weekend to multiple elite world championships for a verity of sports in the lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games. I encourage all members to get involved in some form or another, and if you have any questions, or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact myself.

Kind Regards,

Kobie Donovan
SSPA Sports Coordinator
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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