National Sports Report – November 2015
2015 World Para Badminton Championships – England
Congratulations to Luke Missen, Sam Millard and Nina Kersten (New Zealand) on their recent success at the 2015 World Para Badminton Championships held in Stoke Mandeville – England. Luke and Sam paired up for the doubles plus entering the singles. All the games were tough and the Australian representatives were very much proud of their efforts considering the little time spent in the sport by all. No doubt in the next 4 years the sport of Para Badminton will grow and Australia will be a force to be reckon with in the next World Championships.
2015 IPC World Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Claire Keefer and Kobie Donovan on representing Australia at the recent World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Both athletes were on debut and performed tremendously for their country. Claire started her campaign with a 4th place in the F41 Discus with a throw of 22.86m, followed by a huge PB in the F41 (Taller Short Stature) Shot Put to secure the Bronze Medal with a throw of 7. 62m. Kobie finished 7th in the F40 (Shorter Short Stature) Shot Put to secure a top 8 finish. Both athletes are proud of their performances and are certainly looking to the future with Paralympic Qualification coming up.
2017 World Dwarf Games – Camp 2 Gold Coast 2016
The games are to be held in Guelph, Ontario – Canada from the 5th to 12th of August. Team Australia is already working hard to ensure the strongest team yet is sent over. Camp 1 was held in Sydney (August 2015), a total of 16 athletes attended to kick start their journey to WDG17 – they gain valuable insight into key areas of games preparation, fitness, training commitments and overall information of what it takes to be an Australian Representative. The next camp will be on the Gold Coast from 19th – 21st February 2016. This will be a compulsory camp for those whom have previously expressed interest.
Finally, it was great to see so many international representatives in 2015 – Many of these athletes above and including IPC Swimming Australian Representatives Reagan and Tanya will be aiming to qualify for the Rio Paralympics next year. Additionally I would also like to mention the record number of short statured juniors representing their School Regions at State Championships for Swimming and or Athletics = With a total of 36 from across the country – Many of them have/had/will qualify for National Championships.
SSPA Sports Coordinator