Australia at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

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Australia at the Paralympic Games

Flag of Australia
IPC code  AUS
NPC Australian Paralympic Committee
At the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney
Competitors 285 in 18 sports
Officials 148
Flag bearer Brendan Burkett (Opening) Neil Fuller (Closing)
Medals
Rank: 1
Gold
63
Silver
39
Bronze
47
Total
149
Paralympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Australia was the host nation for the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney and the team consisted of 285 athletes in 18 sports and 148 officials. It was the country's largest ever Paralympic delegation to a Games. The chef de mission was Paul Bird. Australia finished at the top of the medal tally with 63 gold, 39 silver and 47 bronze medals. This was the first time and the only time to date that Australia has finished on top of either an Olympic or Paralympic medal tally.[1] The most successful sports were athletics, cycling, equestrian, swimming and wheelchair tennis.

Notable Australian performances were:

Medalists[edit]

[2][3][4][5]

Archery[edit]

Australian archer Arthur Fisk lines up his shot during the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games archery competition

Australia represented in archery by:

Men – Arthur Fisk, John Marshall, Tony Marturano Women – Natalie Cordowiner Coaches – Robert de Bondt (Head), Hans Klar

Australia failed to win any medals.[2][3][5]

Athletics[edit]

Action shot of Australian field athlete Shayne Allen throwing the discus during competition at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Australian track athletes Katrina Webb (left) and Alison Quinn (right), seen from behind with the Australian flag, celebrate with the crowd over their medal wins in the 100 m T38 at the 2000 Summer Paralympics. Quinn won gold and Webb won silver in this event.

Australia represented in athletics by:

Men – Shayne Allen, Kieran Ault-Connell, Wayne Bell, Malcolm Bennett, Anthony Biddle, Russell Billingham, Fabian Blattman, Damien Burroughs, Rick Cooke (guide), Lee Cox, Roy Daniell, Mark Davies, Michael Dowling, Stephen Eaton, John Eden, Don Elgin, Kurt Fearnley, Anton Flavel, Heath Francis, Neil Fuller, Terry Giddy, Murray Goldfinch, Gerrard Gosens, Adrian Grogan, Brian Harvey, Bill Hunter (guide), Clayton Johnson, Lachlan Jones, John Lindsay, Hamish MacDonald, John Maclean, Tim Matthews, Jeffrey McNeill, Paul Mitchell, Andrew Newell, Paul Nunnari, Sam Rickard, Ed Salmon (guide), Russell Short, Greg Smith, Tim Sullivan, Darren Thrupp, Geoff Trappett, Steve Thorley (guide), Dean Turner, Bruce Wallrodt, Stephen Wilson

WomenAngela Ballard, Joanne Bradshaw, Madelyn Ehlers, Rebecca Feldman, Patricia Flavel, Lynda Holt, Norma Koplick, Tanya Krome, Holly Ladmore, Lisa Llorens, Lisa McIntosh, Alison Quinn, Sharon Rackham, Allyson Richards (guide), Louise Sauvage, Christie Skeleton, Frances Stanley, Meaghan Starr, Claire Summersgill, Katrina Webb, Debbie Wendt, Jodi Willis, Amy Winters

CoachesChris Nunn (Head), Di Barnes, Andrew Dawes, Scott Goodman, Brett Jones, Peter Negropontis, Lorraine Feddema, Robyn Hanson, Phil Badman, Rob Gorringe

OfficialsJason Hellwig (Manager), Hayden Clark, Barb Denson, Petrina Tierney, Jodie Worrall, Allyson Richards, Bill Hunter, Rick Cooke

Australia finished the number one country in athletics with 35 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze medals. This was Australia's best performance in athletics at the Paralympics. Team highlights included: Timothy Sullivan's five gold medals, Greg Smith's five gold medals, Neil Fuller's four gold medals and one bronze medal, Lisa Llorens's three gold medals and one silver medal and Lisa McIntosh's three gold medals. Australia also won four relay gold medals.[2][3][5]

Basketball (Intellectual Disability)[edit]

Australian ID basketball player Nicholas Maroney shoots the ball during competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in basketball by:

Men – Frank Arratia, Lee Collins, Tim Devine, Simon Ishac, Bradley Lee, Tyson Lynch, Nicholas Maroney, Adam Meredith, Brett Phillips, Peter Willoughby, Brett Wilson, Justin Wrbik Coaches – Tony Guihot (Head), Liz Fraser, Ian McLeod Officials – Michael Hudson (Manager)

The Australian team known as the 'Boomerangs' finished sixth in the tournament.[2][3][5]

Boccia[edit]

Australian boccia player Scott Elsworth in action during competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in boccia by:

Men – Warren Brearley, Scott Elsworth, John Richardson Women – Lyn Coleman, Angie McReynolds, Karen Stewart Coaches – Joan Stevens (Head), Italo Vigalo Officials – Peggy Richardson, Barry Stewart, Sue Beencke, Annette Low, Emily Connell, Carla Brearley, June Kaese

Most athletes did not progress from the first round of pool games. Scott Eslworth was the best performed athlete making the quarter-finals.[2][3][5]

Cycling[edit]

Australia represented in cycling by:

MenGreg Ball, Paul Clohessy, Matthew Gray, Steven Gray, Darren Harry, Eddie Hollands, Peter Homann, Paul Lake, Mark le Flohic, Kieran Modra, David Murray, Paul O'Neill, Daniel Polson, Christopher Scott, Noel Sens, Russell Wolfe

Women – Christine Fisher, Lyn Lepore, Kerry Modra, Tania Modra, Lynette Nixon, Sarnya Parker

CoachesKevin McIntosh (Head), Darryl Benson, Radek Valenta Officials – Elsa Lepore (Manager), John Beer, Rebecca Tweedy

Australia won 10 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze medals and finished the number one country overall.[2][3][5]

Equestrian[edit]

Australia represented in cycling by:

WomenRosalie Fahey, Sue Haydon, Julie Higgins, Marita Hird, Judy Hogan, Sue-Ellen Lovett, Anne Skinner Coaches – Carolyn Lieutenant (Head), Gillian Rickard Officials – Judy Cubitt (Chef d'Equipe), Dinah Barron

Australia won 2 gold and 2 bronze medals in its second Paralympic competition. It came second to Great Britain in the overall medal tally. Due to the team's results, Head Coach Carolyn Lieutenant won the Australian Coaching Council's Female Coach of the Year award.[2][3][5]

Fencing[edit]

Australian wheelchair fencer Michael Alston in action during competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in wheelchair fencing by:

MenMichael Alston, Robert Goodwin Coach Sally Kopiec (Head)

Australia did not win any medals but each athlete made the second round (top sixteen).

Football (7 a Side)[edit]

Australian football player Jason Rand in action on the field during competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in football by:

Men – David Barber, Shaun Fedele, Eric Haddrick, Miguel Marcelino, Beau Menzies, Mark Morris, Andrew Panazzolo, Christopher Pyne, Jason Rand, Jeremy Thorpe, George Tonna Coaches – Russell Marriott (Head), David Campbell Officials – Corny van Eldik (Manager)

The team known as the 'Drillers' finished seventh in their first Paralympics.[2][3][5]

Goalball[edit]

Australia represented in goalball by:

Men – Rob Crestani, Kevin Frew, Paul Harpur, Troy King, Warren Lawton, Robbie Vogt Coaches – Sam Theodore (Head), Robert Apps

Women – Penny Bennett, Kerrie-ann King, Jo Ruba, Robyn Stephens Coaches – Terry Kenaghan (Head)

The men's team finished ninth out of twelve and the women's team finished eighth.[2][3][5]

Judo[edit]

Australian judoka Anthony Clarke fights Great Britain's Ian Rose in competition at the Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Australia represented in judo by:
MenAnthony Clarke Coach – Trevor Kschamer (Head)

Australia's sole competitor Anthony Clarke, a former gold medalist, finished seventh.[2][3][5]

Powerlifting[edit]

Australian powerlifter and silver medalist Richard Nicholson in action at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in powerlifting by:

Men – Shaun Cavuoto, Darren Gardiner, Steve Green, Paul Hyde, Richard Nicholson, Kahi Puru, Wayne Sharpe WomenDeahnne McIntyre, Julie Russell, Vicky Machen, Kim Neuenkirchen, Melissa Trafela, Sue Twelftree CoachesBlagoi Blagoev (Head), Ray Epstein

Australia won a silver medal with Richard Nicholson's performance.[2][3][5]

Sailing[edit]

Australia represented in sailing by:

MenJamie Dunross, Graeme Martin, Michael McLean, Noel Robins, Peter Thompson Coaches – Lachlan Gilbert (2.4mR), Paul Eldrid (Sonar) Officials – John Whitfield

Australia won the gold medal in the Sonar event and finished fourth in 2.4MR. It was the second placed nation in sailing.[2][3][5]

Shooting[edit]

Australia represented in shooting by:

MenAshley Adams, Stephen Guy, Stan Kosmala, Jeff Lane, James Nomarhas, Steven McCormack, Paul Schofield, Peter Shannon, Peter Tait, Peter Worsley WomenElizabeth Kosmala CoachesYvonne Hill (Head), Anne Bugden, Evangelos Anagnostou Officials – Andre Jurich

Australia won a silver medal with Peter Tait's performance in the pistol. Six shooters made finals.[2][3][5]

Swimming[edit]

Daniel Bell in the pool during competition at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Australia represented in swimming by:

MenMark Altmann, Ben Austin, Paul Barnett, Daniel Bell, Tom Bridge, Scott Brockenshire, Kingsley Bugarin, Brendan Burkett, Dominic Collins, Paul Cross, Cameron de Burgh, Patrick Donachie, Justin Eveson, Jeff Hardy, Alex Harris, Michael Palfery, Stewart Pike, Brett Reid, David Rolfe, Alastair Smales, Christian Stafford, Shane Walsh

WomenAlicia Aberley, Katerina Bailey, Petrea Barker, Denise Beckwith, Melissa Carlton, Kate Church, Priya Cooper, Tracey Cross, Gemma Dashwood, Nicole Davey, Janelle Falzon, Amanda Fraser, Megan Grant, Judith Green, Sarah Houlbolt, Alicia Jenkins, Marayke Jonkers, Dianna Ley, Karni Liddell, Tamara Nowitzki, Kirra O'Cass, Siobhan Paton, Casey Redford, Ellen Steele, Brooke Stockham, Lucy Williams, Stacey Williams, Melissa Willson, Elizabeth Wright

Coaches – Matthew Brown (Head), Greg Rochowcyzk, John Ornsby, Wanda Smales, Brendan Keogh, Frank Hohmann, Trent Patten, Dick Orbell Officials – Michael Scott (Manager), Linda Garsden, John Stamoulos, Michael Martin, Jenny Lambert

Australia had its largest ever swimming team and it won 14 gold, 15 silver and 21 bronze medals. It finished fifth on the gold medal tally and second on the overall medal tally. During the competition, Australian swimmers set 42 Australian records, 14 Paralympic records and 7 world records.[2][3][5]

Table Tennis[edit]

Australian table tennis player Bill Medley in action during competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in table tennis by:

Men – Bill Medley, Ross Schurgott Coaches – Joe Hoad (Head) Officials – Carmel Medley and Roger Massie

Australia was given two wild card entries due to it being the host nation. It did not win any medals as no athlete progressed past the first round.[2][3][5]

Volleyball[edit]

Australian standing volleyball player Grant Prest serves the ball during 2000 Summer Paralympics match

Australia represented in volleyball by:

Sitting

MenEdward Bray, Paul Croft, Darren Gay, Albert Lee, Brant North, Kevin Price, Glenn Pyne, Brett Roworth, Greg Sobczak, Bruce Thompson, Mark Whiteman CoachesWeiping Tu, Glenn Stewart OfficialsGraham Golley (Manager)

The team known as the 'Crabs' finished eleventh out of twelve but had their first ever international victory by defeating the United States.[2][3][5]

Standing

MenDaniel Byrne, Nick Coburn, Japhy Duldig, Joe Egan, Greg Hammond, Brett Holcombe, Nick Kaiser, Adam Lusted, Bill McHoul, Steven Neal, Grant Prest, Nigel Smith CoachesKieron Rochester (Head), Gary Jenness[2][3][5]

The team known as the 'Volleyroos' finished eighth. At the end of the tournament, the International Paralympic Committee determined that the sport would not be part of the 2004 Athens Games due to it failing to meet IPC criteria.

Wheelchair Basketball[edit]

Australian wheelchair basketball player Liesl Tesch celebrates with her silver medal and bouquet at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Australia represented in wheelchair basketball by:

MenTroy Andrews, Sandy Blythe, David Gould, Shaun Groenewegen, Gerry Hewson, Adrian King, Michael McFawn, Nick Morris, Brad Ness, Shane Porter, Brook Quinn, Troy Sachs Coaches – Bob Turner (Head), Michael Walker, Richard Oliver Officials – Fred Heidt (Manager), John Camens, Graham Gould

WomenJulianne Adams, Amanda Carter, Paula Coghlan, Mellissa Dunn, Karen Farrell, Alison Mosely, Lisa O'Nion, Donna Ritchie, Nadya Romeo, Sharon Slann, Liesl Tesch, Jane Webb Coaches – Peter Corr (Head), Tracey York, Rob Beveridge Officials – Kevin Smith (Manager)

The men's team known as the 'Rollers' lost their quarter-final to the United States and finished fifth. The women's team known as 'Gliders' won the silver medal after losing to Canada in the final. It was their most successful Paralympics.[2][3][5]

Wheelchair Rugby[edit]

Australia represented in wheelchair rugby by:

MenBryce Alman, Brett Boylan, Cliff Clarke, Gary Croker, Brad Dubberley, Nazim Erdem, Peter Harding, George Hucks, Tom Kennedy, Craig Parsons, Steve Porter, Patrick Ryan Coaches – Terry Vinyard (Head), Glenn Stephens, Nicholas Bailey Officials – Kim Elwood (Manager), David Bonavita (Chief Mechanic),[6] Wendy Poole

The team known as the 'Steelers' won the silver medal after losing to the World and Paralympic champions, United States by one point in the final.[2][3][5]

Wheelchair Tennis[edit]

Australia represented in wheelchair tennis by:

MenDavid Hall, David Johnson WomenDaniela di Toro, Branka Pupovac Coach – Greg Crump (Head)

Australia had very impressive results making three finals out of four and winning 1 gold and 2 silver medals. David Hall took home one gold and one silver medal.[2][3][5]

Administration[edit]

Members of the headquarters team were:

Administration

Paul Bird ( Chef de Mission), Keith Gilbert (Assistant Chef de Mission), Greg Campbell (Assistant Chef de Mission), Tony Naar (Assistant Chef de Mission), Robyn Smith (Assistant Chef de Mission), John Watkins, Rod Anderson, Melinda Richards, Eve Bampfield, Carmel Williams, Graham Edwards, Rodney Nugent, Anne Brunnell, Rebecca Hill, Dianne Watson, Shona Halson, Andrea Davidson, Nadia Brandon-Black, Murray Lydeamore, Karen Hellwig, Louise Mogg, Simon Reffold, Jillian Lennon, Joel Lipman, Kellie Urquhart, Jenni Banks, Tracy Lawrence, Ross Boyd, Sharon Palmer, Michael Blucher, Peter Kelly, Victoria Carthew, Sally Nelson, Phyllis Sakinofsky

Sports Medicine and Sports Science

Jane Buckley (Director), David Millions, Kevin Boundy, Syd Bourke, Kathy Merlehan, Jenny Nucifora, Craig Boettcher, Greg Ungerer, Mark Stokes, David Spurrier, Dimi Argyros, Allan Thomas, Joann Marr, Maria Di Michele, Vicki de Prazer, Gavin Freeman, John Woods

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sydney Paralympic Games Closed at High Tune", People's Daily, 30 October 2000
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Historical Results Database". International Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  4. ^ Annual Report 2000. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Australian 2000 Paralympic Team". Pandora WSebsite. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Paralympic "Murderball"". ABC Australia AM Radio. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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