Australia at the 2004 Summer Paralympics
|Australia at the
2004 Summer Paralympics
|NPC||Australian Paralympic Committee|
|Flag bearer||Louise Sauvage (Opening) Matthew Cowdrey (Closing)|
|Summer Paralympics appearances (overview)|
Australia competed at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. It was Australia's 12th year of participation at the Paralympics. The team included 151 athletes (91 men and 60 women). Australian competitors won 101 medals (26 gold, 39 silver and 36 bronze) to finish fifth in the gold medal table and second on the total medal table. Australia competed in 12 sports and won medals in 8 sports. The Chef de Mission was Paul Bird. The Australian team was smaller than the Sydney Games due to a strict selection policy related to the athletes' potential to win a medal and the International Paralympic Committee's decision to remove events for athletes with an intellectual disability from the Games due to issues of cheating at the Sydney Games. This was due to a cheating scandal with the Spanish intellectually disabled basketball team in the 2000 Summer Paralympics where it was later discovered that only two players actually had intellectual disabilities. The IPC decision resulted in leading Australian athletes such as Siobhan Paton and Lisa Llorens not being able to defend their Paralympic titles.
Leading Australian athletes included:
- Swimmer Matthew Cowdrey won a total of seven medals
- Swimmers Chantel Wolfenden and Prue Watt won six and five medals respectively.
- Tim Sullivan won four gold medals in athletics sprints events.
- Four athletes won four medals - swimmers and Ben Austin, cyclist Lindy Hou and athletics sprinter Heath Francis
- Six athletes won three medals - Don Elgin, Neil Fuller, Kurt Fearnley and Darren Thrupp in athletics and Kieran Modra and Christopher Scott in cycling.
- 1 Background of the Athens Games
- 2 Opening and Closing Ceremony
- 3 Media Coverage
- 4 Medal Tally
- 5 Medalists
- 6 Events
- 7 Administration
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Background of the Athens Games
The 2004 Summer Paralympics, formally known as Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was held from September 17 to September 28. The twelfth Paralympic Games, a total of 3,808 competitors (2,643 Men and 1,165 Women) from 135 countries participated. During these games 304 World Records were broken with 448 Paralympic Games Records being broken across 19 different sports. Addition of judo and sitting volleyball for women and football 5-a-side for men were included. The event was made possible through the help of 8,863 volunteers 
Opening and Closing Ceremony
Louise Sauvage lit the cauldron during the opening ceremonies for the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney. In 2004, Sauvage carried the Australian flag into the opening ceremony stadium at what was her 4th Paralympic games. She has a Sydney ferry, a street and a pathway named after her, as well as numerous school sport houses around Australia.
Swimmer Matthew Cowdrey, at 15 the youngest member of the squad and at his first Paralympic games won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals and finished the meet with two World & Paralympic Record times. His amazing achievements were recognised and was chosen to carry the Australia flag at the Closing Ceremony of the Games. He also received a Medal of the Order of Australia and Swimmer of the Year with a Disability for success at the games.
The 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney had the most comprehensive media coverage; and highest TV ratings ever experienced by a Paralympic Games for its time laying down the solid foundations for media surround the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Australia. The Athens Paralympics saw record media attendance which is thought be attributed to the introduction of 5-a-side Football. Australia was a part of a collective viewing audience of 1.852 billion people around the world.
There were 518 Medal events at the games. Australia brought home 101 medals, including a record 26 gold medals. The 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens were a precursor to the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. China dominated the medal count with more goal medals, more silver medals and more medals overall than any other nation. Australia had the second highest medal tally overall.
Australia represented in archery:
Women - Natalie Cordowiner
Australia's sole competitor did not win a medal.
Australia represented in athletics:
Men - Kieran Ault-Connell, Malcolm Bennett, Paul Benz, Damien Burroughs, Richard Colman, Roy Daniell, Don Elgin, Rodney Farr, Kurt Fearnley, Heath Francis, Neil Fuller, Benjamin Hall, Paul Harpur, Brian Harvey, Lachlan Jones, Nicholas Larionow, John Lindsay, Hamish MacDonald, Tim Matthews, Richard Nicholson, Paul Nunnari, Federic Periac, Russell Short, Timothy Sullivan, Darren Thrupp, Geoff Trappett, Bruce Wallrodt, Stephen Wilson, Mark Whitman (guide)
Women - Angie Ballard, Joanne Bradshaw, Gemma Buchholz, Christie Dawes, Louise Ellery, Amanda Fraser, Lara Hollow, Julie Iles, Lisa McIntosh, Louise Sauvage, Eliza Stankovic, Katrina Webb, Debbie Wendt, Jodi Willis, Amy Winters
Coaches - Scott Goodman (Head), Paul Angel, Richard Bednall, Andrew Dawes, Iryna Dvoskina, John Eden, Brett Jones, Gary Lees, Alison O'Riordan Officials - Andrew Faichney (Manager), Louise Mogg, Paul Rohwer, Greg Jones, Jodie Carey
Australia won 10 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze to finish second on the athletics medal tally. Leading athletes were Tim Sullivan (4 gold), Kurt Fearnley (2 gold) and Amy Winters (2 gold). Kurt Fearnley indomitable spirit by pushing his chair the last five kilometres of the marathon on a flat tyre to claim his gold medal 
Australia failed to win any medals 
Australia represented in cycling:
Men – Greg Ball, Anthony Biddle, Robert Crowe (Pilot), Peter Brooks, Peter Homann, Mark le Flohic, Kieran Modra, Andrew Panazzolo, Christopher Scott, David Short (Pilot), Kial Stewart (Pilot)
Women – Lindy Hou, Lyn Lepore, Janelle Lindsay (Pilot), Kelly McCombie (Pilot), Claire McLean, Jenny MacPherson (Pilot), Toireasa Ryan (Pilot), Janet Shaw
Coaches - Kevin McIntosh (Head), Darryl Benson, Andrew Budge Officials - Elsa Lepore (Manager), John Beer, Paul Lamond
Australia won 10 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze to be the leading nation on the cycling medal tally. Leading cyclists were Christopher Scott (3 gold), Greg Ball (2 gold) and Kieran Modra (2 gold).
Coaches - Gillian Rickard (Head), Anne Hall Officials - Sue Cusack (Manager), Judy Fyfe
Australia did not qualify for goalball
Australia represented in judo:
Men – Anthony Clarke Women – Desiree Allan
Coach - Trevor Kschammer (Head), Lara Sullivan
Coaches – Martin Leach (Coach), Michael Farrell
Darren Gardiner won a silver medal. He originally finished third but was awarded the silver medal after Habibollah Mousavi, gold medallist in +100 kg was disqualified after a positive doping test.
Coaches – Lachlan Gilbert (Head), Geoff Chambers
Coaches - Miroslav Sipek(Head), Hans Heiderman Officials - Michelle Fletcher (Manager), Craig Jarvis, Elizabeth Ziebarth
Australia represented in swimming:
Men – Ben Austin, Daniel Bell, Sam Bramham, Matthew Cowdrey, Dale Grant, Alex Harris, Alex Hadley, Matt Levy, Jeremy McClure, Ricardo Moffatti, Rick Pendleton, Kobie Scott, Alastair Smales, Rod Welsh
Women – Katerina Bailey, Sarah Bowen, Lichelle Clarke, Mandy Drennan, Marayke Jonkers, Kat Lewis, Hannah MacDougall, Katrina Porter, Sarah Rose, Dianne Saunders, Jessica Smith, Brooke Stockham, Prue Watt, Stacey Williams, Chantel Wolfenden
Coaches - Brendan Keogh (Head), John Beckworth, Peter Bishop, Graeme Carroll, Gwen Godfrey, Paul Simms Officials - Adam Luscombe (Manager), Zoe Young, Brendan Burkett,
Australia won 6 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze winning a total of 35 medals and finished 5th on the swimming total medals tally and 11th on the gold medal tally.
Matthew Cowdrey, in his first Paralympic Swim Team appearance, was Australia's best performing swimmer winning 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Prue Watt won five silver and 2 bronze medals.
Australia represented in wheelchair basketball:
Men – Brendan Dowler, Justin Eveson, Andrew Flavel, Adrian King, Tristan Knowles, Campbell Message, Grant Mizens, Brad Ness, Shaun Norris, Troy Sachs, David Selby, Daryl Taylor
Coaches - Bernard Treseder (Head), Alan Cox, Craig Friday Officials - Kelvin Browner
Coaches – Gerry Hewson, Darryl Durham Officials - Sonia Healy (Manager), Michael Dowling
Australia represented in wheelchair rugby:
Men - Bryce Alman, Ryley Batt, Grant Boxall, Brett Boylan, Brad Dubberley, Nazim Erdem, George Hucks, George Kersnovske, Steve Porter, Patrick Ryan, Ryan Scott, Scott Vitale
Coaches - Terry Vinyard (Head), Glenn Stephens Officials - Kim Ellwood (Manager), Robert Doidge, Maria Spiller
Coaches - Greg Crump (Head) Officials - Sallee Trewin (Manager)
Australian does not have a 5-a-side football team 
Headquarters staff - Paul Bird (Chef de Mission), Ken Brown (Assistant Chef de Mission), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission), Doug Denby (Assistant Chef de Mission), Jason Hellwig (Director of Operations), Natalie Jenkins (Sports Administration Officer), Jacqui Knife (Sports Administration Officer), Richard Mathews (Attache), Stephen Mathews (Manager Security), Tony Naar (Manager Sport), Graeme Watts
Sports Medicine and Sports Science - Syd Bourke (Director Medical), John Camens, Lily Chiu, Liz Cloughessy (Medical Coordinator), Kieran Cusack, Maria Di Michele, Mick Jordan, David Lee, Murray Lydeamore (Welfare Coordinator), Mark MacDonald, Ingrid McKay, Claire Nichols, David Spurrier, Greg Ungerer, Luke Vladich
Media - Graham Cassidy, Katie Hodge, Margaret McDonald, David Lutteral
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