Australia at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Australia at the
2008 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Australia.svg
IPC code AUS
NPC Australian Paralympic Committee
Website www.paralympic.org.au
in Beijing
Competitors 167 in 13 sports
Flag bearer Russell Short (Opening)
Matthew Cowdrey (Closing)
Medals
Ranked 5th
Gold Silver Bronze Total
23 29 27 79
Officials 122
Summer Paralympics appearances (overview)

Australia sent a delegation to compete at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. The country sent 167 (95 male and 72 female) athletes in 13 sports (out of 20) and 122 officials.[1] It was the country's largest ever Paralympic delegation to an away Games.[2] The delegation's chef de mission was Darren Peters.[3]

Australian team enters the stadium at the opening ceremony
Australian team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics opening ceremony

Australia won 23 gold, 29 silver and 27 bronze medals. It finished fourth on the total medal tally and fifth on the gold medal tally. Major sporting achievements for the Australian team included:

Medalists[edit]

[1]

Events[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Representing Australia in athletics:
Men – Zac Ashkanasy (Guide runner), Jonathan Bernard, Damien Bowen, Matthew Cameron, Aaron Chatman, Richard Colman, Roy Daniell, Rodney Farr, Kurt Fearnley, Dennis Fitzgerald (Guide runner), Heath Francis, Gerrard Gosens, Greg Hibberd, Bruce Jones (Guide runner), Hamish MacDonald, Wade McMahon, Christopher Mullins, Richard Nicholson, Evan O'Hanlon, Paul Pearce (Guide runner), Paul Raison, Michael Roeger, Brad Scott, Russell Short, Ian Speed, Tim Sullivan, Christopher Tagg (Guide runner), Darren Thrupp, Julien Wicks (Guide runner), Stephen Wilson
WomenAngela Ballard, Carlee Beattie, Jennifer Bryce, Gemma Buchholz, Kelly Cartwright, Christie Dawes, Madison de Rozario, Louise Ellery, Amanda Fraser, Jessica Gallagher, Courtney Harbeck, Madeleine Hogan, Kirrilee McPherson, Lisa McIntosh, Brydee Moore, Jemima Moore, Katy Parrish, Kath Proudfoot, Tahlia Rotumah, Charlotte Saville, Julie Smith, Noni Thompson, Jodi Willis-Roberts, and Christine Wolf
CoachesScott Goodman (Head Coach), Alison O'Riordan, Andrew Dawes, Brett Jones, Louise Sauvage, Iryna Dvoskina, John Minns, John Eden, Alan Makin, Louise Sauvage, Cathy Raha-Lambert Officials – Gary Lees (Section Manager), Louise Mogg (Section Manager),Andrew Carter, Rowena Toppenberg, Sian Pugh, Mick Jordan, Phil Power, Steve Butler, Stephanie Martin, Jessica Gallagher

A medal won by O'Hanlon at the 2008 Summer Paralympics on display at the Australian Institute of Sport

Jodi Willis-Roberts, Russell Short, and Darren Thrupp competed at their sixth Paralympics. Jessica Gallagher was selected in the team but was classified ineligible to compete. She attended the Games as a member of staff.[1]

Australia won 10 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze medals. Australian athletes set six world records, a further three Paralympic records and 16 Australian records during the Games.[1] Heath Francis and Evan O'Hanlon won three gold medals.[1][4]

Cycling[edit]

Representing Australia in cycling:
MenGreg Ball, Ben Demery, Michael Gallagher, Steven George (Pilot), Shaun Hopkins (Pilot), Tyson Lawrence (Pilot), Mark Le Flohic, Bryce Lindores, Michael Milton, Kieran Modra, Christopher Scott
Women – Jane Armstrong, Toireasa Gallagher (Pilot), Lindy Hou, Felicity Johnson, Melissa Leckie, Jayme Paris, Katie Parker (Pilot)
Coaches – James Victor (Head Coach), Tom Skulander, Paul Martens Officials – Mark Fulcher (Section Manager), Brett Hidson, Anouska Edwards, Alan Downes, Mark Bullen, Stuart Smith, Murray Lydeamore.[1][4]

Included on the Australian team was Michael Milton, a four-time gold medalist as a skier in the Winter Paralympics.[5] Mark le Flohic, gold medalist at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Paralympics, was to take part in the Beijing Games but had to pull out due to injury. Le Flohic broke his collar bone during training one week before the Games were to begin.[6]

Australia won 3 gold, 5 and 7 bronze medals.

Equestrian[edit]

Representing Australia in equestrian:
WomenGrace Bowman, Georgia Bruce, Sharon Jarvis, Nicole Kullen, Jan Pike Coaches – Mary Longden (Head Coach),David Bowman, Sally Francis Officials – Ken Dagley (Section Manager), Doug Denby, Nicola Reynoldson, Michelle Goodrick, Judy Fyfe, Margaret Keyes, Emma Bardot, Ebony Tucker, Terrina Fairbrother, Liz Wright-Smith, Chris Elliott, Carolyn Lieutenant.[1][4]

Australia won 2 bronze medals through Georgia Bruce's performances. The competition was held in Hong Kong.

Judo[edit]

Representing Australia in judo:
Men - Anthony Clarke [4]

Powerlifting[edit]

Representing Australia in powerlifting:
MenDarren Gardiner, Abebe Fekadu WomenDeahnne McIntyre CoachesRay Epstein (Head Coach), Bill Nancarrow[1][4]

Australia won a silver medal with Darren Gardiner repeating his medal success from the Athens Games.

Rowing[edit]

Representing Australia in rowing: Single scull – Dominic Monypenny, Double scull – John Maclean, Kathryn Ross Coaches – Peter Albisser (Head Coach), Rik Bryan Officials – Adam Horner (Section Manager)[1][4]

Rowing made its debut at the Beijing Games and Australia competed in two of the four events and won a silver medal in the double scull.

Sailing[edit]

Representing Australia in sailing: TeamsRussell Boaden, Colin Harrison, Graeme Martin – 3-person keelboat Sonar ; Daniel Fitzgibbon, Rachel Cox – 2-person keelboat SKUD 18 ; 2.4mR (single-handed) – Aaron Hill Coaches – Greg Omay (Head Coach), Adrian Finglas Officials – Sarina Macpherson (Section Manager), Linnea Korssell, Sue Crafer, Geoff Milligan, Timothy Lowe[1][4]

Three of the team made their Paralympic debut. Australia won a silver and bronze medal.

Shooting[edit]

Representing Australia in shooting:
MenAshley Adams, Sebastian Hume, Jason Maroney
WomenLibby Kosmala Coaches – Miroslav Sipek (Head Coach), Michelle Fletcher Officials – Nick Sullivan (Section Manager), Anne Bugden[1][4]

Libby Kosmala competed at her tenth Paralympics. Australia did not win a medal. Australian shooters narrowly missed medals by finishing 4th twice.

Swimming[edit]

Representing Australia in swimming.
MenMichael Anderson, Ben Austin, Daniel Bell, Sam Bramham, Blake Cochrane, Matthew Cowdrey, Jay Dohnt, Alex Hadley, Brenden Hall, Peter Leek, Matt Levy, Jeremy McClure, Ricardo Moffatti, Stephen Osborne, Andrew Pasterfield, Rick Pendleton, Jeremy Tidy
WomenSarah Bowen, Ellie Cole, Amanda Drennan, Jacqui Freney, Samantha Gandolfo, Marayke Jonkers, Katrina Lewis, Sian Lucas, Hannah MacDougall, Tarryn McGaw, Rhiannon Oliver, Esther Overton, Katrina Porter, Shelley Rogers, Sarah Rose, Teigan Van Roosmalen, Prue Watt, Annabelle Williams
Coaches – Brendan Keogh (Head Coach), Graeme Carroll, Jackie Barck, Amanda Isaac, Jo Love, Rob Moon, Mel Tantrum Officials – Melanie Jenkins (Section Manager), Jon O'Neill-Shaw, Sandra Eccles, Claire Nichols, Brendan Burkett, Sacha Fulton, Penny Will, Vaughan Nicholson[1][4]

There were eight men and eleven women making their Paralympic debut. Australia won 9 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals placing it sixth on the swimming medal tally. It was Australia's most successful sport at the Games. Matthew Cowdrey (5 gold and 3 silver) and Peter Leek (3 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze) were the standout swimmers.

Table Tennis[edit]

Representing Australia in table tennis:
WomenRebecca Julian, Sarah Lazzaro, Cathy Morrow Coach – Brian Berry (Head Coach) Official – Barbara Talbot (Section Manager) . Catherine Morrow was selected but withdrew from the team.[1][4]

Australia did not win any medals.

Wheelchair Basketball[edit]

Men's tournament[edit]

Australian men's team known as the 'Rollers' won the gold medal defeating Canada 72–60 in the final

Team roster

Dylan Alcott, Brendan Dowler, Justin Eveson, Michael Hartnett, Adrian King, Tristan Knowles, Grant Mizens, Brad Ness, Shaun Norris, Troy Sachs, Tige Simmons, Brett Stibners
CoachesBen Ettridge (Head Coach), Craig Friday Officials – Kelvin Browner (section Manager), Ian Lowther

Group B Matches

7 September 2008
16:15
Australia  73–72  Brazil


8 September 2008
20:45
Great Britain  48–67  Australia

9 September 2008
11:30
Australia  79–44  China

10 September 2008
15:30
Australia  66–59  Israel

11 September 2008
20:45
United States  68–61  Australia
Scoring by quarter: 24-20, 18-16, 9-21, 17-4
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 9780
Referees: Juan Manuel Urunuela (ESP)

Group B Standings


Team
Pts Pld W L PF PA PD
 Australia 9 5 4 1 346 291 55
 United States 9 5 4 1 378 247 131
 Great Britain 9 5 4 1 334 271 63
 Israel 7 5 2 3 332 325 7
 Brazil 6 5 1 4 291 348 -57
 China 5 5 0 5 203 402 -199

Quarter finals


13 September 2008
13:30
Australia  72–52  Japan
Scoring by quarter: 21-15, 17-15, 19-13, 15-9
Pts: Brad Ness 18
Rebs: Brad Ness 14
Asts: Shaun Norris 4
Pts: Kazuyuki Kyoya, Tetsuya Miyajima 9
Rebs: Akimasa Suzuki, Shingo Fujii 6
Asts: Hiroaki Kozai 3
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 12000
Referees: Edwin Frank Wallaart (NED)

Semi finals


14 September 2008
19:00
 Great Britain 54–67 Australia 
Scoring by quarter: 6-19, 14-17, 13-18, 21-13
Pts: Jon Pollock 18
Rebs: Simon Munn 11
Asts: Jon Pollock 3
Pts: Justin Eveson 22
Rebs: Brad Ness 11
Asts: Justin Eveson 2
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 12000
Referees: Juan Manuel Urunuela (ESP)


Gold medal game


16 September 2008
19:30
Canada  60–72  Australia
Scoring by quarter: 17-16, 15-12, 15-26, 13-18
Pts: Patrick Anderson 22
Rebs: Patrick Anderson, Joey Johnson 12
Asts: Patrick Anderson 6
Pts: Troy Sachs 19
Rebs: Troy Sachs, Justin Eveson 7
Asts: Brad Ness 8
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 12000
Referees: Edwin Frank Wallaart (NED)

Women's tournament[edit]

The women's team known as the 'Gliders' won the bronze medal defeating Japan in the playoff.[1][4]

Team roster

Clare Burzynski, Shelley Chaplin, Cobi Crispin, Melanie Domaschenz, Kylie Gauci, Melanie Hall, Katie Hill, Bridie Kean, Tina McKenzie, Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy, Sarah Stewart, Liesl Tesch CoachesGerry Hewson (Head Coach), Mark Hewish Officials – Sonia Healy (Section Manager), Emma Whiteside.[1][4]

Group A Standings'


7 September 2008
10:00
Australia  59–30  Great Britain
Scoring by quarter: 24-2, 6-11, 18-4, 11-13
Pts: Cobi Crispin 16
Rebs: Cobi Crispin 8
Asts: Liesl Tesch 4
Pts: Sally Wager, Clare Strange 5
Rebs: Helen Freeman 7
Asts: Helen Freeman, Clare Strange 3
USTB Gymnasium, Beijing
Attendance: 2140
Referees: Bill Kuerzi (USA)

8 September 2008
13:30
Brazil  30–66  Australia

9 September 2008
15:30
Australia  42–61  United States

10 September 2008
18:30
Germany  64–56  Australia

Group A Table

Rank Team Pld W L PF:PA Pts
1  United States 4 4 0 227:149 8
2  Germany 4 3 1 214:174 7
3  Australia 4 2 2 223:185 6
4  Great Britain 4 1 3 166:194 5
5  Brazil 4 0 4 129:257 4

Quarter-finals


12 September 2008
21:15
Canada  49–53  Australia
Scoring by quarter: 10-14, 17-14, 10-12, 12-13
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 12215
Referees: Juan Manuel Urunuela (ESP)

Semi-finals

13 September 2008
19:00
United States  60–47  Australia
Scoring by quarter: 12-15, 12-7, 14-18, 22-7
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 12000
Referees: Andre Bosveld (NED)

Bronze medal game


15 September 2008
19:00
Australia  53–47  Japan
Scoring by quarter: 17-10, 14-13, 12-13, 10-11
National Indoor Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 12000
Referees: Rui David Marques (BRA)

Wheelchair Rugby[edit]

Representing Australia in wheelchair rugby:
MenBryce Alman, Ryley Batt, Grant Boxall, Shane Brand, Cameron Carr, Nazim Erdem, George Hucks, Steve Porter, Ryan Scott, Greg Smith, Scott Vitale CoachBrad Dubberley (Head Coach) Officials – Kim Ellwood (Section Manager), Rob Doidge, Noni Shelton, Angela Mansell[1][4]

Three of the team made their Paralympic debut and Steve Porter attended his fourth Games. The Australian team known as the 'Steelers' won the silver medal losing to the United States 53–44 in the final.

Group B Standing and Results

Group B
Rank Team Pld W L PF:PA Pts   AUS GBR NZL GER
1  Australia (AUS) 3 3 0 129:111 6 x 43:37 39:38 47:36
2  Great Britain (GBR) 3 2 1 115:116 5 37:43 x 39:38 39:35
3  New Zealand (NZL) 3 1 2 116:109 4 38:39 38:39 x 40:31
4  Germany (GER) 3 0 3 102:126 3 36:47 35:39 31:40 x
     Qualified for quarterfinals
     Eliminated

Source: Paralympic.org [7]

Medal round[edit]

Semifinals Gold medal match
15 September 2008 - 18:00
  United States  35  
  Great Britain  32  
 
16 September 2008 - 20:00
      United States  53
    Australia  44
Bronze medal match
15 September 2008 - 20:00 16 September 2008 - 18:00
  Australia  41   Great Britain  41
  Canada  40     Canada  47

Source: Paralympic.org [7]

Wheelchair Tennis[edit]

Representing Australia in wheelchair tennis:
Men – Michael Dobbie, Ben Weekes WomenDaniela Di Toro CoachGreg Crump (Head Coach) Officials – Geoff Quinlan (Section Manager)[1][4]

Daniela Di Toro competed at her fourth Games. Australia did not win a medal as no athletes progressed past the first round.

Administration[edit]

Athletes and coaches were supported by administrative and sports medicine and science staff. Administrative staffDarren Peters (Chef de Mission), Nick Dean (Deputy Chef de Mission), Paul Bird (Chef de Mission), Alison Keys, Jason Hellwig (General Manager), Steve Loader, Michael Hartung, Natalie Jenkins, Caroline Walker, Chris Nunn (Performance Consultant), Jenni Cole, Tony Naar (Chief Information Manager), Graham Cassidy (Media Manager), Margie McDonald, Jordan Baker, Karen Michelmore
Sports medicine and science staff – Larissa Trease, Alison Campbell (Medical Coordinator), Geoff Thompson, Ruben Branson, Sally Heads, John Camens, David Spurrier, Lily Chiu, Richard Bennett, Gary Slater, Jo Vaile[1][4]

Media coverage[edit]

In Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation provided television coverage of the Games. The Australian Paralympic Committee reported that there was a 65 per cent increase in Australian media coverage of the Games compared to the 2004 Games.[1] Australian athlete Gerrard Gosens commented on the television coverage "When I look back to 1996 and the coverage that was there, it was very minimal. Today when you're looking at over 100 hours of ABC television coverage, that really has brought inspiration not only to many Australians, but in particular people who do have a physical disability and looking at the opportunities, not necessarily the obstacles of sport."[8]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee. 2007–2008. Retrieved 13 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Murdoch, Alex (5 September 2008). "Beijing Paralympics lose friendly tone in gold hunt". The Courier-Mail. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Missing chair provides Paralympic scare". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Media Guide Beijing 2008 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008. 
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Peter (2 September 2008). "Security's not peachy keen, but cycling hope Milton is". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  6. ^ "Dual gold medallist withdraws from Paralympics". ABC News. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Beijing 2008 Paralympic Game, Wheelchair rugby". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. 2008. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Paralympics coverage encouraging: Gosens". Australian Broadcasting Corporation News. 21 September 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2012.