Talk:Michael Alston

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The guy passes WP:GNG. The following is copy and pasted from Newsbank:

Dying for attention -- Disabled forced to wait too long for equipment Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - December 18, 2008 Length: 372 words (Estimated printed pages: 2) WAITING times for disability equipment are so long that people have literally died on the list, a damning report of NSW Health has found. Hospitals are clogged with people forced to seek medical treatment that the right gear would have avoided. Orthotics, pressure cushions, chairs and bathing aids worth as little as $55 are on the Program of Appliances for Disabled People list. Liberal MLC Robyn Parker, chair of a parliamentary inquiry into the program, slammed the ``staggering lack... 2. LETTERS Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - June 30, 2005 Length: 2001 words (Estimated printed pages: 7) Howard's reforms will end in disaster John Howard's industrial relations policy will do for the ALP what Oliver Cromwell did for the British monarchy. It was the genius of Howard to convince a large slice of the working class to vote Liberal. It is his hubris that, like Margaret Thatcher with the British Conservatives, he will make his party unelectable for at least a generation at any level of politics. I predicted and read the Northern... 3. $1.5m for lives of four miners - Companies, staff fined over deaths at Gretley Colliery Newcastle Herald (Australia) - March 12, 2005 Length: 556 words (Estimated printed pages: 3) TWO Hunter coal mining companies have been fined a record $1.46 million for the deaths of four workers in the Gretley Colliery disaster more than eight years ago. The NSW Industrial Relations Commission handed down yesterday what is believed to be the state's biggest fine for safety breaches by a mining company. Three mine managers were also fined a total of $102,000 for their parts in the mine tragedy.. But the matter is set to drag on for the... 4. MEAN STREETS: DAY OF CRIME Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - April 15, 2002 Length: 1480 words (Estimated printed pages: 6) The death of Constable Glenn McEnallay showed the risk our police face every time they are called out. Here The Daily Telegraph reveals Friday's 24-hour work log. On-duty police encountered violent domestics, armed hold-ups, brawls, vehicle accidents, psychiatric patients and vandals - all part of a day's work. 12.02am:'Assault, Surry Hills. Ambulance called. 12.04am: Break and enter, Seven Hills. 12.05am: Domestic,... 5. Kopiec chases top job Penrith Press (Sydney, Australia) - November 24, 2000 Length: 360 words (Estimated printed pages: 2) AUSTRALIA'S Paralympic fencing head coach Sally Kopiec has put her hand up for the job in Athens. Kopiec, who lives in Valley Heights, has seen signs of an awakening in the sport in Australia even though Australia could only find two fencers who were good enough to compete in the greatest Paralympic Games ever held. Kopiec pointed out that Australia's best could only obtain a ranking in the the top 30 four years ago, whereas the nation now had two fencers,... 6. Foiled by French sabre Parramatta Advertiser (Sydney, Australia) - October 25, 2000 Length: 230 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) A LOSS in the foil fired up fencer Michael Alston to give his all in the sabre and finish with a respectable result among the top 16 competitors in his classification. The 22-year-old from Ermington was one of only two Australian fencers and certainly did his country proud in category A. Foil is not Alston's speciality but he has recorded some promising results in the past. Unfortunately he bowed out of the competition early last Friday. ``I didn't... 7. Quotes of the week Parramatta Advertiser (Sydney, Australia) - October 25, 2000 Length: 119 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) THERE is a shortage of vollies everywhere. There are too many areas that need help. -- Dianne Cheong, Holroyd Volunteer Link co-ordinator and recruiter WE spent a lot of time at the New Children's Hospital when my daughter was born prematurely. Today is an honour and I am a very lucky man. -- Jimmy Barnes, who carried the Paralympic torchthrough Parramatta Park THE Commonwealth Bank spent about $2500 cleaning it up. This graffiti was back again within four days. These... 8. Alston's sabre proves his point Courier Mail, The (Brisbane, Australia) - October 23, 2000 Length: 123 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) SMART tactics lifted Sydneysider Michael Alston into the final round of 16 in the sabre fencing competition in Category A at the Paralympic Games yesterday. Alston made up for a disappointing showing in Friday's foil to qualify for the final elimination rounds by beating higher-ranked Briton Jack Bradley 5-4 in the best win of his career. The 22-year-old, who has spina bifida, scored highly in his three preliminary losses to finish 12th. Alston, ranked 18th in the world,... 9. Alston is very sharp - FENCING - Sydney 2000 Paralympics Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - October 23, 2000 Length: 183 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) SMART tactics lifted Sydneysider Michael Alston into the round of 16 in the fencing sabre competition in Category A at the Paralympic Games yesterday. Alston made up for a disappointing showing in Friday's foil to qualify for the final elimination rounds by defeating higher-ranked Briton Jack Bradley 5-4 in the best win of his career. The 22-year-old, who has spina bifida, scored highly in his three preliminary losses to finish 12th. Alston, who is ranked 18th in... 10. PARALYMPIC GAMES DAY 3 Goodwin foiled Advertiser, The (Adelaide, Australia) - October 21, 2000 Length: 129 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) SOUTH AUSTRALIAN business executive Robert Goodwin was beaten 8-15 by Poland's Piotr Czop yesterday in the fencing quarter-finals. Goodwin, who became a paraplegic in a 1983 car accident, won one match and lost four, including two 4-5 tussles, in the preliminary round-robin matches of Category B's foil competition to progress to the elimination rounds. He finished 14th after the preliminary matches which gave him the tough draw against third-placed finisher…

PARALYMPICS DAY 3 Goodwin foiled Advertiser, The (Adelaide, Australia) - October 21, 2000 Length: 131 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) SOUTH AUSTRALIAN business executive Robert Goodwin was beaten 8-15 by Poland's Piotr Czop yesterday in the fencing quarter-finals. Goodwin, who became a paraplegic in a 1983 car accident, won one match and lost four, including two 4-5 tussles, in the preliminary round-robin matches of Category B's foil competition to progress to the elimination rounds. He finished 14th after the preliminary matches which gave him the tough draw against third-placed finisher... 12. HOW THE AUSTRALIANS FARED / MEDAL TABLE - PARALYMPICS 2000 Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) - October 21, 2000 Length: 452 words (Estimated printed pages: 3) HOW THE AUSTRALIANS FARED ATHLETICS - MEN 200m T52 Semi-final: Lachlan Jones DSQ 400m T53 Semi-final: John Lindsay DSQ 400m T54 Qualifying Rounds: Kurt Fearnley 3rd, qualified for final 800m T38 Semi-final: Adrian Grogan 6th, eliminated 800m T36 Semi-final: Russell Billingham 5th, eliminated 800m T51 Semi-final: Fabian Blattman 1st, qualified for final 800m T52 Semi-final: Greg Smith 1st, qualified for final. Lachlan Jones DNS. 10,000m T11 Final: Gerrard Gosens 6th High Jump... 13. Polished Pole too good in quarters Courier Mail, The (Brisbane, Australia) - October 21, 2000 Length: 195 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) SOUTH Australian business executive Robert Goodwin was beaten 15-8 by Poland's Piotr Czop in the fencing quarter-finals yesterday. Goodwin, who became a paraplegic in a 1983 car accident, won one match and lost four, including two 4-5 tussles, in the preliminary round robin matches of category B's foil competition to progress to the elimination rounds. He finished 14th after the preliminary matches which gave him the tough draw against third-placed finisher... 14. Goodwin foiled by a tough draw - Sydney 2000 Paralympics Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - October 21, 2000 Length: 332 words (Estimated printed pages: 2) FENCING SOUTH AUSTRALIAN business executive Robert Goodwin was beaten 15-8 by Poland's Piotr Czop in the fencing quarter-finals yesterday. Goodwin, who became a paraplegic in a 1983 car accident, won one match and lost four, including two 4-5 tussles, in the preliminary round robin matches of Category B's foil competition to reach the elimination rounds. He finished 14th after the preliminaries which gave him a tough draw against third-placed... 15. Swift skirmishes scupper Alston's ambitions but, en guarde, he'll be back - FENCING Paralympics Sydney Morning Herald, The (Australia) - October 21, 2000 Length: 447 words (Estimated printed pages: 3) Don't blink during the Paralympic fencing prelimin-aries. Some of the individual men's foil bouts were finished in less than 10 seconds yesterday as competitors fought to secure the winning five touches. Formatted in a round-robin style, athletes had to fence fast in order to qualify for the direct elimination rounds. Results from the preliminary pools determined who advanced and how the athletes were seeded in the direct elimination competition. The direct... 16. Libby simply outgunned Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - October 20, 2000 Length: 184 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) AUSTRALIAN wheelchair shooter Libby Kosmala's hopes of taking Australia's first Paralympic shooting gold were dashed yesterday when the 58-year-old South Australian bowed out of the women's standing air rifle in sixth place. Setting a new world and Paralympic record, South Korea's Kim Im-Youn took the gold, out-gunning her closest rival by seven points across the 10m indoor range. Nine-time Paralympic gold medallist Kosmala was... 17. The seven-year itch finally over Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - October 20, 2000 Length: 263 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) MICHAEL Alston could not feel more at home at the Paralympics. But the thought of fencing in front of any spectators, let alone a near-capacity home crowd sends shivers down his spine. Alston, 22, has practised for seven years in his Homebush backyard, just 500 metres away, picturing the day when he takes on the world's best across the river, in Olympic Park. That day has almost arrived and Alston is savouring every second. ``It's going to be... 18. Bladerunner is ready Parramatta Advertiser (Sydney, Australia) - October 18, 2000 Length: 296 words (Estimated printed pages: 1) FENCING may be Michael Alston's chosen discipline but there isn't much that this athlete can't do. Alston, from Ermington, has spina bifida. He began his sporting career as a track-and-field athlete and even dabbled in basketball before fencing found him. ``I went to a come-and-try day where there was a fencing demonstration and a dual Paralympian said I had an aptitude for it, Alston said. ``I did try it and... 19. Just a minute! / The Funday Games Countdown - 7 weeks to go Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - July 30, 2000 Length: 308 words (Estimated printed pages: 2) NSW dominates Paralympics team ATHLETES from NSW dominated the selections for the Australian Paralympic team, which was named last week. Eighty-nine of the 244 members are from NSW, including the team's youngest member, 14-year-old swimmer Kirra O'Cass from Bensville. Field athlete Terry Giddy, 50, from Kempsey in NSW, is the most experienced male competitor on the team. This is the sixth time he has been selected to represent Australia at... 20. Australian Paralympic team Australian, The (Australia) - July 28, 2000 Length: 783 words (Estimated printed pages: 3) ARCHERY Arthur Fisk (NSW), John Marshall (NSW), Tony Marturano (NSW). ATHLETICS: Shayne Allen (NSW), Kieran Ault (VIC), Fabian Blattman (NSW), Joanne Bradshaw (VIC), Roy Daniell O'Conner (ACT), Mark Davies (NT), John Eden (VIC), Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Heath Francis (NSW), Neil Fuller (SA), Terry Giddy (NSW), Holly Ladmore (ACT), John Lindsay (VIC), John MacLean (NSW), Tim Matthews (VIC), Andrew Newell (NSW), Paul Nunnari (NSW), Alison Quinn (NSW), Louise Sauvage (NSW), Russell… AUSTRALIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM Sydney 2000 October 18-29 Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) - July 28, 2000 Length: 777 words (Estimated printed pages: 3) ARCHERY Arthur Fisk (NSW), John Marshall (NSW), Tony Marturano (NSW). ATHLETICS: Shayne Allen (NSW), Kieran Ault (VIC), Fabian Blattman (NSW), Joanne Bradshaw (VIC), Roy Daniell O'Conner (ACT), Mark Davies (NT), John Eden (VIC), Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Heath Francis (NSW), Neil Fuller (SA), Terry Giddy (NSW), Holly Ladmore (ACT), John Lindsay (VIC), John MacLean (NSW), Tim Matthews (VIC), Andrew Newell (NSW), Paul Nunnari (NSW), Alison Quinn (NSW), Louise Sauvage (NSW), Russell... 22. AUSTRALIAN PARALYMPIANS Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, Australia) - July 28, 2000 Length: 784 words (Estimated printed pages: 4) Australian team for the 2000 Paralympics: ARCHERY: Arthur Fisk (NSW), John Marshall (NSW), Tony Marturano (NSW). ATHLETICS: Shayne Allen (NSW), Kieran Ault (VIC), Fabian Blattman (NSW), Joanne Bradshaw (VIC), Roy Daniell O'Conner (ACT), Mark Davies (NT), John Eden (VIC), Kurt Fearnley (NSW), Heath Francis (NSW), Neil Fuller (SA), Terry Giddy (NSW), Holly Ladmore (ACT), John Lindsay (VIC), John MacLean (NSW), Tim Matthews (VIC), Andrew Newell (NSW), Paul Nunnari (NSW),… --LauraHale (talk) 22:26, 5 February 2012 (UTC)

Only a few of those sources actually mention him. Do a text search for his name within the Newsbank text. There might be *just* enough in those sources to create a half-decent Wikipedia article ... and perhaps he's notable for being one of a handful of Australian Paralympic fencers. Graham87 01:55, 6 February 2012 (UTC)