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17th July 2014


Wheelchair Basketball NZ Inc North Island Championships

The Canterbury Wheelchair Basketball team competed in Wellington at the National Championships on 5 -6 July. The Canterbury team had some tough competition first up with Otago, Taranaki and Wellington, but the team won all of these games. Next up was Auckland to play, which they lost 55 to 40 in the round robin, so they did play them again in the final. The final was a tough game and unfortunately the Canterbury team went down to Auckland, but well done to the Canterbury team for great competition.  

Wheelchair Rugby Nationals

The Wheelchair Rugby Nationals were held in Auckland on 11 to 13 July with teams from Australia also coming over to compete. On the Friday evening there was a outstanding performance by the Wheel Blacks to beat the Australia team by 58 to 55. Congratulations to Wheel Blacks and here are the results from Tournament:


1)Australia Gold
2)Australia Green
3)Auckland Blue-NZ Champions
4)Auckland White
5)Waikato
6)Canterbury

Best in Class went to,
0.5 Naz
1.0 Jai Waite
1.5 Richard Voris
2.0 Sholto
2.5 Maiz Amai
3.0 Dan Buckingham
3.5 Chris Bond

MVP- Cameron Leslie
MIP- Jayden
Tournament Rookie-Hayden Barton Cootes


2014 IPC Shooting World Championships

Good luck to Canterbury Grant Philip competing at Suhi IPC Shooting World Champs on 19th July. Currently the NZ Para-Shooting Team have had a great first day training at a local training range followed by a great tour of the town of Suhl from Local Organising Committee Volunteer Wolfgang. The team are settling in well and looking forward to some more training days ahead of the Competition.The NZ team will compete in:  Michael Johnson (R9, R4, R5), Grant Philip (R4 & R5), Greg Reid (R3 & R6). Results can be found by clicking here.














IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Champs

Good Luck to the New Zealand Wheel Blacks in Denmark at the IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Champs and hopefully Canterbury's own Sholto Taylor has a great tournament. If you want to keep up with the tournament please click here for the information


Australia Powerchair Football Nationals

Good Luck to Canterbury Boltz team heading to Australia for the Powerchair Football Nationals on 1st to 10th August. The team has been training hard for this tournament and with some players having a strike force chair this will be a huge advantage. These chairs are specifically made for the game and are better than normal day chairs. Good luck to the Team.


















1st July 2014

Congratulation to Anthea Dixon has been named in New Zealand team  

Canterbury Paralympian Anthea Dixon has been named in the New Zealand team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games next month. The 32-year-old, New Zealand’s first ever para dressage rider at WEG, will compete in grade two aboard Doncartier (owned by Bella Robson) at the event, which is being held in France.


Since the London Paralympics, she has been commuting between New Zealand and Germany to train with Hayley Berresford, practice and compete on her Aussie-owned horse. Dixon is hugely excited. “It is a relief to be finally named,” she says. “Since London it has been a big commitment to get to WEG, but it is the opportunity of a lifetime to have a chance to do so.”

Dixon says without the support of her husband Aaron, her family, and employer Courier Post, she would not be able to do it. “I am just thrilled for Bella and Hayley. Just to make the team makes it all worthwhile, but then there has been the enormous improvement in my riding and understanding since London.”

Dixon, a paraplegic after a horse accident in 2006, has won numerous national awards for her para dressage, and has previously also competed in Australia for New Zealand.

She expects her main competition in France will come from the British, German and Dutch riders . . . but she has high expectations for herself too. Dixon and Don have been competing against most she will face at WEG, and she says they have been not too far off the mark.

“We have been tapping them on the shoulder,” she says. “It is a big step up, but it is possible. Don is definitely more than capable of it, but everything has to go right on the day.”

A personal best score at WEG would see her in the top five. “That would be awesome . . . but higher than that would be even better!”

Equestrian Sports New Zealand high performance director Sarah Harris calls Dixon, who is ranked 13th in the para dressage world rider rankings and third in grade two, a “talented rider for the future of the sport”.

“Anthea’s dedication to achieve success internationally has been rewarded,” said Harris.  Following London, a detailed Individual Performance Programme was put in place to ensure Dixon will be best-placed for a strong performance at WEG.

“I believe strong IPPs to drive performance with international experience will assist us in closing the gap to the podium,” says Harris. “It is difficult for New Zealand combinations to stay connected and competitive in a discipline that is constantly tracking upwards on the world stage.”

It is just the second time para-dressage has been included at WEG the first being at Kentucky in 2010.

© Diana Dobson – HP Media Liaison



Australia Cup 2 Shooting results


Congratulations to Michael (Auckland) and our very own Grant Philip

Australia Cup 2 Brisbane - R4 SH2 winners: 1st Michael Johnson, 2nd - Grant Philip, 3rd - Luke Cain. Congrats!!






















Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup


Congratulations to Australia on winning the 2014 Canada Cup Championship.

The final tournament standings are as follows:

 

1. Australia

2. Canada

3. Japan

4. Great Britain

5. Denmark

6. Sweden

7. New Zealand

8. Switzerland


It was a tough competition over in Canada for the New Zealand team and were a little unlucky in the end. Well done to all the New Zealand team over their.

 

Full game results from the 2014 International Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup  click here


Wheelchair Rugby WRC 2   


Waikato came within three goals of etching their name onto the Martin Shield for the first time ever, only for the powerhouse of Auckland Blue to deny them 49-47 in Christchurch.

Despite leading through the early and middle stages of the game, Waikato couldn't hold on as the patience, and fitness, of Auckland shone through in the final of the Wheelchair Rugby Championship.


Lead by 'The Brain' Tim Johnson – who was proven to be the head on the snake when Dan Buckingham decided to attack the wrong way and was called for a back-over, and then proceeded to defend the wrong key – and Dan's hands, Auckland's all-round ability was what got them through last weekend (June 7-8).


Tim and Dan were ably supported by Canada Cup, and World Championship, selected 1.0 Phil Spring, former Wheel Black Gary McMurray, Marty Payne, and Willy 'Tinder King' Harris.


Waikato players Robbie 'Rhonda' Hewitt, Cameron Leslie, Peter 'Poppa' Martin, Dave Klinkhammer, Rob Vernon, and Chris Moore performed above their potential in making the final – and going within two points.


Auckland's win continues the tradition that only Canterbury and Auckland teams have won the Martin Shield.


In the play-off for third and fourth, Auckland Blue managed to pick up their heads and push away with the win – beating Canterbury Red.


Earlier in the day Auckland Blue had gone close to booking themselves a spot in the final, only to end up losing to Waikato by two in the preliminary final.


Auckland Blue's team - which is a potential Wheel Black line up after the four starters were named in the World Championships team - of Steve Smith, Maia Amai, Nafi Lefono, Adam Wakeford, and Jai Waite seemed to have all the potential but failed to put away solid teams like Waikato.


Canterbury Red had an indifferent weekend thanks to a few players withdrawal due to injury, leaving them with just the one line up.