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December 1, 2013

Australian men, women win 2013 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

Australian men, women win 2013 Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships

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Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok — The Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Rollers, and the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders, won gold medals on Friday, the final day of the Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. The eight day championship was opened on November 22.

Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Bangkok, 2013. IWBF President Maureen Orchard presents silver medals to the Chinese women’s team
Image: Hawkeye7.

Australian Gliders are addressed by their head coach, Tom Kyle
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Maureen Orchard. President and Secretary General of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
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Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Australia’s Amber Merritt
Image: Matthew Wells.

Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Japan’s Mari Animoto
Image: Matthew Wells.

Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships — Australia’s Tristan Knowles
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Ten countries competed for places at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Championships next year — ten in the men’s: Japan, Iran, China, Malaysia, Taipei, Australia, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand and Thailand; and four in the women’s: Australia, Japan, China and Thailand. For the Australians, it was a rare opportunity to play teams from neighboring countries. Their efforts to help other teams were appreciated; after one game the Kuwait men led a cheer of “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” To which the Thai women replied: “Oi! Oi! Oi!”

Both the Australian teams went through the tournament undefeated. The Gliders defeated China in the gold medal game 57–35. The Rollers then took to the court and defeated Korea 63–46. Iran and Japan won the men’s and women’s bronze medal matches.

This was one of four zone championships. The zones correspond to those of the IPC and FIBA: Americas, Europe, Asia–Oceania and Africa. Each zone is guaranteed one place at the World Championships. Under recently-introduced rules, performance at the Paralympic games gains additional spots for the zone, not for the country. Only the home team is guaranteed a place.

The new zone system has already proved controversial, with Algeria defeating South Africa in the recent Africa Zone Championships in Angola to grab the sole spot allocated to Africa, and Canada missing out on one of the four men’s spots for the Americas zone. In a shock result, these places went to the United States, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. Great Britain, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands are to round out the championships as the men’s teams from the European Zone.

The men’s World Championship are to be held in July next year in Incheon, South Korea, while the women’s are to be in Toronto, Canada. Maureen Orchard. President and Secretary General of the IWBF told Wikinews the women’s competition will in no way be inferior to the men’s. The women are to be put up in a five-star hotel, and play at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Without their men’s team competing, the women’s competition is expected to generate considerable interest in Canada. The home team is to be joined by teams from the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru to compete against the winners from the Asia–Oceania Zone.

The sport of wheelchair basketball has great popularity. In London, additional seats at the North Greenwich Arena sold out online within minutes.



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September 20, 2013

United States wins Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Sydney

United States wins Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Sydney

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Cathedral Square, Sydney — The United States won the Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series against Australia and New Zealand at Cathedral Square in Sydney today.

Chuck Aoki (US) and Ryley Batt (Aus)
Image: Jeff Crow Australian Paralympic Committee.

Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nation series- New Zealand Wheel Blacks
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Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nation series- Australia v New Zealand
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Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nation series – night match – Australia v United States
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Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nation series- Australia v New Zealand
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Game Four, played at 12:30 yesterday, was played between the New Zealand Wheel Blacks and the Australian Steelers before a lunchtime crowd. Australia scored six straight goals in second quarter, to lead 29-44 at half time, and eventually came out the winners 41-57. The game featured an unusual duel between two 3.5-point players, Australia’s Ryley Batt and New Zealand’s Barney Konerferisi.

In Game Five, played under lights at 17:30 yesterday, the United States proved too good for New Zealand, winning 36-62. Game Six followed immediately after at 19:30. This game, between Australia and United States attracted a sizable and animated crowd that filled the venue. Australia had only beaten the United States once in the last seven years. The Steelers managed to win gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London without having to play them.

Australia opened the game with three straight goals, but the United States caught up, and the score was 14-15 at quarter time, after a last second United States score was counted. While the United States frequently rotated its players, the Steelers had Ryley Batt, Chris Bond, Ryan Scott and Nazim Erdem on the court the whole time. Their strong defence caused timeouts and subsequent turnovers. Low-pointer Ryan Scott became an unlikely hero by prompting two turnovers. Australia won 64-53.

Game Seven was the Semi-Final, between Australia and New Zealand, and was played at 12:00 today. The weather was warm and sunny. The New Zealanders performed a Haka, but it did not bring victory. This time Australia rotated its players, and Bond and Batt were on the court together only briefly just before half time, and again in the last four minutes. Australia won handily, 62-45.

The Final game was therefore between the United States and Australia under lights at 17:00 on today. The commentators called it “Friday Night Footy”. Australia once again played Bond, Batt, Erdem and Scott together, and took off to a three-goal lead, but the United States fought back with good defensive plays, tying the score at 14-all at quarter time. The United States scored three goals straight in the second quarter to take a 29-25 lead at half time. Hopes that Australia could repeat its win of the night before were dashed. The United States team had tight discipline and made few mistakes, in the end, winning 58-54.

Medals were presented to the players, coaches and team staff by Greg Hartung, the President of the Australian Paralympic Committee. The players of all three teams voted for the Most Valuable Player of the series, which went to Ryley Batt.

This is believed to be the first time that an international wheelchair rugby tournament has been held outdoors.



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Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series begins in Sydney

Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series begins in Sydney

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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Cathedral Square, Sydney, Australia — Wikinews attended the Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations Series in Cathedral Square, Sydney, ongoing from Wednesday. This is the first time an international wheelchair rugby event has been held outdoors, and in this arena. Three nations are competing: the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

America’s Josh Wheeler
Image: Jeff Crow Australian Paralympic Committee.

Left to right: Chuck Aoki (US), Andrew Harrison (Aus), Cameron Carr (Aus), Jeremy Brown (US), Ryan Scott (Aus), Derrick Helton (US)
Image: Jeff Crow Australian Paralympic Committee.

Wheelchair Rugby in Cathedral Square, Sydney. Hyde Park and the Centrepoint Tower can be seen in the background.
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United States National Wheelchair Rugby team
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Justice Crew performs
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Premier of New South Wales Barry O’Farrell and CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee Jason Hellwig
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The venue is Cathedral Square, Sydney, which is adjacent to Hyde Park. The Sydney Central Business district is on the other side of the park. An outdoor stadium has been constructed specifically for the tournament, which is believed to be the first time an international wheelchair rugby tournament has been held outdoors. This choice was validated by the fine and warm weather. Free sunscreen was given to the crowd.

The Opening Ceremony was officiated by Australian Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Jason Hellwig. In attendance were the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Robyn Kemmis, and Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. A large crowd, mostly consisting of school groups, was entertained by boy band Justice Crew singing their hit Best Night.

Each team is to play the others two twice, on Wednesday September 18 and Thursday September 19. Finals are to be held on Friday. All three teams are highly ranked internationally. The United States team is ranked number one in the world. It won bronze at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, gold at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and bronze at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, and is the current world champion. This is its first visit to Australia since the 2000 Summer Paralympics.

The Australian team, known as the Steelers, is ranked second in the world. It won silver in Beijing and gold in London. The team is almost unchanged from the one that won in London. Greg Smith has become the assistant coach.

The first game, held immediately after the Opening Ceremony, was between the United States and Australia. The United States proved the better team, forcing errors and turnovers. Three turnovers in the first quarter were especially costly for the Steelers, who lost 56–43.

The second game was held at 17:30 under lights. The crowd was small, but there were a number of New Zealand fans in the crowd, including a few Maori. Two of the New Zealand players are also Maori. The well-disciplined United States team proved too good for the Wheel Blacks as well, who lost 58–40 in an entertaining contest.

The third game was at 19:30, between Australia and New Zealand. The Australians led the whole game, which was nonetheless entertaining to the last. In the dying seconds of the game, Australia’s Ryley Batt shunted a stalling New Zealand player across the line to force him to score, then threw the ball to team mate Chris Bond, who raced for the line at high speed but was beaten by the buzzer. Australia won 61–48.

The New Zealand team, known as the Wheel Blacks, is ranked tenth in the world. It won gold in Athens.

Highlights of the tournament are scheduled to be shown on Foxtel Sports in Australia on September 28 and 29.



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December 14, 2012

Wikinews interviews Australian Paralympic skiers Toby Kane, Cameron Rahles Rahbula, and Mitchell Gourley

Wikinews interviews Australian Paralympic skiers Toby Kane, Cameron Rahles Rahbula, and Mitchell Gourley

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Recently, Wikinews sat down with Australian standing Paralympic skiers Toby Kane, Cameron Rahles-Rahbula, and Mitchell Gourley who were in Vail, Colorado for a training camp for the start of this week’s IPC Nor-Am Cup.

Wikinews reporters LauraHale and Hawkeye7 interview Australian Paralympic skiers Cameron Rahles Rahbula, Mitchell Gourley, and Toby Kane

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png I’m interviewing Cameron [Rahles-Rahbula] with a hyphenated last name, Mitchell Gourley, [and] Toby Kane. And they’re in Copper Mountain to compete with the IPC NorAm cup.

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you guys can qualify for Sochi?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Not this race, but yeah…
Toby Kane: Any races that we kind of do, I think we can qualify, but technically, for the APC it would have to be a world cup first to qualify.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Where’s the world cups?

Toby Kane: We have one this year in Italy, in Sestriere, and one in St Moritz, in Switzerland
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: and one in Slovenia, in Maribor, and Russia
Mitchell Gourley: world championships in La Molina in Spain as well, and Russia, the test event is another world cup in Sochi.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You guys are all skiers, right?

all (in unison): Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png None of you, when they said “we’re doing snowboarding“, said “I want to jump ship and do snowboarding”?

Toby Kane: No.
Mitchell Gourley: No.
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: No.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You all love the skiing. Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png (to Cameron Rahles-Rahbula): What did you do to your chin [which is taped up]?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: I had a crash last week, and I split my chin open. I kneed myself here, so I had stitches.
Toby Kane: Thirteen stitches.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Crashed skiing right?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Yeah.
Toby Kane: Our physio probably took out five last night.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png As somebody who knows very little about Paralympic skiing, I have a question having watched it. There seems to be three types skiiers: the ones who are in the monochairs, the ones who are blind, and the ones with amputations and the ones without arms. I’ve had this debate. Who’s the craziest amongst you? The ones who can’t see, the ones with no arms, or the ones on a mono-ski?

Mitchell Gourley: The completely blind people are a little nuts.
Toby Kane: A B1 is, blacked out goggles…
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: … who just follows the sound of their guides. So they’re probably, when it comes to speed events, in terms of fear level, that’s pretty intense.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Not having arms, you don’t think, would be scarier?

Mitchell Gourley: No.
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Yeah, but you can see where you are going. When you have to trust the other person in front of you…
Toby Kane: .. you have to be fairly crazy to do downhill in sit skis.
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Those guys, they start crashing, or they have a mistake, they can’t recover in the same way a stand up can, so even though those classes aren’t going as quickly, probably stand ups in general have a bit more control, and to recover.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Can you go and tell me your classifications?

Toby Kane: Yeah, we all ski in the standing class. LW6/8-2

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Like L1…

Mitchell Gourley: These guys are both LW2s because they’ve both got on leg.
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: So we ski with just one leg, with crutches, whereas you’ve got people who’ve got below-knee amputations, they may have a longer stump and they ski with a prosthetic leg. Toby and I have got to legally ski on one ski.
Toby Kane: And what you were referring to before was the three classes of alpine skiing is standing, sitting, and blind.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you’ve all been to Paralympics before?

Toby Kane: Cam’s been to three, I’ve been to two, and Mitch has been to one.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And what was your favorite one? Do you have one?

Mitchell Gourley: Vancouver. (laughter)
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Vancouver it would have been.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Because you love Canadians?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: It’s also, obviously, skiing comes down to results. So, I loved Salt Lake City. I was there for experience, that was great. My second one, I had bit of a disaster Paralympics. I didn’t ski too well. Sestriere in 2006. The last one, I was able to come away with a couple of medals, so it was… I enjoyed that obviously. They all had different aspects.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How did the ski slopes compare?

Toby Kane: Vancouver, they’re good slopes.
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Salt Lake City, was a little bit flatter. Probably the type of hill… it was still good, it was my first games, I enjoyed it. Yeah, they usually prepare the courses reasonably well, ’cause they’ve got a lot of course workers on the slopes. That has a big influence on condition, not just the actual hill itself. Vancouver was a challenge in the sense that we had terrible weather, terrible conditions and snow, even though it’s a good hill, whereas I think Sestriere we had sunshine virtually every day. So a lot of it comes down to weather as well as the hill, the time of year.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png In Australia, the big visibility Paralympics are the summer. Do you guys ever feel vaguely — I know it’s the wrong question to ask — but do you ever feel vaguely cheated because you’re doing neglected, you don’t get the attention, the ABC‘s like “nah, we don’t want to cover you”?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: umm…
Toby Kane: Give us the official answer? (laughter, interjections from elsewhere in the room)
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Australia being a summer sport [country], we’re aware that there’s going to be more focus on the summer games and particularly because there’s a larger… there’s more athletes, there more events, there more medals. There will always be more coverage for the summer games. There’s no winter athlete that could walk away with more than five gold medals. There’s not enough events for that. Whereas I think you can get a swimmer who might get eight gold medals. So, it’s a different sort of exposure.
Mitchell Gourley: And realistically, it’s pretty unlikely for anybody in winter sport no matter how good they are, to walk away with more than one or two, just because of the nature of the sport, which is that anyone can crash. You can be a great skier all the year and then crash. [uncertain] can tell you about that in Vancouver. It’s a pretty unpredictable sport.
Toby Kane: The way that our sport moved after Salt Lake City is that instead of Cam and I skiing against each other, and only people with one leg, to being really competitive across those three classes, means that we think that the winter games are really, really competitive. Quite difficult to win a medal. I think, if you took Michael Milton as an example, he won four gold at Salt Lake out of four events. He won one silver in Torino out of four events with the new system, and he compared both events to be equal. So, yeah, I think you’ve got to look at the value of the medals at the winter games now has been quite high.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you guys like the new point system they implemented?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: There’s always challenges, because you’ve got different classes, and varied conditions, so they try and adapt the times to fit, but it’ll never be something that can be always right, because we’ve got a sport that’s got different conditions, and different locations, as opposed to a swimming pool, where you know you’ve got fifty metres. So that’s something that’ll always be a challenge, but in saying that, it has raised the bar, in terms of the standard of skiing, which is good. From an Australian perspective, not necessarily the public will be aware of that but I think from an international perspective, the skiing has moved into a more professional area, which is good, and I think that it will be the best thing for the sport moving forward.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Evan O’Hanlon at the summer games was talking about the disparity problem between able bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities in terms of sponsorship. You guys have no visibility, is that something that you guys sit there going “we should have the same sponsorship as the great Australian skiers”?

Mitchell Gourley: The problem in that is that in our sport we would probably be the most visible alpine skiers from Australia. The able bodied alpine team is pretty average and has been for a few years now, since a couple of guys retired after Vancouver. So we’re probably, while its still very small, it’s a lot less than the summer guys, even the summer Paralympics guys, were are more visible than the Australian alpine team.
Toby Kane: I think a few of us, well Cam and I and I think Mitch is along the same lines, is that we’re not here for a career as an athlete. so I know I haven’t actively a lot of sponsorships. I have a life away from skiing with what I’m doing at the university and I’m here because I really love to do it, and I love to compete, but I’m not overly fussed about the public recognition of it all. I’m more concerned with skiing with our able-bodied counterparts and showing them what we can do.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you guys get equal treatment? Your share of the same facilities, same trainers, that sort of stuff?

Toby Kane: We train on the same hills.
Mitchell Gourley: And last week we had pretty much the same races as the able-bodied had the week before on the same hills, and what they ski on next week, and we follow on that, so we don’t have to start. But with a hundred of… that’s why I’m a level below world cup for able-bodied skiers, and skiing on the same hill, and running pretty comparable times, and getting a lot of comments from coaches and athletes there. And yeah that’s what we all, I think, strive for. It’s an awkward thing to ever try and illustrate it to the Australian public, ski racing, and let alone Paralympic ski racing, and what we’re doing. So […] we’ve got to accept that we’re not going to get the recognition publicly probably that we may or may not deserve, and we more look towards our peers, whether they’re able bodied or disabled, and if they respect us, if the best able bodied skiers in the world respect what we are doing, and think that we are doing it bloody well, then we can hold our head high and feel really good. Had one of the best slalom skiers in the world walk up to me a few years ago when we were in training, and say “that’s some of the best slalom skiing that I’ve ever seen, wow that’s incredible. One-legged. I couldn’t do that on one leg”. That kind of thing. So that obviously makes us all feel like we’re doing something that while the recognition might not be there from the public, that we feel as though we are doing a really competitive and really difficult sport, and doing it to a really high level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You mentioned Australia being like a country of summer sports. What attracted you to winter sport in the first place?

Mitchell Gourley: I think it’s a better sport. (laughter)
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Australians, considering we don’t have many hills, Australians do love skiing, those that do it. It’s a unique sport in the sense that you get to travel at high speeds, on different mountains all over the world, under your own power, going down a hill at 130 or something k’s an hour, that sort of thing. You don’t get… to me, running up and down a track, or…
Toby Kane: I think to me it’s a fun sport. There aren’t that many sports that people, a lot of people, spend heaps of their own money to go and do, as a pastime. As something that they want to do on the holidays and with their family and all that kind of stuff. It’s kind of cool that that’s what we do. Like, lots of people would spend a sh-tload of money to go skiing, and that’s our sport. Not many people would pay a heap of money to stare at a black line in a pool, or to run around a track against the clock.
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: Yeah, we love it, and that’s why I’ve done it for so many years, because I love the sport. I mean, racing’s one thing but if I didn’t enjoy skiing I wouldn’t be here and there’s not a day when… I mean you have cold days and weather and stuff, but you don’t… for us to get out and get on the hill isn’t a burden I don’t think in the same way as other sports can be.
Toby Kane: I think the change for me — I think I can speak for Cam as well, ’cause he’s been around for a while — the change between racing in so many classes to racing in so few probably kept us around, I think. It made it a lot more competitive; it made it a lot more of a challenge, that previously it wouldn’t have been, and I think if we took an LW2 class right now we’d be getting similar results to what Michael got in Salt Lake City, so, the fact that it did get a lot more competitive is probably why I’ve been here for so long, in the challenge to keep competing and keep improving and keep performing at the highest level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Are there any skiers that you’re looking forward to racing against this week coming up?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: This week I think Australia has a pretty good, strong team from a standing perspective, so we’re probably racing against each other.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png So you do not care about the Chileans, or whoever, hanging around?

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: The Canadian and American teams are here, and they’ve got some developing athletes. Probably more the Europeans who are developing who’ve got the highest others skiing in our particular division, and the Americans are very strong with their sit skiers. So this week being just a North American-based race we’ll probably be looking at the other two in terms of racing, but yeah, when we get over to the world cups over in Europe in January, that’s when the whole field’s together, and gives us some idea of what we’re racing against.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png I feel like we’re almost coming to a close. What do you do outside of skiing? You had some life you said.

Cameron Rahles-Rahbula: I work as a physiotherapist, and I am a family man. Since Vancouver I haven’t skied a huge amount since then. I’ve got a little boy, and so other priorities definitely start to take effect. I think as a skier, it’s a challenge from the travelling perspective when you do have family. I think that’s unlike a lot of summer athletes who have their training base next door. For us, we need to be always on the move, so that’s always one of the challenges with alpine skiing. You get the privilege of travelling but you’re away from your family, so for me, my last year I have focused more on family life and sort of getting back into the skiing this year.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What do you do Mitchell?

Mitchell Gourley: I’m still studying. I’m a bit younger than these guys so I’m…

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which university?

Mitchell Gourley: I’m at Melbourne University studying. So I’ve got pretty much a year to go now, but that’ll take me two years to do just because of where Sochi is, in March 2014 I’ll cut back this year coming, 2013, and I’ll only do probably about half — I’ll do five subjects as opposed to eight, just because when you’re out travelling during the year and prepping, using your weekend to ski will it getting to you like that. With the schedule, from June to the end September will be pretty much flat skiing. Last time I did that leading into Vancouver, I mean I do that every year but probably a bigger load in the games lead that kind of thing. And I did that in the middle of Year 12 last time, and that was interesting, but now I can actually…

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You finished your VCEs then?

Mitchell Gourley: I finished that during the…

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And you did well?

Mitchell Gourley: Yeah, I was happy with how I went, so that was good of me. I moved schools to pursue what I was doing with skiing, to an international school that really helped structure things around me with my environment, and I sort of cut back on subjects and things but managed to make it work those times, but yeah. For me, it’s university for a couple of years, or for a year and a half or so to knock that over. So then I have to think about getting a real job and that’s a scary thought, a real job, or eventually doing further study, based on the Melbourne model, being what it is now that you can’t usually do much with your first degree. (laughter)

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png And Toby, what are..?

Toby Kane: I’m halfway through postgraduate medicine, so I am just trying to balance that and getting in to Russia. And Russia will be my third games, and most probably my last. And then it’ll be the start of my fourth year of medicine so, yeah, I’m a bit like Cam, I’ve skied probably less over the last two years since Vancouver, just with uni and I’m kind of looking forward to putting everything that I’ve got left in me into skiing until Russia.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very, very much. It was much appreciated. Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Look forward to seeing you guys in Russia!



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December 13, 2012

Twelve countries compete on second day of 2012 Nor-Am Cup

Twelve countries compete on second day of 2012 Nor-Am Cup

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, para-alpine skiers from twelve countries competed on the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain.

106 competitors, 29 women and 77 men, from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States competed in the Super G on the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup. Of those 106 competitors, five did not start, at least two did not qualify, and at least twenty five did not finish.

Para-alpine skiers were back on the slopes again yesterday.

Lincoln Budge from Australia, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Takanori Yokosawa from Japan, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Andrew Earl Kurka from the United States, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Corey Peters from New Zealand, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Ben Thompson from Canada, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Erna Friðriksdóttir from Iceland, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

John Kick from Great Britain, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.



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Australia takes the podium for standing men\’s giant slalom

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, Australian para-alpine skiers Toby Kane, Mitchell Gourley, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula took the podium for the standing men’s giant slalom event on the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain.

Mitchell Gourley finished with a combined total time of 1:58.99, Toby Kane finished with a combined total time of 1:59.00, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula finished with a combined total time of 2:00.51. Visually impaired skier Jonathan Walsh and his guide Jonathan Wong also took to the podium for the standing men’s giant slalom visually impaired event, with a combined total time of 2:15.64.

Australian skiers were back on the slopes again yesterday.

Paralympic Alpine Skiers Toby Kane, Mitchell Gourley, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula on the podium
Image: Bidgee.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Mitchell Gourley competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Mitchell Gourley competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Toby Kane competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Jonathan Walsh and guide, Jonathan Wong, on the podium for standing men’s giant slalom visually impaired.
Image: Bidgee.



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Twelve countries compete on the second day of the 2012 Nor-Am Cup

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, para-alpine skiers from twelve countries competed on the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain.

106 competitors, 29 women and 77 men, from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States competed in the Super G on the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup. Of those 106 competitors, five did not start, at least two did not qualify, and at least twenty five did not finish.

Para-alpine skiers were back on the slopes again yesterday.

Lincoln Budge from Australia, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Takanori Yokosawa from Japan, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Andrew Earl Kurka from the United States, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Corey Peters from New Zealand, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Ben Thompson from Canada, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Erna Friðriksdóttir from Iceland, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

John Kick from Great Britain, competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.



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Australia earns one medal on day 3 of IPC Nor-Am Cup

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yesterday, on day three of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain‘s Rosie’s Arena run, Australia earned only one medal, with Cameron Rahles-Rahbula picking up a gold medal in the men’s standing Giant Slalom. The results were not as good as Tuesday, when Australia swept the exact same event. The course was technically difficult, with a number of skiers falling and unable to finish it.

Jonathan Walsh crashed in his first run and earned a did not finish. His failure to compete the first run meant he did not have a second run. Rahles-Raubula had a time of 1.00.68 in his first run and 59.21 in his second run for a combined run time of 1.59.89. Toby Kane and Mitchell Gourley did not start. Standing LW9-1 classified skier Jonty O’Callaghan did not finish.

Coming into IPC Nor-Am Cup, Australian skiers had a number of ICPAS points that assist them in qualifying for Sochi. At least one Australian skier, Melissa Perrine has already qualifie for the 2014 Winter Paralympics assuming she does not get injured and maintains her points level. LW12-1 classified sit skier Victoria Pendergast had 406.06 points. Visually impaired B2 classified skier Jonathan Walsh and guide Jonathan Wong have 146.57 points. LW2 classified standing skier Rahles-Raubula had 52.76 and similarly classified skier Toby Kane had 26.61 points. Standing LW6/8-2 classified skier Mitchell Gourley had 3.24 points. Standing LW9-1 classified skier Jonty O’Callaghan had 321.38 points.

Australian skiers will be back on the slopes today for the fourth day of competition, where they will be competing in the slalom event.

LW2 classified Cameron Rahles Rahbula on the podium after getting his medal
Image: LauraHale.

Australians before the competition started for the day at the bottom of the hill
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Guide skier Jono Wong pushes a wheelchair with mountain bike tires on it before the start of the day’s races
Image: LauraHale.

LW12-1 classified sit skier Victoria Pendergast comes down the hill in her first run
Image: LauraHale.

Jonathon Walsh and guide Jonathan Wong did not finish the race after a fall high up on the hill
Image: LauraHale.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula in his second run of the day
Image: LauraHale.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula in his second run of the day with his face patch covering where he had 13 stitches
Image: LauraHale.

Times for yesterday’s giant slalom race on the women’s side
Image: LauraHale.

Times for yesterday’s giant slalom race on the men’s side
Image: LauraHale.

Audio of the award ceremonies.
Image: LauraHale.



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Australia takes podium for standing men\’s giant slalom on second day of 2012 IPC NorAm Cup

Australia takes podium for standing men’s giant slalom on second day of 2012 IPC NorAm Cup

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, Australian para-alpine skiers Toby Kane, Mitchell Gourley, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula took the podium for the standing men’s giant slalom event on the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain.

Mitchell Gourley finished with a combined total time of 1:58.99, Toby Kane finished with a combined total time of 1:59.00, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula finished with a combined total time of 2:00.51. Visually impaired skier Jonathan Walsh and his guide Jonathan Wong also took to the podium for the standing men’s giant slalom visually impaired event, with a combined total time of 2:15.64.

Australian skiers were back on the slopes again yesterday.

Paralympic Alpine Skiers Toby Kane, Mitchell Gourley, and Cameron Rahles Rahbula on the podium
Image: Bidgee.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Mitchell Gourley competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Mitchell Gourley competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Toby Kane competing in the Super G during the second day of the IPC Nor-Am Cup
Image: Bidgee.

Jonathan Walsh and guide, Jonathan Wong, on the podium for standing men’s giant slalom visually impaired.
Image: Bidgee.



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Australia earns one medal on day three of 2012 IPC Nor-Am Cup

Australia earns one medal on day three of 2012 IPC Nor-Am Cup

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yesterday, on day three of the IPC Nor-Am Cup at Copper Mountain’s Rosie’s Arena run, Australia earned only one medal, with Cameron Rahles-Rahbula picking up a gold medal in the men’s standing Giant Slalom. The results were not as good for Australia as Tuesday’s, when Australia swept the exact same event. The course was technically difficult, with a number of skiers falling and unable to finish it.

Jonathan Walsh crashed in his first run and earned a did not finish. His failure to compete the first run meant he did not have a second run. Rahles-Raubula had a time of 1.00.68 in his first run and 59.21 in his second run for a combined run time of 1.59.89. Toby Kane and Mitchell Gourley did not start. Standing LW9-1 classified skier Jonty O’Callaghan did not finish.

Coming into IPC Nor-Am Cup, Australian skiers had a number of IPCAS points that assist them in qualifying for the [[w|2014 Winter Paralympics|2014 Paralympics in Sochi}}. At least one Australian skier, Melissa Perrine, has already qualified for Sochi assuming she does not get injured and maintains her points level. LW12-1 classified sit skier Victoria Pendergast had 406.06 points. Visually impaired B2 classified skier Jonathan Walsh and guide Jonathan Wong have 146.57 points. LW2 classified standing skier Rahles-Raubula had 52.76 and similarly classified skier Toby Kane had 26.61 points. Standing LW6/8-2 classified skier Mitchell Gourley had 3.24 points. Standing LW9-1 classified skier Jonty O’Callaghan had 321.38 points.

Australian skiers go back on the slopes today for the fourth day of competition, where they are to compete in the slalom event.

LW2 classified Cameron Rahles Rahbula on the podium after getting his medal
Image: LauraHale.

Australians before the competition started for the day at the bottom of the hill
Image: .

Guide skier Jono Wong pushes a wheelchair with mountain bike tires on it before the start of the day’s races
Image: LauraHale.

LW12-1 classified sit skier Victoria Pendergast comes down the hill in her first run
Image: LauraHale.

Jonathon Walsh and guide Jonathan Wong did not finish the race after a fall high up on the hill
Image: LauraHale.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula in his second run of the day
Image: LauraHale.

Cameron Rahles Rahbula in his second run of the day with his face patch covering where he had 13 stitches
Image: LauraHale.

Times for yesterday’s giant slalom race on the women’s side
Image: LauraHale.

Times for yesterday’s giant slalom race on the men’s side
Image: LauraHale.

Audio of the award ceremonies.
Image: LauraHale.



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