Koenig flies flag for ACT

He stands out in the ACT’s Ivor Burge team not just because he is one of the tallest player but also because he is the best and the ACT’s sole representative in the  Australian Boomerangs Basketball team. However for Canberra’s Justin Koenig it hasn’t always been that way.

Koenig recalls the encouragement from his friend Andrew Hoatson to try out for the ACT’s Ivor Burge Basketball team back in 2010  “That first ACT representative team was coached by Jim Bell,  I started on the bench which is what new players do” said Koenig referring to his first appearance for ACT at the Ivor Burge Basketball Championships.  Some 10 years later including 6 years as an Australian Boomerangs representative, Koenig is very thankful to Hoatson and Bell for encouraging him to take up the sport.

A keen sportsman, Koenig played aussie rules (100 games), tee-ball and cricket as a junior and now enjoys golf as well.  One of Justin’s junior sport highlights is achieving a hat trick in cricket.

Growing up in Canberra he attended Woden special school before completing his studies at Copeland College.  Koenig doesn’t have great memories at Copeland with bullying and some difficulties settling in to the mainstream school with less support, but he also sees it as a time that he grew more independence.

“Justin has always loved his sport, it has been an important part of his life and helped him to build his confidence and ability to interact socially with others.” Said Justin’s mother Jennifer Koenig.

Koenig’s first game for the ACT Ivor Burge team was in 2010 against Victoria Country, a close game lost by the ACT 60-68 but importantly a game that saw him playing alongside his friend Andrew Hoatson and scoring his first points.  In those early years there was another ACT player dominating the scoresheets and representing the Australian Boomerangs in Mark Dahlberg.  The following year ACT had it’s best ever performance at the Ivor Burge Championships reaching the grand final against Victoria, Koenig, Hoatson and Dahlberg all still there.

In 2014 Australian Boomerang’s head coach Simon Robinson approached Koenig at the completion of the Ivor Burge Basketball Championships with some great news.  “I remember Simon coming up to me at the Closing Ceremony and telling me I had made the Australian Boomerangs team, it was a great feeling and I was very excited to be selected in my first Australian team” said Koenig.

That year he trained with the Boomerangs and in 2015 made his debut against Japan, 2015 also saw Koenig travel to Ecuador with the Boomerangs for the 2015 INAS Global Games.  Australia made the Bronze medal playoff but were out run by the team from Portugal 55 to 69.  In 2017 Koenig travelled to Italy with the Australian Boomerangs team for the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships.  Australia again made the playoff for the Bronze, but unlike 2 years earlier in Ecuador they dominated the game defeating Poland 88-52 to take the Bronze medal.

2018 saw a lot of change for Koenig with new coaches in both the ACT Ivor Burge and Australian Boomerangs teams.

Former Canberra Capital player Michelle Cosier started coaching Justin as coach of the ACT Ivor Burge team.  “He is very passionate about his basketball on and off the court and wants to be the best he can be.” said Cosier.  For Koenig that passion can sometimes leads to frustration when things don’t always go the way they should.   “As a perfectionist he is very tough on himself, we have been working on strategies on his mindset and his role as a leader in the ACT team.” Cosier said.

The Ivor Burge Championships were held in Terrigal in 2018 and Koenig wasted no time impressing his new coaches with some outstanding statistics across the court.  “He is an incredibly strong player in all assets of the game, in one game he had a quadruple double with 38 points, 33 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals” Cosier said.

With the Australian Boomerangs, Koenig is comfortable with his role and describes himself as an impact player “ I focus on defence, I get on do my job and get off” he said.  Boomerangs Head Coach Julia Walsh describes Justin as an impact player and one of the leaders within the team on and off the court.  “When the going gets tough Justin is the player that can turn the game around and the team can get caught up in his energy. He has matured as a player and as a leader. Justin has learnt to manage his emotions and to assist others when under stress. He has a great sense of humour and that is always valuable when you are living in each others pockets in the tournament bubble.” Said Walsh.

Away from his ACT and Boomerang team duties Koenig plays Div 2 with the Ginninderra Rats in the ACT Basketball competition.  “It is a high level of competition that provides Justin with the challenge to work hard and play at a higher level on a regular basis.” Said Cosier.

He has been lucky with injuries having rolled his ankle a couple of times, but for a short time in 2019 he thought his good luck had come to an end.

“It was one of our final training camps before the Global Games.   We were competing for places in the team and during a scrimmage my nose made contact with one of my team mates elbows, it was a mess, blood everywhere and we all thought I had broken it.” Koenig said.  A few hours in casualty and a few xrays revealed no break and Koenig’s dream for a home Global Games was still intact.

Koenig made the Australian Boomerangs team for the Brisbane Global Games where they played off for Gold against a strong Portugal team in front of a large home crowd.  Despite having defeated Portugal in the round robin stage, Portugal were again too strong for the Boomerangs winning 94 to 68 bringing back memories of their 2015 Bronze medal playoff.  Although disappointed the Boomerangs Silver medal equalled their best result of a Silver medal in the 1994 INAS Basketball World Championships in Greece.

Away from the Basketball court, Koenig works in the Emergency department at the Canberra Hospital, a job he has had for the past 7 years.    The job has provided Koenig with some stability and has been very supportive of his Basketball commitments allowing him time off for camps and tours.

Basketball ACT recognised Koenig’s performances and contribution to basketball as their 2015 Male Player of the Year and in 2018 ‘recognition of significant personal achievement bringing credit to Basketball and the ACT Basketball Community’.

Koenig is also very aware of those that have enabled him to do what he does best, his mum Jennifer, ACT coaches Jim Bell, Chloe Tugliach, Michelle Cosier and Boomerangs coaches Simon Robinson, Julia Walsh and Glen Jordan.

Still driven to be the best he can be and to play at a higher level, Koenig looks forward to more challenges ahead and hopefully one day helping the Boomerangs to that elusive Gold medal that has eluded them so far.

Wayne Bird retires from Basketball Victoria

Sport Inclusion Australia would like to congratulate Wayne Bird on his retirement from Basketball Victoria.  A former President and current Board director of Sport Inclusion Australia, Wayne has worked for Basketball Victoria for the past 27 years, primarily as CEO and more recently as Project Manager of the State Basketball Centre expansion.

Reflecting on his past 27 years with Basketball Victoria, Wayne identified the growth of the organisation, the creation and expansion of programs such as Aussie Hoops and inclusion as well as the relationships he has built as his highlights.

Sport Inclusion Australia, the 2019 INAS Global Games and Virtus have also benefitted greatly from Wayne’s contributions over the past 12 years.  Wayne joined the Board of Sport Inclusion Australia in 2008 and in 2011 took over the Presidency from the late Marie T Little OAM. In 2017 Wayne was awarded Life Membership of Sport Inclusion Australia and in 2019 he stepped down from his role as President but remained on the Board.

Wayne saw the formation of the Global Games Sports Company as the initial Director and  Chair and has worked internationally on Virtus committees over a number of years.

While Wayne has said goodbye to the Victorian Basketball community we are very pleased and fortunate that he will continue his role with Sport Inclusion Australia.

Wayne has left an enormous legacy with Basketball Victoria, please see Basketball Victoria’s announcement at: http://basketballvictoria.com.au/wayne-bird-retires/

Australian INAS Global Games team officials to lead Australian cyclists to Virtus Cycling World Championships

Australian INAS Global Games cycling team head coach Brad Reardon, along with his assistant coach Peter Ganss and manager Liz Gosper will lead the Australian team to their next major international competition, the Virtus Cycling World Championships in Portugal in July.

Having brought together our largest and most successful cycling team at an INAS Global Games,  Reardon, Ganss and Gosper have been re-appointed to continue the development of the Australian team.

Unsure of the level of competition and performance of the Australian team leading into the Games, Reardon was pleasantly surprised with the teams performance and inspired to take the team to the next level where they will be even more competitive against the World’s best.

The cycling team was made up of many debutante athletes who had not been exposed to such competition previously. With this experience behind them and with the continued assistance of coaches such as Reardon, Ganss and Gosper the team is well placed to take on the World’s best at the upcoming Virtus World Cycling Championships in Portugal.

With over 40 years experience coaching cyclists at all levels, the INAS Global Games was Reardon’s first experience working with cyclists with an intellectual impairment.  “It is an honour to be appointed as a head coach of an Australian cycling team and it is a pleasure to continue to work with these cyclists that are so keen to learn and improve.” Reardon said.

Reardon will be well supported by Ganss and Gosper both of whom have performed and medalled at National level at Masters, Ganss in cycling and Gosper in triathlon.  The bulk of the Australian team are expected to come from Victoria where Ganss and Gosper have been very busy and successful developing and driving a cycling program for cyclists with an intellectual impairment.

The team is expected to be announced in early March and will travel to Portugal in July to compete in both road and track events.

Cyclists have till close of business on Monday to lodge and expression of interest for Australian Team selection.

The successful INAS Global Games held in Brisbane in October 2019 has been a huge catalyst for the sport with Cycling Australia taking the lead and announcing that they will include events for cyclists with an intellectual impairment in future National Championships.  Cycling Queensland were so impressed with the cyclists ability and the level of competition that they have added events to their State Championships also.

Head Coach Brad Reardon assists Chloe Turner in the Starting gate during the 2019 INAS Global Games.

The first National Road Championships were held in Ballarat in January with Victoria’s Nathan Broeren and Georgia Powning our Inaugural National Champions in the Time Trial.  Powning went on to win the Road race with Andre Ascui taking the men’s title.

“Cycling Australia was pleased to include the athletes with intellectual disability into the Federation University Road National Championship.  Cycling is a sport for all Australians and we look forward to growing the number of opportunities for riders of all abilities”.  said Kipp Kaufmann, General Manager – Sport at Cycling Australia.

Sport Inclusion Australia is the Australian member organisation of Virtus and works with National Sporting Organisations to be inclusive of all Australian’s primarily those with an intellectual impairment.

“We are very pleased to see the development of cycling opportunities within Cycling Australia and its Member States for these cyclists and the professional approach to coaching and development of this team.” said Sport Inclusion Australia CEO Robyn Smith.

The Virtus Cycling World Championships will be held in Anadia Portugal from 21 to 27 July.


For more information on cycling opportunities contact Michael Thomson at Sport Inclusion Australia on 03 5762 7494 or email michael.thomson@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

Weather impacts 23rd Australian Tennis Championships Melbourne

The 23rd Australian Tennis Championships will be remembered as the championships were Tim Gould claimed back to back II-2 singles titles, Oska Taylor and Mitchell Meares claim the first II-3 doubles championship, Archie Graham and Carla Lenarduzzi take out their first mixed doubles title and the weather that caused all games on the final day to be abandoned.

Tennis Australia continued the expansion of the Championships to include the new Virtus II-3 category for players with Autism.  Having introduced Mixed doubles and the II-2 category in the previous two years, this latest expansion ensuring a record number of competitors.

With 8 players entering the II-3 singles, a doubles competition was also viable and added to the schedule.

The record fields also brought about a new format for the mixed doubles which was played as a knockout fast four competition.  The new revamped competition being played on the Wednesday afternoon ensured a quick result and provided ample time for all other singles and doubles matches to be played.

In its third year, the mixed doubles has seen three different pairings take out the title.  Inaugural Champions Sam Von Einem and Yasmin Sanders came up against defending champions Damian Phillips and Kelly Wren in the semi final, with Phillips/Wren winning through to the final (4-1) against Archie Graham and Carla Lenarduzzi.  Graham and Lenarduzzi winning a close match 5-4 to claim their first first title as a pairing.

With smoke and heat in the news leading into the Championships players were expecting a number of delays due to the weather.  Unfortunately the heat impacted on Thursday afternoon and again Friday afternoon making for a tough final day with a large number of games still to be completed.

The final day saw players on court preparing for their matches when unfortunately the rain began to fall, after 4 hours of waiting and no end in sight for the rain, the competition officials made the decision to abandon all games.  With the mixed doubles the only competition played to completion, organisers were presented with some tough decisions to determine the outcome of each category.

The II-2 mens singles and II-3 men’s doubles had both finished their round robin component where all players had played against each other enabling the titles in these two categories to be awarded to the top ranked player and pairing.

In the II-2 men’s singles Tim Gould had completed the round robin phase undefeated and was therefore declared the Champion with Tim Walsh the runner up, a repeat of the 2019 Championship.

Likewise in the II-3 doubles Oska Taylor and Mitchell Meares finished their round robin phase undefeated with Orlando Thompson and Jake Vincent the runners-up.

All other finals were unable to be determined and therefore were cancelled with no Champions to be declared for 2020.

It wasn’t just the ranking points or prizemoney that officials will need to determine, as the Championships were also the main selection trial for the Australian team which will contest the Virtus Tennis World Championships in Belgium later this year.

Congratulations must go to the tournament officials for the way they handled the weather conditions keeping all players informed of delays and doing their best to get as many games completed as possible.


Contact

  • George Shepeard (Tournament Director) 0466 932 457
  • Robyn Smith (CEO Sport Inclusion Australia) 0418 979 459

Ascui, Broeren and Powning Claim first Cycling National Titles

Victoria’s Andre Ascui, Nathan Broeren and Georgia Powning have claimed the inaugural National Cycling Champion titles for athletes with an intellectual impairment at the Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat.

Introduced by Cycling Australia to the 2020 National Championship program following the successful INAS Global Games cycling program cyclists were offered time trial and road race events for the first time.

Brunswick Cycling Club’s Nathan Broeren was the first to claim the a national title in the men’s individual time trial on day 1.  Broeren completed the two lap course around the Federation University campus in 30 minutes and 20 seconds, more than 2 minutes ahead of Harry Mezger (Preston CC) in second place and Andre Ascui (Preston CC) a further 40 seconds back in third place.

Having worn the green and gold on three occasions at the 2009, 2011 and 2019 INAS Global Games, Broeren was pleased to earn the Green and Gold stripes which he will proudly wear for the next 12 months as National Champion.

“I have represented Australia on three occasions and it feels great to be able to win a National title.” said Broeren

Not far behind Broeren was Preston Cycling Club’s Georgia Powning.  Powning completed her two lap course in 36 minutes and 58 seconds almost 2 minutes ahead of Chloe Turner (Preston CC) with Montana Whiteley (Preston CC)  a further 20 seconds back in third position.  All three cyclists recently represented Australia at the INAS Global Games in cycling with Powning also competing in Athletics where she collected a Bronze medal in the women’s 3000m

“It feels good and I am very proud to be a National Champion” said Powning  “It was a really hilly and tough course but I used my gears and got out of the saddle” she said.

Day 4 of the Championships saw the cyclists compete in the Road race events.  The women’s 30km event saw Powning, Turner and Whiteley finish in the same order as the time trial, while in the men’s event Andre Ascui (Preston CC), the Bronze medallist from the men’s time trial took out his first National Championship completing the 40km course in 1 hour 20 minutes and 41 seconds well clear of his closest rivals.  The battle for the minor medals was a closer tussle between Carlo Manolitsas (Preston CC) and Montgomery Cooper (St Kilda CC).  It was Manolitsas who maintained his pace well over the first three laps and then made the decisive break on the tiring Cooper as they entered the final hill climb.  After a fast early pace Cooper was unable to respond to Manolitsas, holding on for the Bronze medal.

After losing his way on the time trial course earlier in the week a silver medal in the road race was a wonderful personal achievement and a great way to finish the Championships for Manolitsas.

The hilly course challenged most of the cyclists who are still learning their craft and in particular gear changing.  “We have worked hard at training and were expecting the big hill climb so our riders were well prepared, and it showed in their performances” said Liz Gosper from Inclusive Sport Training.

Cyclists and families were full of praise for Cycling Australia not only for the inclusion of the events but also for making the athletes and the supporters feel welcome and part of the cycling family.

“Cycling Australia was pleased to include the athletes with intellectual disability into the Federation University Road National Championship.  Cycling is a sport for all Australians and we look forward to growing the number of opportunities for riders of all abilities”.  Said Kipp Kaufmann, General Manager – Sport at Cycling Australia.

“To have a sport identify the need to include athletes within their existing program is amazing and testimony to Cycling Australia’s commitment to inclusion”.  Said Robyn Smith Chief Executive Officer Sport Inclusion Australia.  “Furthermore to hear many positive comments from the cycling community welcoming the energy and enthusiasm that the cyclists and their supporters bring to the event is also very rewarding.” Smith said.

Cyclists will now focus on the upcoming VIRTUS Cycling World Championships to be held in Portugal in July.

 

Contact
For more information on the cycling opportunities for athletes with intellectual impairment including the upcoming VIRTUS Cycling World Championships contact Sport Inclusion Australia at 03 5762 7494 or email mail@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au

Boomerangs set to take on World’s Best

Sport Inclusion Australia and Basketball Australia have pleasure in announcing the players to represent Australia in the men’s Basketball competition at the 2019 INAS Global Games.

Known as the Boomerangs, the men’s basketball team features seven players that won Bronze at the last INAS Basketball World Championships in Italy in 2017 (Jake De La Motte (VIC), Joshua Cleary (TAS), Wayne Kinross (SA), Brad Kinross (SA), Justin Koenig (ACT), James Myers (VIC) and Frazer Dawber (VIC)).  South Australian brothers Keenan and Zachary Georg-Dent along with Victoria’s James DeBetta and Ryan Briggs are making their debut in the Green and Gold.

Head Coach Julia Walsh will take the Boomerangs into her first INAS Global Games after a long preparation period.  “We have a very experienced team of players that have competed at previous INAS Global Games and World Championships and along with our new players they have all worked very hard over the past 12 months to prepare for these Games.” Walsh said.

The Boomerangs have never finished higher than third and with the current European and World Championship Gold medallist France and Silver medallists Portugal coming, the Boomerangs will have to be at their best, but with the top point scorer from the last INAS World Championships and Australian Ivor Burge Championships, Jake De La Motte in good form the team are confident of matching it with their European opponents and hopefully achieving their best ever result.

“It has been a pleasure to watch this team come together and develop under the tutelage of Julia, they have blended well as a team and we are hopeful of this team improving on the 2017 INAS World Championship Bronze medal”. said Sport Inclusion Australia CEO Robyn Smith.

The INAS Global Games will be held in Brisbane from 12-19 October with the men’s Basketball competition scheduled for 13-19 October.

Boomerangs Basketball team for the 2019 INAS Global Games

Players: Joshua Cleary (Tas), Frazer Dawber (Vic), Jake De La Motte (Vic), James Debetta (Vic), Keenan George-Dent (SA), Zachary George-Dent (SA), Wayne Kinross (SA), Brad Kinross (SA), Justin Koenig (ACT), James Myers (Vic)

Head Coach: Julia Walsh (Vic),

Manager: Glen Jordan (Vic)

Asst Coaches: Damian Clarke (Vic), Ryan Holloway (Vic), Emma Neilson (Vic)

Contact:
Julia Walsh, Head Coach 0431 731 314
Robyn Smith, CEO Sport Inclusion Australia 0418 979 459

Players on request via Glen Jordan Manager 0415 315 025


About GG2019

The INAS Global Games is a world-class sporting competition for elite athletes with an intellectual impairmentthat represents the peak of sporting achievement. Held once every four years, the Global Games sees competitors from up to 80 countries going for gold and vying for the honour of being recognised as the best in their field.

Over seven intensive days of competition, athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators alike will revel in the spectacle of world-class and friendly rivalry, whilst simultaneously enjoying the welcoming inclusive spirit of the Games. Sports competition will be held in Brisbane bests sporting facilities including Sleeman Sports Complex, Queensland Tennis Centre and Queensland State Athletics Centre to name a few.

The INAS Global Games is a celebration of cultural diversity and allows athletes to compete in a secure, fun and friendly environment. The Games also work to promote INAS’s goals of changing attitudes, challenging perceptions, creating opportunities, developing pathways and strengthening communities.


Ten  Official INAS Sports at the INAS Global Games – Brisbane 2019

·       Athletics

·       Cycling

·       Swimming

·       Tennis

·       Basketball

·       Futsal

·       Table Tennis

·       Cricket

·       Rowing

·       Taekwondo – Poomsae

AFL – will host a Demonstration event (Male AFL Players with intellectual impairment)

Netball – The Marie Little Shield (National Championships for Female netballers with Intellectual Impairment)

Largest Swim Team to represent Australia

Sport Inclusion Australia today announced the team of 39 swimmers to represent Australia at the 2019 INAS Global Games (GG2019) in Brisbane in October.  The team is the largest team assembled for an INAS competition consisting of several World Record holders, Paralympians, World Champions, one former Olympian and 11 debutants.

Australia has competed at every Global Games and our swimmers have dominated the pool on every occasion, with Australia finishing on top of the Games medal tally at the past three Games.

“Australia has a proud and successful record in swimming at all levels, it is exciting to see the blend of experience and youth in this team which we are sure will do Australia and themselves proud in Brisbane.” said Robyn Smith CEO of Sport Inclusion Australia.

The Games will be the first time many of these swimmers have had the opportunity to compete in an international event on home soil in front of family and friends.

Stand-out performances are expected from Individual World Record holders Liam Schluter (QLD) Phoebe Mitchell (VIC) and Colin Marks (QLD). However, such a large team of high-performing athletes will produce many memorable moments.

The 2019 INAS Global Games will see the introduction of the II-2 and II-3 groups which feature athletes with Down syndrome and High functioning Autism respectively.  Mitchell has dominated the Down syndrome World Championships and currently holds 7 individual World Records. She has a full program having been selected in 11 events, but will clearly have to cut back her events come Games time.

Adelaide’s Magdalena Moshi represented Tanzania at the 2012 Olympics in London.  Now an Australian citizen, Moshi has resumed swimming and is looking forward to representing Australia in Brisbane in the II-3 events.

“It is exciting to see the three groups coming together as one team for the first time as well as the blend of experienced and new swimmers.” said head coach Andrew (Herbie) Howard.

The teams youngest competitor Lachlan Hanratty (NSW) is just 15 years of age with NSW’s Patrick Donachie the oldest competitor at 36 years of age.  Donachie first represented Australia at the 2000 Paralympics where he won a Gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay.

Schluter, the World record holder in the 200m and 400m freestyle events, will head to London in September as part of the Australian Dolphins team for the World Para Swimming Championships along with Jade Lucy (NSW), Jack Ireland (QLD) and Madeleine McTernan (QLD).

The 2019 INAS Global Games will be the first international experience for 10 swimmers, and 11 swimmers will wear the green and gold for the first time.

The swimming competition will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane from 13 to 19 October 2019.  For more information on the 2019 INAS Global Games visit www.globalgames2019.org

 

Australian Swim Team – INAS Global Games, Brisbane 2019

Joshua Alford (ACT), Taylor Anderton (QLD), Liam Bailey-Rose (QLD)*, Claire Barr (VIC)*, Russell Booysen (QLD), Harry Cahill (QLD), Katrina Coffey (QLD), Amy Cook (NSW), Michael Cox (QLD), Lily Crawford (NSW), Jack Dixon (QLD), Patrick Donachie (NSW), Bradley Doolan (VIC), Jarrod Dyer (NSW)*, Nicole Fielden (QLD)*, Jeremy Gawne (QLD), Darcy Gilson (NSW)*, Lachlan Hanratty (NSW)*, Nikesha Harding (NSW), Gabriella Howells (NSW), Jack Ireland (QLD), Victoria Jessamine (NSW)*, Caitlin Kerby (QLD), Mitchell Kilduff (NSW), Paige Leonhardt (QLD),  Jade Lucy (NSW), Colin Marks (QLD), Madeleine McTernan (QLD), Phoebe Mitchell (VIC), Benjamin Morrison (VIC), Magdalena Moshi (SA)*, Ashley-Kate Schlenner (QLD), Liam Schluter (QLD), Bailey Stewart (QLD)*, Benjamin Stokes (ACT), Ruby Storm (VIC), Mitchell Toohey (QLD), Ashley Van Rijswijk (NSW)*, Sarah Wallace (QLD)*.   Debutants identified with *

  • Head Coach: Andrew(Herbie) Howard (QLD)
  • Manager: June Cotter (QLD)
  • Asst Coaches: David Heyden (QLD), Sadat-Jon Hussain (VIC), Craig Tobin (QLD), Guilherme Santos (QLD)

 

Contacts

Herbie Howard – Head Coach
herbieh@bigpond.net.au
0439 723 524

Robyn Smith – CEO, Sport Inclusion Australia
robyn.smith@sportinclusionaustralia.org.au
0418 979 459

 

About GG2019

The INAS Global Games is a world-class sporting competition for elite athletes with an intellectual impairmentthat represents the peak of sporting achievement. Held once every four years, the Global Games sees competitors from up to 80 countries going for gold and vying for the honour of being recognised as the best in their field.

Over seven intensive days of competition, athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators alike will revel in the spectacle of world-class and friendly rivalry, whilst simultaneously enjoying the welcoming inclusive spirit of the Games. Sports competition will be held in Brisbane bests sporting facilities including Sleeman Sports Complex, Queensland Tennis Centre and Queensland State Athletics Centre to name a few.

The INAS Global Games is a celebration of cultural diversity and allows athletes to compete in a secure, fun and friendly environment. The Games also work to promote INAS’s goals of changing attitudes, challenging perceptions, creating opportunities, developing pathways and strengthening communities.

Ten Official INAS Sports at the INAS Global Games – Brisbane 2019

  • Athletics
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Futsal
  • Table Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rowing
  • Taekwondo – Poomsae
  • AFL will host a Demonstration event (Male AFL Players with intellectual impairment)
  • Netball The Marie Little Shield (National Championships for Female netballers with Intellectual Impairment)

Australian Cycling team for the 2019 INAS Global Games announced

Nathan Broeren on recent tour in Germany April 2019

The Australian cycling team for the INAS Global Games – Brisbane 2019 will be the largest cycling team ever selected for an INAS competition.  The team of 8 men and 5 women will represent Australia at the Games in road and track cycling.

“We are delighted to see so many athletes step up for the Games and the support of Cycling Victoria and Cycling Australia providing the pathway and opportunities for these athletes” said Robyn Smith CEO of Sport Inclusion Australia.

Sport Inclusion Australia works with sporting organisations to be inclusive and to provide opportunities for all Australians.

“We are pleased to be supporting the INAS Global Games and Sport Inclusion Australia in providing opportunities for people with an Intellectual Impairment to represent Australia.  We look forward to continuing to work with Sport Inclusion Australia to provide further opportunities in the future.”  said Cycling Australia General Manager – Sport Kipp Kaufmann.

The INAS Global Games is the peak competition for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment.  Held every 4 years, Brisbane will host the 5th INAS Global Games from the 12th to the 19th of October.

Australia has competed at all 4 previous Games but has only sent cyclists to the 2009 and 2011 games in the Czech Republic and Italy.  Victoria’s Nathan Broeren has competed and medalled at both Games and will return for the Games in Brisbane.  Broeren will be joined by fellow Victorians: Andre Ascui, Carlo Manolitsas, Cameron Marshall, Harry Mezger, Julian Ursini and Jamieson Whiteley along with Queensland’s Nathan Glarvey.

Our women’s team of Annaliese Hodge, Chloe Turner, Molly Thatcher, Montana Whiteley and Georgia Powning all come from Victoria.

The team also sees the first brother and sister representation with Montana and Jamieson Whiteley.

Victoria should be well proud of its contribution to this team with 12 of the 13 athletes selected hailing from the southern state.

Broeren collected two Bronze medals in the Individual Time Trial and Team Time Trial in 2009 and also finished 2nd in the overall standings.  In Italy he finished 3rd in the Men’s Road Race.

Apart from Broeren the INAS Global Games will be the first appearance for all as cyclists in the Green and Gold and the first experience for Head Coach Brad Reardon of Queensland.  “I am looking forward to the Games and importantly helping this team of cyclists to perform at their best in front of a home crowd.” Reardon said.

Queensland’s Nathan Glarvey

Glarvey first represented Australia at the INAS Athletics World Championships in 2001 in Tunisia and then Canberra in 2005, while Mezger, Turner, Powning, Whiteley (Montana) and Manolitsas all represented Australia at the INAS World Half Marathon in Portugal in 2018.

The Opening Ceremony for the INAS Global Games is on the 12th of October with cycling events to kick off on the 14th.  Brisbane will see the introduction of track cycling for the first time on the INAS Global Games program.

Australian Cycling Team – INAS Global Games – Brisbane 2019

Men

  • Nathan Broeren (VIC)
  • Harry Mezger (VIC)
  • Cameron Marshall (VIC)
  • Julian Ursini (VIC)
  • Andre Ascui (VIC
  • Carlo Manolitsas (VIC)
  • Jamieson Whiteley (VIC)
  • Nathan Glarvey (QLD)

Women

  • Annaliese Hodge (VIC)
  • Chloe Turner (VIC)
  • Montana Whiteley (VIC)
  • Georgia Powning (VIC)
  • Molly Thatcher (VIC)

Head Coach: Brad Reardon (QLD)

Congratulations Noeleen Dix AM

Noeleen Dix has excelled at sport both on and off the court.    As an athlete she represented Victoria at National Netball Championships  and in 1981 she made her debut for Australia playing in the Netball tri-series against England and New Zealand.

Her biggest contribution to the sport came when she joined Netball Australia as National Executive Director in 1988 and was general manager of the 1991 Netball World Cup organising committee when the tournament was played in Sydney.

Such was Dix’s influence that she was awarded the 1992 Confederation of Australian Sport Administrator of the Year for the management of the world championships.

Noeleen served as President of Netball Australia for ten years, during which time she played a major role in:

  • establishing the ANZ Championship in 2008
  • leading the Netball Australia governance reform
  • successfully bidding for the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney,
  • was also Australia’s International Delegate to the International Netball Federation (INF) Board at three International Congress Meetings and Honorary Secretary of the Asian Netball Region, and
  • saw Australia a clear No.1 in the world having won the past three Netball World Cups – 2007, 2011 and 2015 – as well as ending the country’s 12-year Commonwealth Games Gold Medal drought in 2014.

Proud of Australia’s achievements on the international stage, Noeleen was equally proud of Netball’s successes at grass roots with the ANZ NetSetGO program which has grown to have over 200,000 youngsters registered.

Well regarded and acknowledged by her peers for having a very strong values system, and respected for her honesty, integrity and transparency.

The Global Games Sports Company is delighted to have someone of the calibre of Noeleen Dix on it’s Board and congratulates Noeleen on her achievements and her contribution to sport, contribution that saw Noeleen made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this years Queens Birthday Honours list.

Boxing Legend Jeff Horn: Ambassador For INAS Global Games 2019

Caps: Daniel Fox, Robyn Smith, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Jeff Horn

Australia’s boxing legend Jeff Horn has thrown his weight into the ring as the third official Ambassador for the 2019 INAS Global Games – Brisbane.

The former WBO Welterweight Champion who calls Brisbane home was a natural choice for the Ambassador role.

“I’m honoured to join the INAS Global Games and very excited to play a role in this inspirational celebration of athletic ability,” Horn said.

The INAS Global Games, held every four years, is the world’s largest sporting event for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment and will be held 12-19 October in Brisbane.  Over 1,000 athletes will compete across nine sports in a celebration of sport, culture and ability.

Media Launch: Daniel Fox, Jeff Horn and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

“Being born and bred in Brisbane I am very proud to be an Ambassador for this major sporting event and I am certainly encouraging everyone to come along and experience the unique greatness of these Games.”

“With athletes from up to 80 countries proudly contesting success throughout these Games, we will see not only exceptional athletic prowess, but witness the courage and determination as these international athletes strive to be the very best that they can be,” adds Horn.

The boxing great joins Australia’s tennis legend, Pat Rafter and Paralympic swimming sensation Daniel Fox as 2019 INAS Global Games Ambassadors.

“It’s great to have Jeff along on the GG2019 journey with the compelling passion and sheer determination he shows in the ring.  I know his reputation and ability to connect with all of Australia and globally will be a real benefit in promoting the INAS Global Games,” says GGSC CEO, Robyn Smith.

“It is not only Jeff’s fighting spirit and his success in the ring that makes him the perfect Ambassador; it is his humble demeanor and personal commitment for inclusivity in schools and society, as he leads the way to reduce bullying and discrimination, that makes him stand out,” adds Smith.

In joining Pat Rafter and Daniel Fox, Jeff Horn will be actively promoting the vision of the Global Games – that inclusive sport has the ability to change attitudes, challenge perceptions and strengthen communities both locally and globally.

 

For more information contact:
Global Games Sports Company
mail@gg2019.org