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Introducing Meica Christensen!

Hi everyone, my name is Meica! As a child, I played all types of sport, mostly with able-bodied athletes, and my biggest dream was to compete at the Olympics. I was always a very sporty child but being born with an Ocular Containous Albinism (vision impairment) I struggled to play sport outside due to the sun. It wasn’t until high school where I was introduced to Goalball, that I even considered the Paralympics.

I had quite a hard time in high school. I often rebelled due to constant bullying and did everything I could to get out of school and sport. However, when a high school friend asked me to come along to Goalball, I quickly found where I belonged.

My international debut didn’t start like most others. Goalball in Australia wasn’t very competitive at the time and the Aussie team only consisted of three players. So after only a few short months of playing, I made my Australian debut at the Malmo Lady’s Intercup in Malmo, Sweden in 2004. After competing at this competition I felt that I wasn’t up to the standard required to be great, but knew I wanted to be one of the best players in this sport. So I pushed myself to work super hard to get to where I wanted to be.

I have now been playing internationally for 16 years and still love it as much as I did when I first wore the green and gold. On a national levelI have now competed in many state championships and 12 national championships. I have also competed in many international events including Trans Tasmin, regional championships, IBSA World Games, four world championships and two Paralympic games.

In 2015 I was named highest goal scorer at the Asia Oceania Championships and in July 2019 I will head to Fort Wayne Indiana to compete in the 2019 IBSA World Games with the hopes to qualify for Tokyo 2020. This is the second of three qualifying chances for this event with the last being the Asia Oceania regional championships held in Chiba Japan, December 2019. This will be my last Paralympic campaign and I hope to go out with a bang. Not only do I wish to qualify for Tokyo but I would love a medal once I get there.

Thank you for your continuous support!

Hard Work and Good Times for JDP Members

Twenty members of the Association’s 2019 Junior Development Program (JDP) enjoyed hard work and good times at the annual live in camp at Tallebudgera Leisure Centre on the Gold Coast in early July.

The promising athletes aged 13-19 years came from across the state including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Gladstone, Toowoomba, Townsville, Mackay and Cairns. They were supported by JDP Coordinator Nick Such and 6 coaches from Wheelchair Basketball, Swimming, Boccia and Athletics.

As well as training sessions, the athletes attended presentations on Strength and Conditioning, Anti-Doping information updates and a special presentation on building how to engage and work with media as an athlete. We extend our thanks to Sporting Wheelies Stakeholder Engagement Officer Martin Grose for leading this session.

JDP camp coordinator Nick Such said “the camp provided a valuable opportunity for athletes to get to know other young people with disabilities and fast-track their development. It’s amazing how a bond of friendship can be made in such a short time through sport,” he said.

“It was exciting to watch the athletes pick up new skills and develop in front of your eyes into potential champions. “The young athletes were more than willing to engage in sports other than their own, try new things and have fun along the way.”

“The last day of camp the athletes were able to have a go at the 10m high climbing wall. Some were very nervous and initially reluctant, but the support shown by all to each other soon turned that apprehension to achievement when they rattled the chains at the top of the wall. That defines what a camp like JDP does.”

On behalf of this years participants in the Junior Development Camp, we would like to thank the 2019 JDP Camp coaches and support staff Matt Andersen (camp wellness), Tom Kyle (wheelchair basketball coach), Adam Darragh (wheelchair basketball coach), Michael Oxley (wheelchair basketball coach), Stephen Eaton (Boccia coach), Karen Gilchrist (Swimming coach) and Murray Goodwin (Athletics coach). We would also like to thank the Titans for being part of this years camp. The support you show for the Association is great and our juniors thoroughly enjoyed your visit.

The Ball is Rolling in all things Boccia

The Boccia Tri-Series is fast approaching and is always a great opportunity for both new players, looking to further develop their skills in a competition setting, and for players, ramp assistants, coaches, referees and volunteers to prepare for the Boccia Battle.

Coming up we also have our 2019 Boccia Battle (Queensland Boccia Championships) which will incorporate the Boccia Australia National Titles for the first time ever. Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association are very proud to be partnering with Boccia Australia to host the national championships in Brisbane from 1-4 November at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Nomination kits will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, and we look forward to welcoming the best boccia players from around the state and from around the country. Our members will still have the opportunity to compete for Queensland titles in each class, and those selected in the Queensland Boccia Team prior to the event will also compete for national titles.

Due to the demolition of the previous venue, our Boccia members will now be based at our new hub, the Gold Coast Recreation Centre from 2 – 4pm Saturdays. Our Gold Coast Wheelchair Rugby Program and the annual Junior Development Program Camp will also be hosted at this venue.

 

 

 

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