Being named low point four at Brisbane Bash back to back 2012/13. Rookie of the year 2012.
2008 AFL Grand Final
Ben Fawcett was on a snowboarding holiday in New Zealand when his life changed forever. Just a few hours into the trip, the then 19-year-old was snowboarding down a mountain when he took a jump, landed badly and broke his neck.
Ben discovered wheelchair rugby while in rehabilitation at Royal Talbot and knew it was the sport for him. He threw himself into it and has been training with the Australian squad since the beginning of 2013. He will make his Australian debut at the Be the Influence Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations in Sydney against the USA and New Zealand.
Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Mike Letch OAM. Kelly Slater, William Trubridge, Jason Bridges
Winning gold for NZ at Athens 2004; being named best 2.5 player at the 2010 World Championships
John Maclean completing the Hawaiian Iron Man, Kurt Fearnley completing the Kokoda Trail, Oscar Pistorius competing at the Olympic Games, Jacqui Freney’s eight gold medals in London 2012, Kelly Slater winning his 11th World Title and William Trubridge free-diving to 101m.
For most of Curtis Palmer’s international wheelchair rugby career, he competed for his adopted country of New Zealand after moving there from Australia as a 19-year-old. As part of the once world dominating WheelBlacks, Curtis tasted success at the highest level. He was instrumental in New Zealand’s gold medal victory at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, and was also part of the teams that won bronze medals at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
Winning the BC1 singles title at the 2010 National Championships
Going to his first State of Origin game and watching Queensland smash New South Wales
There is nothing Will Marshall loves more than watching his beloved Queensland beat New South Wales in the NRL’s State of Origin. As a sports lover, Will loves watching all sport, particularly the Brisbane Broncos and the Australian cricket team, and one day he hopes to represent Australia on the biggest stage for boccia, the Paralympic Games.
Tait Jenkins is one of the brightest developing stars on the Australian boccia squad. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Tait competes in the BC3 class using an assistance ramp and often comes face to face with his friend and fellow player, Daniel Michel.
Although he only took up boccia in 2011 as a way to meet new people and hopefully excel in a sport with no boundaries, he has found quick success with his keen eye, cool nerve and steady hand, leading him to victory at the 2012 and 2013 National Boccia Championships.
Watching Kieran Perkins win gold in the 1500m at the Atlanta Olympics and watching Kurt Fearnley win multiple medals
Scott Elsworth is one of two boccia athletes on the current Australian squad to have competed at a Paralympic Games. Having competed at both the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, Scott’s experience is invaluable to the other members of the Australian boccia squad who are yet to compete at the Paralympic level.
Paralympic swimmer Matt Cowdrey, plane crash survivor, author and pilot Allana Arnot Corbin and boccia players Barry Fear and Scott Elsworth
Winning gold at the 2012 Junior Titles, 2013 NSW State Titles and 2013 National Championships and being selected to the boccia Paralympic Preparation Program
Being selected for the NSW team to play at the 2010 National Championships
When Mecenzi Howard was born, no one thought she would live. Born with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, Mecenzi suffered brain damage in the last few weeks before she was born and at four days old, went into respiratory arrest.
Lawn bowls players Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy and boccia player Nigel Murray
Winning the BC2 singles title at the 2011 National Championships
Queensland’s Lachlan Kavanagh has three goals in life – to enjoy life, be healthy and become a Paralympian. As one of the longest serving athletes on the Australian boccia squad and one of the few athletes to have represented Australia internationally, Lachlan is working towards what will hopefully be his first Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.
Being asked to join the Boccia Paralympic Preparation Program
Muhummed Ali against George Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle
Jason Mayweather is a sports-mad Queenslander who loves his boxing and rugby league. Born with cerebral palsy which limited his ability to pursue both sports competitively, Jason has channelled his love of sport into the uniquely Paralympic sport of boccia.
Going undefeated to win gold at the 2009 state and national titles, winning the Boccia Australia President’s Most Improved Athlete award in 2009 and QLD Sporting Wheelies Most Improved Female Athlete in 2009
Captaining the Australian BC1-BC2 Team at the Asia Oceania Regional Championships
Fiona Lyons thought boccia was for the elderly and for years, did not want a bar of it despite people constantly suggesting she take up the sport. When she was 15, she finally relented and gave the sport a go. She hasn’t looked back since.
In 2006 she captained the BC1-BC2 Team at the Asia Oceania Regional Championships and enjoyed domestic success in 2009 where she remained undefeated at the state and national titles and won Boccia Australia’s Most Improved Athlete award and QLD Sporting Wheelies Most Improved Female Athlete award.
Being named captain of the Australian Para-boccia squad
Being in the crowd for both the Sydney Swans 2005 AFL Premiership win and Cathy Freeman winning gold at Sydney 2000
Thoughtful and considered are two words fellow athletes would use to describe Dean Nottle, whose goal in life is to be the best he can be.
The 60-year-old, who is passionate about living life to its fullest, developed a degenerative muscle disease later in life and in 2011, took up boccia as a way to be involved with sport where he wasn’t scoring or timekeeping.
Since then, he has been training with New South Wales boccia coaches in Woy Woy on the state’s central coast and hopes to make his Australian debut soon.