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Australia at the 2004 Summer Paralympics

Australia at the Paralympic Games

Flag of Australia
IPC code  AUS
NPC Australian Paralympic Committee
At the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens
Competitors 151
Flag bearer Louise Sauvage (Opening) Matthew Cowdrey (Closing)
Rank: 5
Paralympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Australia competed at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. The team included 151 athletes (91 men and 60 women).[1] Australian competitors won 101 medals (26 gold, 39 silver and 36 bronze) to finish fifth in the gold medal table and second on the total medal table.[2] The Australian team was smaller than the Sydney Games due to a strict selection policy related to the athletes' potential to win a medal[3] and the International Paralympic Committee's decision to remove events for athletes with an intellectual disability from the Games due to issues of cheating at the Sydney Games. The IPC decision resulted in leading Australian athletes such as Siobhan Paton and Lisa Llorens not being able to defend their Paralympic titles. Australia competed in 12 sports and won medals in 8 sports. The Chef de Mission was Paul Bird.[4]

Leading Australian athletes included:


  • Medalists 1
  • Events 2
    • Archery 2.1
    • Athletics 2.2
    • Cycling 2.3
    • Equestrian 2.4
    • Judo 2.5
    • Powerlifting 2.6
    • Sailing 2.7
    • Shooting 2.8
    • Swimming 2.9
    • Wheelchair basketball 2.10
    • Wheelchair rugby 2.11
    • Wheelchair tennis 2.12
  • Administration 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6





Australia represented in archery:
Women - Natalie Cordowiner Officials - Vicki O'Brien (Manager)[5][4]

Australia's sole competitor did not win a medal.


Australia represented in athletics:

Men - Kieran Ault-Connell, Malcolm Bennett, Paul Benz, Damien Burroughs, Richard Colman, Roy Daniell, Don Elgin, Rodney Farr, Kurt Fearnley, Heath Francis, Neil Fuller, Benjamin Hall, Paul Harpur, Brian Harvey, Lachlan Jones, Nicholas Larionow, John Lindsay, Hamish MacDonald, Tim Matthews, Richard Nicholson, Paul Nunnari, Federic Periac, Russell Short, Timothy Sullivan, Darren Thrupp, Geoff Trappett, Bruce Wallrodt, Stephen Wilson, Mark Whitman (guide)
Women - Angie Ballard, Joanne Bradshaw, Gemma Buchholz, Christie Dawes, Louise Ellery, Amanda Fraser, Lara Hollow, Julie Iles, Lisa McIntosh, Louise Sauvage, Eliza Stankovic, Katrina Webb, Debbie Wendt, Jodi Willis, Amy Winters
Coaches - Scott Goodman (Head), Paul Angel, Richard Bednall, Andrew Dawes, Iryna Dvoskina, John Eden, Brett Jones, Gary Lees, Alison O'Riordan Officials - Andrew Faichney (Manager), Louise Mogg, Paul Rohwer, Greg Jones, Jodie Carey

Australia won 10 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze to finish second on the athletics medal tally. Leading athletes were Tim Sullivan (4 gold), Kurt Fearnley (2 gold) and Amy Winters (2 gold).[5][4]


Australia represented in cycling:
MenGreg Ball, Anthony Biddle, Robert Crowe, Peter Brooks, Peter Homann, Mark le Flohic, Kieran Modra, Andrew Panazzolo, Christopher Scott, David Short, Kial Stewart
WomenLindy Hou, Lyn Lepore, Janelle Lindsay, Kelly McCombie, Claire McLean, Jenny MacPherson, Toireasa Ryan, Janet Shaw
Coaches - Kevin McIntosh (Head), Darryl Benson, Andrew Budge Officials - Elsa Lepore (Manager), John Beer, Paul Lamond

Australia won 10 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze to be the leading nation on the cycling medal tally. Leading cyclists were Christopher Scott (3 gold), Greg Ball (2 gold) and Kieran Modra (2 gold).[5][4]


Australia represented in equestrian:
Women – Marita Hird, Jan Pike, Anne Skinner
Coaches - Gillian Rickard (Head), Anne Hall Officials - Sue Cusack (Manager), Judy Fyfe

Jan Pike on her horse Dr Doolittle won a silver and bronze medal in dressage events.[5][4]


Australia represented in judo:
MenAnthony Clarke Women – Desiree Allan Coach - Trevor Kschammer (Head), Lara Sullivan

Australia failed to win any medals.[5][4]


Australia represented in powerlifting:
MenDarren Gardiner, Steve Green, Wayne Sharpe Women - Deahnne McIntyre
Coaches – Martin Leach (Coach), Michael Farrell

Darren Gardiner won a silver medal. He originally finished third but was awarded the silver medal after Habibollah Mousavi, gold medallist in +100 kg was disqualified after a positive doping test.[6][5][4]


Australia represented in sailing:
Men - Jamie Dunross, Colin Harrison, Jeff Milligan, Peter Thompson
Coaches – Lachlan Gilbert (Head), Geoff Chambers

Australia failed to win any medals in the two sailing events.[5][4]


Australia represented in shooting:
Men - Ashley Adams, James Nomarhas, Peter Worsley, David Ziebarth WomenLibby Kosmala
Coaches - Miroslav Sipek(Head), Hans Heiderman Officials - Michelle Fletcher (Manager), Craig Jarvis, Elizabeth Ziebarth

Australia won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal through Ashley Adams' performances.[5][4]


Australia represented in swimming:
MenBen Austin, Daniel Bell, Sam Bramham, Matthew Cowdrey, Alex Harris, Alex Hadley, Grant Dale, Matt Levy, Jeremy McClure, Ricardo Moffatti, Rick Pendleton, Kobie Scott, Alastair Smales, Rod Welsh
WomenKaterina Bailey, Sarah Bowen, Lichelle Clarke, Mandy Drennan, Marayke Jonkers, Kat Lewis, Hannah MacDougall, Katrina Porter, Sarah Rose, Dianne Saunders, Jessica Smith, Brooke Stockham, Prue Watt, Stacey Williams, Chantel Wolfenden
Coaches - Brendan Keogh (Head), John Beckworth, Peter Bishop, Graeme Carroll, Gwen Godfrey, Paul Simms Officials - Adam Luscombe (Manager), Zoe Young, Brendan Burkett,

Australia won 6 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze and finished 5th on the swimming total medals tally and 11th on the gold medal tally. Matthew Cowdrey won 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Prue Watt won five silver and 2 bronze medals.[5][4]

Wheelchair basketball

Australia represented in wheelchair basketball:
MenBrendan Dowler, Justin Eveson, Andrew Flavel, Adrian King, Tristan Knowles, Campbell Message, Grant Mizens, Brad Ness, Shaun Norris, Troy Sachs, David Selby, Daryl Taylor Coaches - Bernard Treseder (Head), Alan Cox, Craig Friday Officials - Kelvin Browner
WomenLisa Chaffey, Shelley Chaplin, Paula Coghlan, Melanie Domaschenz, Karen Farrell, Kylie Gauci, Tina McKenzie, Alison Mosely, Jane Sachs, Sarah Stewart, Liesl Tesch, Melinda Young CoachesGerry Hewson, Darryl Durham Officials - Sonia Healy (Manager), Michael Dowling

Australian men's team the 'Rollers' and the women's team the 'Gliders' won silver medals.[5][4]

Wheelchair rugby

Australia represented in wheelchair rugby:
Men - Steve Porter, Steve Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Ryan Scott, Scott Vitale
Coaches - Terry Vinyard (Head), Glenn Stephens Officials - Kim Ellwood (Manager), Robert Doidge, Maria Spiller

Australia finished 5th in the tournament.[5][4]

Wheelchair tennis

Australia represented in wheelchair tennis:
MenAnthony Bonaccurso, David Hall, Ben Weekes WomenDaniela Di Toro
Coaches - Greg Crump (Head) Officials - Sallee Trewin (Manager)

Australia won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.[5][4]


Headquarters staff - Paul Bird (Chef de Mission), Ken Brown (Assistant Chef de Mission), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission), Doug Denby (Assistant Chef de Mission), Jason Hellwig (Director of Operations), Natalie Jenkins (Sports Administration Officer), Jacqui Knife (Sports Administration Officer), Richard Mathews (Attache), Stephen Mathews (Manager Security), Tony Naar (Manager Sport), Graeme Watts
Sports Medicine and Sports Science - Syd Bourke (Director Medical), John Camens, Lily Chiu, Liz Cloughessy (Medical Coordinator), Kieran Cusack, Maria Di Michele, Mick Jordan, David Lee, Murray Lydeamore (Welfare Coordinator), Mark MacDonald, Ingrid McKay, Claire Nichols, David Spurrier, Greg Ungerer, Luke Vladich
Media - Graham Cassidy, Katie Hodge, Margaret McDonald, David Lutteral[5][4]

See also


  1. ^ "Participation Numbers Athens 2004 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Medal Standings Athens 2004 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Paralympic Games History - Summer". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Media Guide - Athens 2004. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Historical Results Database". International Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "15 November 2004". International Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

External links

  • Australian Paralympic Committee Media Guide Athens 2004
  • Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report 2003-2004 - reports from the Australian team.
  • International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database - detailed listing of results
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