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State Coach (N.E.W.S 2019) Applications NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest for the position of Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S.) 2019 are now being accepted. Applications close on Friday the 5th of December. The role requires a person that is passionate, dedicated and eager to get involved.

N.E.W.S. 2019 will be held from the 13th – 20th of April 2019, at the Sydney Academy of Sports. The State Coach will be in charge of selecting a squad and running training sessions for the remainder of the Victorian Powerchair Sports League and will also require full attendance at the National event.

You can find the duties and responsibilities of State Coach below. Please read carefully if interested in applying.

State Coach of N.E.W.S. – Duties and Responsibilities

Please provide a brief explanation on why you would be suitable for the role and what you can bring to the team. Applications are to be sent to President, Luke David, via email (

History of N.E.W.S

N.E.W.S. is specifically for people who use electric wheelchairs for their everyday mobility. It was created for people with neuromuscular disorders to compete on an equal playing field.

N.E.W.S, was the brainchild of Roger Melnyk, who had a type of Muscular Dystrophy and was the Executive Officer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Victoria. He took his idea to the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of Australia and the sports were developed to give athletes an opportunity to compete for their state.

N.E.W.S is the showcase for electric wheelchair sports in Australia. It is an unique annual event which displays the all round skills of each athlete in the three sports of Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby (Touch Football). Today, we have competing teams from, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. The games are played in a highly competitive atmosphere.

The standard of play at N.E.W.S has improved every year since the first games in 1986.

Victorian Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports:

’86, ’87, ’91, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’10, ’12, 16′ Roger Melnyk Winners
’86, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’13, 16′, 17′ Hockey Champions
’04, ’09 Balloon Soccer Champions
’18 Powerchair Hockey Champions

Victorian Warriors (2018)