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Victorian Pride Warriors 2020 Team Announced

We are pleased to announce the Victorian Pride Warriors team for the 2020 National Electric Wheelchair Sports (NEWS) event to be held in Sydney between April 18th – 26th. It will be the 35th National Championships and will feature teams from New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and a mixed-team featuring players from all over Australia.

Players from our Victorian Powerchair Premier League (VPPL) Pre-Season have been selected in a squad of six (6). All six players will represent Victoria in Powerchair Hockey, Powerchair Football and Rugby League. Chris Kessaris and Craig Kilby will both make their debuts for the Warriors, while Angus, Wendy and Shaun have been selected as emergencies for the first time.

The following players have been selected in the team: *Games played for Victoria at NEWS

  1. Chris Kessaris (Debut)
  2. Jules North-Coombes (173 Games)
  3. Luke David (218 Games)
  4. Shaun Mott (36 Games)
  5. Daniel Maugeri (24 Games)
  6. Craig Kilby (Debut)

Emergency Players: Angus Lloyd, Wendy Odgers, James North-Coombes & Shaun Millett

Head Coach: Luke David

Assistant Coaches: Craig Kilby & Rebecca Gulle

Team Manager: TBA

The team will participate in training sessions and VPPL Pre-Season matches in preparations for NEWS 2020.

Victorian Pride Warriors proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility and Motion Wheelchairs.

Victoria 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, ’19 Powerchair Hockey Champions

For more information, email info@psv.org.au

All Access Holidays Sponsor Melbourne Ducks in 2020

Powerchair Sports Victoria welcomes All Access Holidays to our family of sponsors and supporters. All Access Holidays jump on board as jersey sponsors for all Melbourne Ducks Powerchair Hockey Team matches across Victorian and interstate competitions in 2020!

All Access Holidays is a NDIS registered travel provider that specialises on taking people with a disability on holidays, around Australia and beyond. “We are so excited to be supporting the mighty Melbourne Ducks in their 2020 season. They play excellent electric wheelchair hockey and we cannot wait to see what they achieve next year. Bring on the new year and many more exciting games.”

Find out more via their website: https://www.allaccessholidays.com/

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Introducing Powerchair Sports Victoria

Introducing the newest chapter in our journey, Powerchair Sports Victoria. For the past 30 years, we have been known as Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA). We as an organisation have been built from the passionate, committed and wonderful work of our players, parents and supporters since the late 1970’s.

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Our clear focus has always been on providing sport and recreational opportunities to people who use a powerchair for mobility and since our inception, we have done that and much more.

Powerchair Sports Victoria reflects our ambition of being seen and recognised as the peak sporting body for all powerchair sports. We recognise the strong growth of powerchair sports across the world and we are inspired to spread awareness and the opportunities our sports bring.

Over the past several years we have seen a rapid rise in popularity and professionalism of both Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey in Victoria and Australia. We have partnered with two professional sporting clubs to help establish Powerchair Football in Victoria. We have also introduced two new Powerchair Hockey teams to the market who have developed a healthy rivalry. Our representative teams have competed both at home and interstate in various competitions, giving our players the platform to play sports at a high level and this will only continue to grow. We have also seen some of our players in the past few years represent Australia in various events. Our future ambitions look toward creating a junior program which gives young athletes a pathway into the sports we love. Our adventure doesn’t end there as we continue to explore new sports and programs to ensure all people involved are included.

A new name and a new logo, yet we are certainly the same organisation we have always been, an organisation for the players, an organisation that strives to empower our members, not only through sport but through a strong and unified community.

Our journey has never changed, and it never will. Our goals are to increase participation and make our sports inclusive and accessible for everyone to participate in, whether it be socially or competitively. We as an organisation must push for change, provide vision for the future and collaborate with organisations from across Victoria and interstate to bring powerchair sports and our athletes the recognition and success they deserve.

We are very excited to share this new journey with you and we are extremely proud of the work we have done over the past year.

Ducks Claim 2nd Place

Two Melbourne teams attended the inaugural Powerchair Hockey Club Championships held in Sydney last month. It was a fantastic event held by Australian Powerchair Hockey Association (APCHA) which was also attended by Canada. We are so proud of our two Melbourne teams who finished the competition in 2nd and 5th place. You can find a ton of photos from the event here: https://pbase.com/wrs864/club_championships__canada_2019

Annual General Meeting 2019 Details

The Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association Annual General Meeting will be held on November 24 at Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon from 12.30pm.

We would particularly love to see our members attend, and like to invite anyone interested to come along. If you are interested in helping shape the future of VEWSA or lending your skills to assist us run the organisation, you can nominate for committee via contacting Adam Lloyd at secretary@vewsa.org.au

Notice AGM 2019

AGM Agenda 2019

Minutes of AGM 2018

Nomination Form 2019

Proxy Vote Form 2019

Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Festival 2019!

VEWSA is returning to the VDSR Festival for 2019!

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival offers Victorians with, and without, disability the opportunity to explore and experience accessible and inclusive sport and recreation through hands-on activities and information sharing.

Featuring over 30 exhibitors and three activity zones, you can come and try different inclusive sport and recreational activities and learn about programs you can get involved with in your community.

Find out who’s exhibiting at the festival and what activities will be available: https://dsr.org.au/exhibitors-activities/

Find out how to get to the festival: https://dsr.org.au/getting-to-the-festival/
We encourage everyone to use public transport, if possible, to get to the festival.

Accessibility at the festival: https://dsr.org.au/accessibility-at-the-festival/

Come and celebrate International Day of People with Disability by getting active!

When: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Crown Riverwalk, Southbank (between Queensbridge Street and Rockpool Bar & Grill)

Competition Restructure

After much discussion and debate the Competition Subcommittee has decided upon a new structure for the coming seasons to strengthen VEWSA as a more solid pathway for the future.

We are excited to announce the following:

From November 2019 until April 2020 we will have an active off-season to transition into the new format by August 2020, this will be called the VPPL 2019/20 Pre-Season. This means that over the next six months, matchdays will operate as normal but there will be no formal competition for points. This allows clubs to prepare for the club championships and for new players to learn the skills and rules of the sports before making their way into the Premier League next year.

The format will be:

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Skills development
1.10pm: Div 2 Powerchair Football
2.00pm: Div 1 Powerchair Football
3.00pm: Div 1 Powerchair Hockey

We have made the tough decision to remove Powerchair Rugby from the schedule and this is because of our renewed focus on Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey of which both have international pathways. Powerchair Rugby will remain in the Pride Cup and will be played in designated training sessions in preparations for NEWS 2020.


November 3rd, 10th, 24th
December 1st, 8th, 15th
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
April 5th

State Coach (N.E.W.S 2020) Applications NOW OPEN

Expressions of interest for the position of Head Coach and Assistant Coach for the Victorian Pride Warriors at National Electric Wheelchair Sports (N.E.W.S.) 2020 are now being accepted. Applications close on Sunday the 10th of November. The role requires a person that is passionate, dedicated and eager to get involved.

N.E.W.S. 2020 will be held from the 18th – 26th 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 VPPL Pre-Season and will also require full attendance at the National event.

Applicants should contact the secretary, Adam Lloyd, via email (secretary@vewsa.org.au) to request the State Coach duties and responsibilities guidelines. Applicants must provide a brief explanation on why they would be suitable for the role and what they can bring to the team.

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, ’19 Powerchair Hockey Champions

Victorian Warriors (2018)