SELECTION CRITERIA

The objective of the AWWF Disabled Division Selection Policy is to achieve the best possible Australian representative water skiing team. The Policy applies to athletes, coaches, team managers and other officials.

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Click here to download the Team Agreement/Team Manager Agreement/Code of Conduct Agreement

Meet the Australian Team Members!

Read below to get to know a little bit more about the members of the Australian team !

Take a look below at the talented athletes that were chosen to represent our country in Myuna Bay, N.S.W. from April 24 – 30, 2017.

DARRYL HOYLE

Darryl was named the 2011 IWWF Male Disabled Athlete of the Year.  Darryl is the World Record holder in his category for Jump. Over the years Darryl has won numerous medals at World Championships, recently bringing home a Silver Medal in Jump and 2nd Overall receiving a Silver Medal at the 2015 World Championships.  He was born with a deformity of the legs and feet, but that doesn’t stop him from competing in slalom, trick and jump.

SCOTT WINTLE

Despite becoming a paraplegic after a car accident in 1996, Scott continued his love of water sports by taking up water skiing. He is currently the co-holder of the Australian jump record of 20.9 metres, and won the trick event at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, and won Gold Medal for jump in 2013, 2015 and Bronze Medal in Trick at the 2015 World Championships in the USA.

SHARON PATERSON

Sharon broke her neck in a horse riding accident at age 19, and even though she has limited use of her hands and arms, maintains her love of water skiing. She broke the Australian record in Slalom for her division, MP1 Females, in 2016, and her goal is to keep breaking it. Sharon is also on the Board of Directors for the N.S.W Water Ski Federation representing the N.S.W Disabled Division.

BELINDA SIDMAN

Belinda began skiing with friends using a Sky Ski, then quickly progressed to the sit ski to become a competitive skier. Belinda holds the Australian Record in the Slalom and trick events in her division (MP5). Belinda has won Bronze Medals in Slalom at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships and a Silver Medal in Slalom at the 2015 World Championships in America. Belinda lost her right leg in a car accident, but loves that she can still develop her skills in water skiing, and ski with her family.

JASON HILLS

Jason first competed at the 2013 World Disabled Water Ski Championships winning a Team Bronze Medal, and also competes at the Australian National Disabled Water Ski Championships in all three categories. Jason was left paraplegic by a truck accident resulting in spinal injuries, but never lets it get in the way of life.

ROB OAKLEY

Rob was a slalom skier and barefooter in his younger years, but has returned to the sport after a long break. He has a neuromuscular condition but is still the current Australian slalom record holder in his category (MP2). He has previously competed at the London Paralympics in equestrian, and currently works with a local charity supporting neuromuscular conditions.

JASON SLEEP

Jason has always been a keen competitive water skier, so even after he unfortunately became paraplegic by a quad bike accident, there was no question he would continue to ski. His sister was also an Australian Slalom Champion. Jason was World Champion in the MP2 Slalom event at the World Championships in Townsville in 2007, and Slalom Bronze Medallist at the 2015 World Championships in the USA. He is now aiming for the Slalom World Record.

WILL KELLY

Will trains with Australian Champions and even though he’s fairly new to competitive water skiing, he’s keen to move up the ranks. He was left paraplegic in 2008 but took up disabled water skiing to return to skiing with friends. Once he got back on the water, his competitive streak kicked in!

VAUGHN HOGAN

Vaughn was left an incomplete quadriplegic after he broke his C5 vertebra in his neck following a motorbike accident. He didn’t let it stop him though and he reignited his passion for water skiing, getting back out on the water 15 months after his accident. He skied his first Nationals in 2013 in Port Macquarie, and not only won Gold, but also broke a 16-year slalom record!

DEREK VANDERBOM

Derek was in a motorbike accident in 2000 that led to him being in a wheelchair, but he was still able to win 3rd place in the MP3 Jump at the 2005 Disabled worlds!  He has recently moved to the USA with his wife (also a skier), but still competes for Australia at the World Championships.  Derek came 3rd overall winning a Bronze Medal at the 2015 World Championships in the USA.