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The page was created to keep our friends and family back home updated on the 2009 INAS-FID Global Games in Liberec, Czech Republic.

Make sure come back on a daily basis for an update and feel free to leave a message or a word of encouragement for the team.

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Diary Entries

Monday, 13 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Australian Awarded Best Overall Country

After seven days of competition, the INAS-FID 2009 Global Games came to a close with the Closing Ceremony and final medal presentations.

The Pearls were presented with their silver medals before the closing ceremony commenced. They played off for gold earlier in the day against the team from Mexico. Kim Perry played an excellent Captain’s game but it wasn’t enough the Pearls going down 69-36. What a fantastic achievement by this team which consists of 6 teenagers, the future looks bright.

Australia was awarded the best overall country, finishing with 21 gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Australia also was awarded the best team in Swimming and Tennis.

Nerice Holland was awarded female swimmer of the meet and overall best female athlete. With an amazing 13 gold medals from 13 events Nerice thoroughly deserves these awards.

Kelly Wren was awarded female tennis player of the competition. Kelly has been a fantastic player for Australia over a number of years and has won numerous world events.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Day Six of Competition

• In the Men’s 70km Time Trial, Nathan had a great ride finishing in 4th place and Michael continued show improvement finishing the race in 17th.
•Following technical issues from the Team Time Trial earlier in the week, it was announced today that the combined Team of USA, Belgium & Australia had taken Bronze in the Team Time Trial. Congratulations to both Michael and Nathan who received their Bronze medals at last night’s ceremony.

•In the Women’s team event, Kelly & Kate had a brilliant day each winning their singles 6-0 and taking the Gold.
• Zvi finished in 4th place in the Men’s singles after going down in the play off for the Bronze.

• The Pearls won their semi-final clash against Japan in convincing style. It was a physical game with a number of team members carrying injury and feeling the strain after a week of competition.

The Pearls take on Mexico in the Final tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

• The Boomerangs had an excellent win over Japan in their play off for 5th and 6th. The guys played well with the youngsters of the team showing their potential for the future.
• In a highlight for the team, everyone contributed on the scoreboard. Clinton Jee was a top scorer with 36 as was team co-captain, Adam Meredith with 36.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Day Five of Competition

•Rookie cyclist Nathan finished 3rd in the 11km Time Trial around the roads of Cesky Dub to collect his second games medal. Michael finished in 19th place.

Table Tennis
•Cassy Geffke reached top 16 in the Women’s singles and had a great comeback win over the Czech Republic’s Kunderova.
•Ashley Parrott reached the top 32 in the Men’s singles. His highlights included wins over the number 10 seed Kuli (Hun) and Patruno (Ita).
•James Swanbury had his first international win and defeated two players from Great Britain.
•Peter Talbot did well and pushed Great Britain’s Handley to 5 games.

•Kara Leo took out Silver in the 50m Backstroke and was closely followed by Hellen Haseloff with the Bronze.
•Richard Eliason had another good swim to take home Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke.
•The Women’s 100m Freestyle saw Nerice Holland land her 12th Gold medal with Kara Leo collecting the bronze.
•The Men’s and Women’s Relay teams had a great day with the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay of Richard Eliason, Daniel Fox, Troy Puttergill, David Lee and Patrick Donachie taking the Silver. In the Women’s 4x50m Individual Medely Relay, the Aussie Girls; Kara, Emily, Nerice and Kayla finished with another Gold to their name.

•Kelly and Kate shared the podium taking out the Gold and Silver medals in the ladies singles. The girls team up this morning in the Women’s Team event.
•Kelly and Kate also teamed up to win Gold in the Women’s doubles.
•Zvi and Kelly teamed up in the Mixed Doubles to claim the Gold medal, while David and Kate won the Bronze medal.
•In the Teams event, David & Zvi took out the Silver medal in the doubles. They also won Silver in the Men’s doubles competition.

•The Boomerangs showed glimpses of things to come when they went down to Brazil in their quarter final. The bigger, more experienced Brazilians did not have it all their own way with the Aussie defensive pressure a feature before they skipped away to 75-49.
The Boomerangs play off against Japan for 5th and 6th at 4:15pm.

•The Pearls defeated Japan 73-32 in the last of their games before the finals start tomorrow. The Pearls will play Japan again in the semi-finals. Let hope today’s win will give the girls a psychological advantage going into tomorrows final.
Note: Pearls game has been changed to 11:15am

•Dean Turner, the grand old man of the Athletics Team, continued to lead the way with another PB, this time in the Long jump. Dean narrowly missed a medal finishing 4th in the final.
•Zackery Findlay had an impressive run in the 5000m. It was his second attempt at the distance on the track. He ran a well paced race finishing strongly in 18.05 in 16th place.
•The 4x400m Women’s Relay of Natalie Paulsen, Madalyn Currie, Rebecca Kane & Stephanie Schweitzer team put in a solid effort and improved on their performance from the 4x100m finishing in 5th place, just outside the Australian record.
•Rebecca Kane was on track for a PB in the 5000m until a miscalculation by race officials resulted in Rebecca finishing one lap early and then being told she had another lap to go.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Day Four Competition Results...

Congratulations Women’s 4 x 200m Relay team.
• The team won GOLD and set a new World Record. Well done girls! Kayla Clarke, Hellen Haseloff, Kara Leo & Nerice Holland.
•It was a tri-fector for Australia in the women’s 400m freestyle with Nerice Holland (gold), Kayla Clarke (2nd) and Kara Leo (3rd) occupying all places on podium.
• Nerice Holland took gold in the 100m backstroke, Hellen Haseloff and the Kara Leo who finished 6th and 4th respectively in the same event.
• Richard Eliason finished 2nd and Daniel Fox finished 7th in a very quick 50m freestyle.
• David Lee began his afternoon finishing 6th in the Men’s 200m IM, 8th in the 200m backstroke and 4th in the males 4 x 100m relay.
• Troy Puttergill has had a sore shoulder all week, yet he competed gallantly in the 100m Butterfly.
• Bronze was placed around Hellen Haseloff’s neck for the 400m IM final
• Emily Schmidt and Hellen Haseloff competed in a fast 50m women’s breaststroke final. They finished 6th and 8th respectively.
• Daniel Fox, Richard Eliason, David Lee and Patrick Donachie finished a close 4th in the 4 x 100m IM Relay.

•Lindsay Sutton continued his outstanding form with bronze in the Discus.
• Colin Abbey, Andrew Mathews and Darren McFaul made it to the semi-finals of the 200m. Andrew Mathews continued on to qualify for the Final with a PB of 23.61s.
• Zac Findlay finished 7th in the semi-final of the 800m.
• The Men’s 4 x 100m Relay team of McFaul, Mathews, Abbey and Turner finished 4th in the Final narrowly missing third place.
• Stephanie Schweitzer, Natalie Paulsen and Ella Pardy finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in the 200m semi-finals.
• In the Women’s Discus, Nicole Vernon threw a new Australian Under 20 record to finish 5th.

• In the Men’s teams event against Poland David lost his singles 2-6 and Zvi lost his singles 3-6. The doubles saw the Aussie men win their game 7-5.
• In an all Australian affair Kelly defeated Kate 6-0.

• Next up the Boomerangs have a tough match against Brazil – Saturday 2pm.
• In what should be another close game the Pearls take on Japan – Saturday 2pm.

• Nathan and Michael tackle the 11km Time Trial around the roads of Cesky Dub.

Table Tennis
• Peter, Ashley, James and Cassy return to competition today in the singles competition.

Thursday, 09 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Day Three of Competition

Congratulations to the Men’s 4x100m Relay Team
• The team of Andrew Mathews, Darren McFaul, Colin Abbey & Dean Turner qualified for the final and set a new Australian Record of 45.44sec.
• Lindsay Sutton had another great day throwing a PB by over 1m in the Men’s shot put final to finish 4th.
• Stephanie Schweitzer finished 5th in the final of the 100m.
• In the Women’s 400m final Stephanie Schweitzer finished 7th and Madalyn Currie in 8th recorded a PB.
• The Women’s 1500m final saw Rebecca Kane finish with a time of 6:02.05.
• Nicole Vernon finished 6th in the Women’s shot put final.
• In the Men’s 100m final Andrew Mathews placed 6th.
• Darren McFaul placed 7th in the Men’s 400m final.
• Australia’s Dean Turner and Colin Abbey took out 5th and 6th respectively in the Men’s Long Jump final.

The ladies took on the team from Brazil in an extremely physical match. The Aussies played well to win 77-47. It was a great overall game and gave the Coach an opportunity to run various combinations on the floor in preparations for games later in the week.

The guys had another fantastic win in the Basketball. They took on Hungary and won 113-32. 6’7” Clinton Jee top scored with a massive 42 points, a career high in only his third international.

Tennis – a great day at the tennis
• Kelly Wren won her singles 6-1 against Poland.
• In the team event David Burke and Zvi Schweitzer both won their singles 6-0 against Italy, then teamed up in the doubles to win 6-2.
• Zvi and Kelly took on Poland in the mixed doubles winning 6-2.
• David and Kate played against Italy in their mixed doubles and won 6-0.

Congratulations to the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team.
We knew they won GOLD, but they also set a new Australian Record and World Record.

Table Tennis
Mixed doubles
• Ashley & Cassy lost their first game to 2nd seeds Poland and also went down to Japan

Women’s doubles
• Cassy & Jessica Bromley (GBR) were defeated by Japan and Poland

Men’s doubles groups
• Ashley & Peter played a terrific game narrowly going down to 1st seeds Spain. They were also defeated by Japan
• James & Neil Handley (GBR) lost to Japan and Hungry

Wednesday, 08 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Day Two of Competition...

•Colin Abbey, Dean Turner and Andrew Mathews all made the semi-finals of the 100m.
•In the semi Dean ran his fastest time in 7 years and although he didn’t make the final, it is a great achievement.
•Andrew Mathews did a PB in the heat and semi final of Men’s 100m to make the final.
•Stephanie Schweitzer had a great run in the 100m and 400m making both finals.
•First timer, Natalie Paulsen, ran well to record a PB as did Ella Pardy.
•Another rookie, Madalyn Currie, ran superbly to make the final of the 400m.
•Darren McFaul ran well in his 400m semi-final and has made the final.
•Zackery Findlay had his first hit out in the 1500m, finishing in 4:57.31.
•Athletics have a big program tomorrow with athletes competing in 7 finals.

•Zvi Schweitzer had a mixed day winning his match against Italy 6-0 and going down in his game against Czech Republic 3-6.
•Kelly Wren had another strong day winning her singles against Poland 6-0. As did Kathryn Wilson also winning her singles against Italy 6-0.
•David Burke took on Italy as part of the team event and won his singles 6-0
•Kathryn & David paired up in the mixed doubles against Poland, but were unable to find the form that saw them upset the number one Australian pairing yesterday.

Swimming - Another huge day in the pool for the Australian swimmers.
•Kayla Clarke, Kara Leo, Nerice Holland & Hellen Haseloff - 4x100m Freestyle Relay GOLD.
•Nerice Holland won GOLD in the 200m Freestyle and 50m Butterfly.
•Kara Leo got a silver medal in the 200m Backstroke.
•Kayla Clarke finished with a silver medal in the 200m Freestyle and a bronze medal in the 200m Individual Medley.
•Hellen Haseloff finished with a silver medal in the 50m Butterfly.
•Daniel Fox, Patrick Donachie, Richard Eliason & David Lee - 4x50m Freestyle Relay GOLD
•Daniel Fox, Patrick Donachie, Richard Eliason, David Lee & Troy Puttergill - 4x 50m Individual Medley Relay GOLD
•Daniel Fox won GOLD in the 50m Backstroke.
•Richard Eliason got another bronze for his efforts in the 200m Breaststroke.

The Pearls smashed France with all team members scoring during the game. At the final buzzer Australia 99 def France 12. Top scorers were Molly Urquhart-Moran (25) and Natasha Nolan (16). Thursday sees the girls take on the Brazilians.

We would like to make a special mention of the Pearls Assistant Coach, Jo Larkin. Although she was not able to go to the presentation in Australia, last night Jo was awarded the Pride of Australia Medal. The medal is awarded to Victoria’s Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Jo!

The Boomerangs had a tough match with South Africa pushing the young team. The Australian senior players had to put in some hard yards to make sure they stayed in touch with the South Africans. The Boomerangs pulled away to take the match 99-74. Top scorers were Adam Meredith 40 points with 11 from 15 off the foul line and Evan Johnson with 28 points and 6 from 8 off the foul line, a career high for both players.

Table Tennis
The Aussies had a rest day. Tomorrow they play Men’s and Women’s pairs and Mixed pairs.

Tuesday, 07 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Day One of Competition

What a start for the Aussies! Below is a summary of day one results:

Congratulations Lindsay Sutton
•Lindsay Sutton broke World Record in Men’s Hammer (44.24m) with his 1st throw and then broke it again with his 3rd throw (45.01m) to win the GOLD medal.
•Darren McFaul is into the semi finals of Men’s 400m.
•Colin Abbey & Dean Turner made the final for the Men’s Long jump. Both were in the top 6.

•The Pearls took on close rivals, Mexico. It was a tough match with the Pearls going down by 4. Final score was Mexico 64 def Australia 60.
•The Boomerangs faced Greece in their 1st game. In a closely fought battle the Boomerangs went down by 3. Final score was Greece 57 def Australia 54.

•Congratulations Nathan Broeren. Nathan finished 2nd in stage 1 - Men’s Individual Time Trial (3-5km).

Swimming - A big day at the pool!
Congratulations Nerice Holland
•Congratulations Nerice Holland. Nerice won 4 GOLD Medals: 50m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly and teamed up with the girls to win in the Medley Relay
•Hellen Hasseloff finished in 2nd place in the 100m Butterfly.
•Bronze in the 100m Breaststroke went to Emily Schmidt.
•Kara Leo collected a silver medal in the 800m Freestyle.
•In the Women’s medley relay Emily, Kara, Kayla and Nerice powered home to win GOLD.
•Daniel Fox finished 2nd in the Backstroke.
•Richard Eliason finished in 3rd in the 50m Freestyle

Table Tennis
•Had a tough first day drawing the World Champions, Great Britain. Ashley Parrott had a close match, but was unable to overcome his rival.
•Australia is now out of the Team event, but is looking forward to the individual events.

•David Burke had a tough 1st match going down 1-6, but came back in his 2nd match winning 6-1.
•Zvi Schweitzer had a good day in his singles winning his 1st match 6-0 and 2nd match 6-3.
•Kelly Wren won her singles 6-0.
•Kate Wilson won her singles 6-4.
•In an al Australian affair David & Kate took on Zvi & Kelly in the mixed doubles. David & Kate had an early lead 5-1, but Zvi & Kelly fought back to force a tie-break. David & Kate won the tie break and match 7-6.

Monday, 06 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

The hype of the games is alive!

From as early as sun rise, athletes lined the paths and walkways of ‘The Village’ heading to breakfast or returning from an early morning run.

In between breakfast and training sessions, Australian athletes got together to discuss a few housekeeping items and the Opening Ceremony logistics.

Patrick Donachie OAM was named Team Captain. With a long list of representative sporting events spanning over a decade, Patrick wished ‘everyone, coaches, managers, and athletes the best of luck with medals and personal bests and encouraged all athletes to go out and do their best and supporting their team mates in the good times and bad times’.

Head of Delegation for the Australia team Louise Mogg described the event as ‘spirited’ and believes it was a reality check for most of the team, finally realizing how far their sporting talent and effort had brought them.

Sunday, 05 July 2009

Location: Liberec, Czech Republic

Finally we are here…It may have taken us a long time to get here but we all made it in one piece in our green and gold team uniform.

Nothing prepared us for the 29 degrees heat at Singapore airport at 10pm on Saturday evening, the overnight flight destined for Europe gave everyone the chance to recoup and catch up on some well needed and deserved sleep… (some had considerably more than others).

Our accommodation at ‘The Village’ at Koleje a Menzy, Liberec was peaceful on arrival however by dinner time the place was alive with hundreds of athletes from around the world wearing their country colours with pride.

It was all work and a little play post arrival, we all settled into our rooms and spent a little time with our new roommates before being whisked away by Coaches and Team Managers to discuss what the next nine days will entail.

Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball headed to Joblonec nad Nisou Municipal Sports Hall to squeeze in a training session before dinner and work through a few stretches with Physiotherapist Imogen ‘Immy’ Batten.

Although the sky was still bright past 9pm, lights went out not long after in an attempt for Team Australia to prepare for what lies ahead.

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From Doreen & Richard Tho
Hi James.
We are very proud of you & hope you are enjoying yourself - can't wait to hear all about it. Good luck to all the Australian Team in all the sports - sounds like you are all doing your best. Go Ausies! Love from Granny & Grandad
From Ricky Bevan-Boomeran
Well done Ricky and the Boomerangs team 5th place is great. Have a safe trip home.
Take Care
From ursula soutter
hope you are all having a great time.bring home a medal for australia.go girls.karinas aunty ursula
From David & Zvi
Congratulations to you both
Great results.
I hope you enjoy your travelling over the next few weeks.
Michael Wren
From Pearls
Kim, Kimbo, Karina & all the Pearls
Go get them girls
Good Luck
The Wren Family
From Jenny Baines
Goodluck to the Pearls in their semi-final game. Well done to all the athletes and great work Kelly Wren in your success!
From vaughan hammant
hi vaughan & ALL BOOMERANG team members try not to feel to bad about the result stuff happens in life that makes you come back and be stronger next time you learn from setbacks its all a learning curve pat yourselves on the back you did your country proud your all champions in my book better luck next time see you when you get home love you very much all the hammant family
From john
Just read the results ,well done on another medal Nath,good luck with your last race
love dad and mum
ps bombers won last night
From Marnebek School
Goodluck today against Brazil Boomerangs . Give them heaps. Have a good one Ricky.
From Marnebek School
Goodluck for today against Brazil Boomerangs. Have a good one Ricky.
From Deborah
Zack Essendon won last night too . and ash also sends his love too ok
From Deborah
Hello Zack its mum , the weather here is a shocker , cold and it hasnt stoped raining all week . just go out today and do your best we are thinking of you son .love mum ,dad , and sis
From Mitchell Mavrak
Hi Mate, Hope all is going well for you. We are very proud of how well you guys asre doing over there. Your whole family sends their love and best wishes to you. Good luck in your game today. See you soon
Love Mum & Nan
From Wren Family
To Kelly Wren
Congratulations on your results so far.
Greg said to wish you well in your remaining matches.
Enjoy yourself
Mum & Dad & Mike
From The Wren Family
To the Pearls - Well done on your results so far. Keep those baskets coming.
Good Luck for finals time.
The Wren Family
From Barbara
Great results team Australia.
Special congrats to Kelly Wren, you are a star. Keep up the good work and no doubt you are enjoying it all.
From sue & wes sutton
hi lindsay , you have done so great in all of your events we are all so proud of you. enjoy the rest of your time and relax. you have earnt it mate. curtis and jordan say hi. can't wait to see you missing you heaps! good luck the rest of the team. bye
From Ricky Bevan Boomeran
Hi Ricky
Magpies were lucky tonight after leading by 41points only beat the Bulldogs by a point very lucky. Hope you are getting to do some sightseeing have fun and take care. Missy
From Trevor Howes
Nathan well done hope you are having fun and enjoying your stay there.Congrats on your medal
From Daniel Fox
I am so excited to hear of your great results love you heaps Auntie Maree xx
From karina baines
go hard karina, hope you bring home the gold.
from the soutter shermans.
From Sharon Broeren
HI Nath,
Hope you are enjoying yourself. Good luck for your next two competitions.
Love Mum
From vaughan hammant
hi son im very impressed with the results so far 2out of 3 not bad that makes you 2nd in your group unless im mistaken but the global games website is not showing you playing in the next round im sure its a mistake because i have you playing japan next is that right we all miss you and very proud of you goodluck with the rest of the week leave it all on the court say hello to adam and good luck go the boomerangs dad
From Kelly Wren
Hi Kelly.

Congratulations on your results so far.

We are very proud of you.

Kevin & Lorraine
From Janelle Westlake
Our GYMPIE athletes - Dave , Darren and Natalie

Well done everyone - keep up the good work we'll all thinking of you.