The Beijing Paralympics 2008 is about to start, with the opening ceremony being shown on ABC1 from 9:50 pm this Saturday night.

Coverage will appear on ABC1, and a program guide for the first day is available on the ABC TV guide.

Read on for more information on our local paralympians…

There are many Beijing Paralymians representing Australia who live in Victoria. Local athletes to cheer on during the games include:

Wheelchair Basketball

  • Dylan Alcott, Brighton East
  • Shelley Chaplin, Harcourt North
  • Melanie Domaschenz, Marshall
  • Bridie Kean, Parkdale
  • Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy, Ringwood North

Wheelchair Rugby

  • Bryce Alman, Hughesdale
  • Shane Brand, Preston
  • Nazim Erdem, Roxburgh Park
  • Greg Smith, Wendouree


  • Zac Ashkanasy, Clifton Hill
  • Kelly Cartwright, Belmont
  • Richard Colman, Highton
  • Jessica Gallagher, Geelong
  • Madeleine Hogan, Ferntree Gully
  • Lisa McIntosh, Beaconsfield
  • Brydee Moore, Bayswater
  • Jemima Moore, Highton
  • Christopher Mullins, Essendon
  • Charlotte Saville, South Frankston
  • Russell Short, Glen Huntly
  • Greg Smith, Wendouree
  • Ian Speed, Mitcham
  • Timothy Sullivan, Chelsea Hts
  • Noni Thompson, Camberwell
  • Jodi Willis-Roberts, Wendouree


  • Daniel Bell, Geelong West
  • Sarah Bowen, Ocean Grove
  • Sam Bramham, Ivanhoe
  • Ellie Cole, Frankston
  • Amanda Drennan, Cowes
  • Samantha Gandolfo, Glen Iris
  • Alex Hadley, Spotswood
  • Hannah MacDougall, East Malvern
  • Tarryn McGaw, Mt Martha
  • Esther Overton, Point Cook
  • Prue Watt, Forest Hill

Wheelchair Tennis

  • Danni Di Toro, Thornbury
  • Michael Dobbie, Prahan

Table Tennis

  • Sarah Lazzarro, Allansford
  • Rebecca Julian, Mooroolbark


  • Michael Gallagher, Mornington


  • Aaron Hill, Metung


  • Sebastian Hume, Mildura
  • Jason Maroney, Wangaratta


  • Nicole Kullen, Bunyip

For more info, see the official Beijing Paralympic site including descriptions of paralympic sports, and the Australian Paralympic site, including athlete profiles.

Image from Beijing Official Paralympic site

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