Disabled Winter Sport Australia

Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) was established in 1978 as the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation.[1] Its current mission is “to promote and foster the advancement of participation by people with a disability in wintersport both in Australia and overseas”.[2] DWA is a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee.[3] DWA plays a major role in the development of Australian athletes that compete at the Winter Paralympics.


Two of the founders of Disabled Wintersport Australia, Ron Finneran (L) and Nick Dean (R) at a function on 3 September 2013 in Thredbo during the first IPC alpine skiing world cup event to be held in Australia, conducted by the Australian Paralympic Committee



Chief Executive Officers:




ADSA provide the following services to its members:[2]

Winter Paralympics

Australia has been represented at every Winter Paralympics. Its first official team was in 1980 with two athletes. Australian athletes that have won gold medals - Michael Milton, Bart Bunting and his guide Nathan Chivers, Michael Norton and James Patterson.

See also


  1. 1 2 Zeuschner, Jeff (August 1991). "Crusader for disabled skiers leads by example". Australian Alpine News: 14–15. Check date values in: |access-date= (help);
  2. 1 2 "About Us". Disabled Winter Sport Australia website. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. "Mission and goals". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  4. 1 2 3 "Confederation of Australian Sport Award of Distinction for Ron Finneran". Top t bottom. 1 (17). 1995.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Disabled Winter Sport Australia Annual Reports 1999-2001". Australian Sport Publications Archive.
  6. 1 2 http://www.disabledwintersport.com.au/article/114/THE_GOVERNOR-GENERAL_of_Australia_announces_first_PATRON
  7. 1 2 3 "Paralympic Games History -". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  8. "Australian Sports Commission Annual Report 19901-1991". Australian Sport Publications Archive.
  9. "Ron Finneran OAM - Administration - Disabled Wintersport". Sport Australia Hall of Fame website. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  10. "Annual report 1996" (PDF). Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  11. "Australian Sports Commission Annual Report 2000-2001" (PDF). Australian Sport Publications Archive. Retrieved 28 February 2013.

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