Wheelchair Rugby is the toughest sport on wheels! It is a fast paced, tactical game for people with a physical disability that affects at least three of their limbs.
Since its inclusion to the Paralympic Games in 2000, wheelchair rugby’s popularity has taken off worldwide.
Played on a hardwood basketball court over four 8 minute quarters, two teams battle it out using their specially designed wheelchairs to crash, block and trap their opponents in an attempt to stop them from scoring a goal, which is achieved when a player crosses the opposition’s goal line with possession of the ball.
Despite its intensity, wheelchair rugby is a family friendly and accessible sport that both men and women can play. The classification system allows players with a wide range of functionality to compete on a level playing field.
Exciting for both players and spectators alike, it incorporates elements of several sports including ice hockey style checking, the ball movement of basketball, the scoring of rugby and the use of a volleyball.
If you would like more information about wheelchair rugby, from local training and championships, to state, national and international competitions, contact the Wheelchair Rugby Coordinator at Disability Sport & Recreation Jason Lees.
Phone: 03 9473 0133