In recognition of his sporting excellence and contribution to the Sporting Wheelies & Disabled Association and its members – Australian Steelers wheelchair rugby captain Ryan Scott, has taken out the top honour at the 35th state para-sport awards announced last Friday 20 November.
Over the past 12 months Ryan :
An integral part of the rejuvenation of the Brisbane wheelchair rugby social competition in 2015, Ryan also found time to deliver presentations to spinal injury unit patients and hospital staff, boosting awareness and participation. He is a valued coach and mentor for local players, and participated in team building and promotional sessions.
Wheelchair Rugby originated in Canada in 1977 created by five wheelchair athletes. It made its way to Australia in 1981. The game was originally called Murderball, as it is one of the few physical contact sports available for wheelchair sport athletes. The sport uses a volleyball for the ball and combines elements of basketball, soccer and ice hockey. It is played on a basketball sized court and each team has 4 players on the court at any one time.
Here at PBF Australia we are proud to have two speakers who have been involved in wheelchair rugby at an elite level – Ryan Scott (Australian Captain) and Kelly Rogers. Before she retired Kelly (based in SA) represented the State Team for 12 years and the Australian Squad for 2 years.