We bring them together - so they can tear each other apart
“We bring them together – so they can tear each other apart.”
With a motto like that you instantly know wheelchair rugby is not a sport for the faint-hearted.
It is also one of the few all-inclusive sports, with men and women competing on the same teams and in the same competition.
So what is wheelchair rugby?
As defined by Wheelchair Rugby Australia – “Wheelchair rugby is a fast paced, full contact team sport for male and female quadriplegics looking to get involved in a team sport. The sport was originally called Murderball due to the aggressive nature of the game. It is a contact sport where collisions between wheelchairs form a major part of the game. Wheelchair rugby combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball. Each team has 4 players on court and the aim is to score by carrying the ball across the goal line.”
The game originated in Canada in 1976 and currently Australia is ranked number one in the world by the International Rugby Federation.
For athletes with reduced arm and hand function, wheelchair rugby offers a sport where they can participate equally. PBF’s presenter Kaitlyn Brown is new to the sport and thoroughly enjoys it. Recently she travelled to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to compete for the first time.
“My time away for wheelchair rugby was a great learning experience and really eye opening. I think I’ve fallen in love with the game since the weekend. I’m excited to get more involved and increase my skills. I’m loving playing wheelchair rugby and hope to play well into the future.” Kaitlyn.
To find out more about wheelchair rugby visit www.wheelchairrugby.com.au