Friday, September 18, 2020

Tag: Quad Rugby

How wheelchair rugby ‘changed everything’ for one athlete

Published: November 5, 2019

Carl Williams maneuvers across the court with the practiced precision of an athlete. He simultaneously searches the crowd, calculating which team member can catch an inbound throw without being intercepted.

This might seem a tough task for Williams, a double amputee aboard a wheelchair. But Williams, 38, has become a master of wheelchair rugby, a full-contact sport with a mix of rules from football and soccer. He takes aim the moment he spots Timothy Jones, the other top scorer for a team called the TIRR Texans, which was started in 1997.

Women’s wheelchair rugby takes over Houston

Published: July 19, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

University of Houston hosts the nation’s first Women’s World Wheelchair Rugby Invitational Clinic

As Karah Behrend grabbed the rims of her wheelchair and thrusted her arms forward, she hurtled down the rugby court—zigzagging as a blur of bright purple hair through more than two dozen other women on wheels.

Oscar Mike: Noah Currier’s mission to empower injured veterans inspires hope and healing

Published: March 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

The founder of Oscar Mike, a million-dollar apparel company focused on supporting injured veterans, receives his care at the Milwaukee VA. Noah Currier, who is passionate about wheelchair sports, will be fitted for a new wheelchair on March 13 in preparation for the upcoming National Quad Rugby Invitational.

Oscar Mike is sponsoring the National Quad Rugby Invitational in Rockford, Illinois from March 28 to 30. There are currently more than 200 slots available for area athletes.

UH Study: Wheelchair Rugby Lowers Depression and Stress in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: June 15, 2017

Wheelchair rugby is a high-octane team contact sport changing the lives and mental health of the spinal cord injury patients who play it.

Finding a new outlet through quadriplegic rugby

Published: April 28, 2016

Team captain Earl Bowser uses the backs of his hands to push his titanium wheelchair across the battle-worn gym floor, carrying a volleyball in his lap and several lifetimes of optimism.

The wheelchair rugby team that’s so popular there’s a waiting list

Published: January 29, 2015

Dorset Destroyers wheelchair rugby teamA WHEELCHAIR rugby team has become so popular that they have had to set up a waiting list for future players.

The Dorset Destroyers currently have 20 places, which have all been filled ahead of the sessions starting on Sunday, Nicholas Coombs, chairman and founder of the club, said: “It is a superb sport, where the players can really get their teeth into a good game.

“When we originally ran the taster sessions via Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, we were totally blown away by the response.

Wheelchair rugby dreams get broken

Published: October 8, 2014

Wheelchair Rugby The Delhi WarriorsTheir disability is not a barrier to their passion for sports. But it seems quadriplegics are not getting wide support from society and government.

“We are quadriplegic, we play wheelchair rugby. But the Paralympic Committee of India denied affiliation to quadriplegics to take part in the next international rugby event in South Korea starting from October 20,” said Jonathan a US national, who runs a non-profit trust Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons (ESCIP) in Delhi.

Wheelchair rugby a family affair for mom and son

Published: June 20, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Josh Dyckwheelchair rugby playerJohn Quist is one of the youngest in Canada to survive a severed spinal cord

Berni Quist choked back tears as her shy, 11-year-old son, Josh Dyck, guided his wheelchair out to centre court Thursday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The youngest wheelchair rugby player in North America was honoured at the opening of the Canada Cup international tournament. The beaming kid, wearing his KOs jersey that’s Kelowna/Okanagan, and pronounced chaos and a ball cap turned backwards, was given a game ball and sweatshirt by veteran national team player Garrett Hickling, who also grew up in Kelowna.

East Coast Cripplers ‘are athletes first’

Published: October 28, 2012

VIRGINIA BEACH – Eric Ingram gives persons with quadriplegia a bad name – and likes it that way.

A Stickum-smeared, cheerful menace, Ingram is an East Coast Crippler, looking to stick it to the guy whose spine was snapped in a car accident or the war veteran whose injuries made her a triple amputee, should they block his way to the goal.

Quad rugby is an unforgiving sport, and Ingram, whose Internet moniker is Murderball, lives for it.

There’s a reason it’s called Murderball

Published: August 31, 2012

The Paralympics event wheelchair rugby may be as tactical as chess, but it’s rather more brutal to play

There is such an almighty clanging, thunking, whirring and shouting that if I didn’t know better I might be tempted to call the police.

I am sitting in a wheelchair. Powering towards me on what looks like a glorified shopping trolley with enormous metal hub caps for wheels is a man with a red Mohican and shoulders like an ox. Considering that Neville Burrell has already told me, with great enthusiasm, “We can’t hit each other. But we can smash the —- out of each other’s chairs. The ideal thing is to half-break one. That’s my favourite part of the sport,” I am very glad that we are on the same side.