Tag: Quad Rugby
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.
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.
Wheelchair rugby is a high-octane team contact sport changing the lives and mental health of the spinal cord injury patients who play it.
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.
A 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.
Their 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.
John 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.
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.
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.
Emily Shryock got involved in the sport of quad rugby to stay active and competitive despite using a wheelchair. What she gained was independence.
“When I started playing, there was a great feeling of comradery. I saw my teammates and thought: If they can do it, I can do it,” said Shryock, 25, an Indiana native who now lives in Austin, Texas. “It’s given me a lot more confidence. … Confidence has translated into independence.”
Shryock, who was disabled by neurological Lyme disease, plays for the Texas Stampede, one of 16 teams from across the United States participating in the 2012 U.S. Quad Rugby National Championship Tournament at the Kentucky International Convention Center on Saturday. Organizers said this is the sixth year that the 24-year-old, three-day national event has been held in Louisville.