Monday, December 9, 2019

Tag: Wheelchair 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.

Meet The Librarian Who Became Australia’s First Female Wheelchair Rugby Star

Published: August 30, 2019

“It’s different being on court, smashing each other, and then going off to the library and telling people to keep it down.”

Librarian by day, wheelchair rugby player by night. Impressive, right? If that’s not enough, Shae Graham became the first female athlete to represent Australia in wheelchair rugby at the beginning of this year, and now, she’s working hard towards her next goal: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in one year’s time.

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.

Beau Vernon became a quadriplegic at 23. He has since coached two country teams...

Published: April 11, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

As Beau Vernon scooped up the football one Saturday afternoon at Leongatha seven years ago, he was collected in the head by a Wonthaggi opponent. It wasn’t a big hit, he said, just “wrong angle and wrong time”. He could have added “wrong bloke”, but did not.

“I fell to the ground and knew straight away something was very wrong,” he said.

He could not move his arms or legs. Nor could he feel his limbs when trainers touched them. “That time laying on the ground was the scariest of my life,” he said. Thinking he had broken his neck, he warned teammates, including his younger brother Zak, not to touch him. Less than two hours later, he was in an induced coma in the Alfred hospital. His parents, then on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa, flew home in a miserable hurry.

Paralyzed Veterans of America highlights the UnstoppABLE spirit of veterans in new public service...

Published: October 22, 2018

Campaign aims to inspire all those living with a disability to be UnstoppABLE in their everyday lives

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2018)UnstoppABLE is a new, high-impact, public service announcement (PSA) campaign from Paralyzed Veterans of America that celebrates the indomitable spirit of veterans with spinal cord injury and disease. The PSA showcases Paralyzed Veterans of America’s adaptive sports programs which empower veterans and help them transcend adversity and conquer challenges throughout their lives. To watch the UnstoppABLE PSA, go to pva.org/UnstoppABLE.

Para-football gave Colin Shields ‘something to work towards and enjoy’

Published: February 19, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Colin Shields is on the brink of representing his country at a sport he loves, something that would have been inconceivable seven years ago when an accident at work left him paralysed.

The 37-year-old has a spinal cord injury that leaves him reliant on a motorised wheelchair.

His job had included winter gritting and he was carrying out routine maintenance on the truck shortly before New Year. Shields recalls how he slipped, fell off the side of the vehicle and landed on his head, breaking his neck.

Students design functional fashion for wheelchair athletes

Published: December 12, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

WashU students design prototype garments for athletes with disabilities

Rugby is hard-hitting, fast-moving and adrenaline-fueled. But for elite Paralympic wheelchair athletes, the sport also can pose particular challenges.

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.

New beginning with wheelchair rugby

Published: December 28, 2015

EmpoweringNikhil Kumar Guptaa uses wheelchair rugby as a therapeutic tool and provides a transitional living program to quadriplegic patients

It is believed that to achieve success in life one needs to be physically and mentally fit. But Nikhil Kumar Guptaa’s inspiring story will tell you that the will to achieve is equally important along with strength. A software engineer by profession, Nikhil met with an accident that left him paralysed in 2008. His world almost came to a dead-end but he did not let his will to survive die. “The doctors told me that quadriplegic patients like me will always be dependent on others to do their day-to-day activities,” shares Nikhil.

Quadriplegic fighters will face off in Lacey to raise money for Mount Adams climb

Published: July 5, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

In a garage on Olympia’s west side, two fighters sit side by side in powered wheelchairs, then let the punches fly.

Simon Calcavecchia takes a right hook to the head. He dodges another. The fighters lock arms and hurl insults.

“You’re going down,” taunts Joshua Curtis, his boxing glove coming loose. “What’s wrong buddy, you can’t reach me?”

The sparring session ends with laughter, but their purpose is serious.

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