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Tag: Wheelchair Rugby

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.

Chasing the Olympic dream

Published: June 30, 2011

With the Vancouver games in the rear-view mirror, three local athletes begin their drive to share in the Olympic experience

(PETERBOROUGH) The journey to the Olympics is a long and difficult road to travel.

As hosts for the 2010 winter games, Canadians were exposed to the trials and tribulations of many of our Canadian athletes as they poised to make the cut to compete for gold on their home soil.

Elkhorn man competitive as ever despite paralysis

Published: May 24, 2011

Murderball, anyone? It sounds like blood sport, but it is a team sport for athletes with disabilities.

Murderball is the politically incorrect name that participating athletes have given wheelchair rugby. It’s rough and tumble—literally.

Wheelchair rugby teaches life’s lessons to those who have suffered the hardest of knockdowns.

Kevin Kramer, 26, of Elkhorn started playing murderball eight months after he suffered a paralyzing spinal injury playing flag football at an indoor soccer field.

‘Murderball’ gives new life to wheelchair-bound athlete

Published: November 4, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA (NBC) – The Philadelphia Eagles wheelchair rugby team gives life back to its members and smashes stereotypes one hit at a time.

A.J. Nanayakkara lost his “able-bodied” life with one bad fall when he was a martial arts instructor 16 years ago. The spinal cord injury left him with quadriplegia, in a wheelchair and in a deep depression for the next eight years.

Disabled slam stereotypes in quad rugby matches

Published: July 25, 2009

rugby726The ear-arresting sound of metal crashing into metal filled Squire Recreation Center in Danville as men in Mad Max-style wheelchairs slammed into each other during quad rugby games Saturday.

“It’s a mix of basketball, football and bumper cars, because we do run into each other quite a bit,” said Greg Taylor, a quad rugby player.

Athletes from the Carolina Crash of Charlotte, the Raleigh Sidewinders and the East Coast Cripplers of Virginia Beach played at the center most of the day Saturday. The final game featured the Crash versus the Sidewinders. The Sidewinders won 20-11.

Paralyzed Veterans Get ‘Ready to Roll’ at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Published: July 6, 2009

24871WASHINGTON, DC – More than 600 veterans with disabilities have signed up to compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games taking place July 13-18, 2009, in Spokane, WA. Now in its 29th year, the event has grown to become the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. This year’s competitors come from 42 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain.

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are sports and rehabilitation at their best for our brave heroes,” said Randy L. Pleva, Sr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “From quad rugby to handcycling, power soccer to wheelchair slalom, the Games are an exciting combination of competition, camaraderie and courage.”

May is spinal cord injury, physical disabilities awareness month

Published: April 29, 2009

spinal cord042909-04.JPGREGINA — With May 2009 proclaimed as spinal cord injury and physical disabilities awareness month in the province, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) wants to spotlight everything its members can do.

“It’s the abilities of people with disabilities — don’t focus on the disability, focus on the ability,” said CPA Saskatchewan President Del Huber. “We’re trying to just make people aware of … not so much of what they can’t do, as what they can do.”