What is Murderball / Wheelchair Rugby?
Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed team sport for male and female quadriplegic athletes. A unique sport created by athletes with a disability, it combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball. Players compete in teams of four to carry the ball across the opposing team's goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, and is in fact an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.
Wheelchair Rugby players compete in manual wheelchairs specifically designed for the sport. Players must meet minimum disability criteria and be classifiable under the sport classification rules. Wheelchair Rugby is a Paralympic sport, with twenty-six countries competing in international competition and more than ten others developing national programs.
What should we expect on the day?
The day time events are lots of fun first and foremost and nothing to worry about! Usually teams are asked to arrive for 9 - 915am for a welcome coffee and get to know everyone. There will be an introduction from James Price talking about wheelchair rugby, how to play the basic version, safety and what to expect during the day. Teams will then have the opportunity to have a little play in the rugby chairs to get used to steering them and using their arms - always highly amusing! Competition will then start and teams will play short games against each other, refreshments will be provided. By the time one game is played every participants inhibitions about disability sport and using a wheelchair will have disappeared, as the competitive sport element everyone has kicks in! It's amazing to watch the most shy or retiring of people 'come alive' and work with their colleagues / team mates to win at wheelchair rugby. Once all the teams have played each other our Murderball Rugby charity champions for the day will be revealed, and it's off to freshen up (and rest briefly!) for the dinner.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Sports gear - tracksuit / t shirt / trainers etc.
Gloves will be provided.