Wheelchair Rugby

West Coast Enforcers Lil Prucha takes on SA’s AJ Holloway at the 2023 Wheelchair Rugby National Championships. Photo by Sam Phillips (SA Sharks)

Wheelchair Rugby

A sport like nothing else… Wheelchair Rugby is an intense, physical team sport for male and female players, played on a basketball court using highly specialised sports wheelchairs.

Unlike most sports for people with a mobility impairment Wheelchair Rugby is not an adaptation of any other sport but was created specifically as a game for participants with impaired arm/hand and leg function.

The sport is characterised by contact between chairs although there is no contact permitted between players.

A team scores in Wheelchair Rugby when a player in possession of the ball crosses the goal line and there are roles on court for players with a wide range of different levels of function and physical impairment.

Who can play?

In WA anyone is allowed to play in our local competition!

While the sport is designed for people who have impairment through all four limbs our social league has players who have only impaired leg function or no disability at all.
Wheelchair Rugby is played most weeks at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre on Wednesday nights – contact us to find out how you can get involved!

 

Opportunities

For competitive players there can be opportunities to move beyond the local competition to play against other states and even internationally, representing Australia!

The WA State team are called the West Coast Enforcers and compete in the National Championships, the Australian team are called the Steelers and compete in World Championships and Paralympics.

Social Media

You can follow the program and WA State Team via their facebook page here

Photos: 2021 National Championships photos by Joep Buijs Photography and the 2021 Wheelchair Rugby fundraiser Come and Try event

Sponsors 

Wheelchair Rugby WA would like to thank our program sponsors – major partner At Home Care and Act Belong Commit, as well as Impact Services, Freedom Motors, The Oliver Charitable Foundation and Hollister Inc
ISPS Handa provide additional sponsorship as West Coast Enforcers back of jersey sponsors.

Rebound WA are the State Sporting Association for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby with the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Policies 

Anti-Doping: Wheelchair Rugby WA and its participants fall under the Anti-Doping Guidelines of Sport Integrity Australian and World Wheelchair Rugby

Concussion: Wheelchair Rugby WA follows the World Wheelchair Rugby Concussion protocols

Match Fixing: Wheelchair Rugby WA abides by the Sport Integrity Australia recognised National Policy on Match Fixing in Sport