Wheelchair rugby is the toughest sport on wheels! It is a fast paced, tactical game for people with a physical disability that affects at least three of their limbs.
Since its inclusion to the Paralympic Games in 2000, wheelchair rugby’s popularity has taken off worldwide.
Played on a hardwood basketball court over four, eight minute quarters, two teams battle it out using their specially designed wheelchairs to crash, block and trap their opponents in an attempt to stop them from scoring a goal. A goal is achieved when a player crosses the opposition’s goal line with possession of the ball.
Despite its intensity, wheelchair rugby is a family friendly and accessible sport that all genders can play. The classification system allows players with a wide range of functionality to compete on a level playing field.
Exciting for both players and spectators alike, it incorporates elements of several sports including ice hockey style checking, the ball movement of basketball, the scoring of rugby and the use of a volleyball.
Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup
The toughest sport on wheels is back in town! Season 1 of the Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup starts on Monday 19 March.
Read or download the 2018 Season 1 Guide, which includes the fixture, teams, basic rules of play and captains’ profiles.
Partnership with Rugby Victoria
We have proudly partnered with Rugby Victoria to strengthen the community support of wheelchair rugby and open this exciting sport to new spectators and fans. The competing teams in the Victoria Protect Wheelchair Rugby Cup have the names and club colours of four of Victoria’s strongest rugby union clubs as part of the growing ties between the two sports.
How to get involved
We run weekly training sessions as part of the Victoria Protect Wheelchair Rugby Cup for those who are keen to get involved or compete.
If you want to learn how to play wheelchair rugby, come along to a Wednesday night training session at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, from 7pm.
We welcome all ages, gender and skill level and have spare sports chairs for those who have never tried wheelchair rugby before – all you need to bring is your enthusiasm! Have fun learning wheelchair rugby skills in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.
If you are interested in trying wheelchair rugby for the first time, contact our Wheelchair Rugby Development Officer.
If you would like more information about wheelchair rugby, from local training and championships, to state, national and international competitions, contact our Wheelchair Rugby Coordinator – Jason Lees
Watch the 2017 Victorian Wheelchair Rugby Classic
Images by Aaron Upson, Protect and 3 Degrees Marketing