Wheelchair rugby is the most exciting 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 try. A try 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.
Wheelchair Rugby Australia is the national governing body for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Wheelchair Rugby Victoria proudly works in partnership with Wheelchair Rugby Australia as the sole sport deliverer in the state of Victoria as part of a unified model.
Protect Victoria Wheelchair Rugby Cup
The 2021 season of the toughest sport on wheels runs from 22 February – 19 April 2021.
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 would like more information about wheelchair rugby, from local training and championships, to state, national and international competitions, contact our Wheelchair Rugby Pathways and Talent Development Coordinator – Jason Lees
In 2018 the Victorian Government released the Fair Play Code – a code of conduct for sport and recreation in Victoria that outlines the standards of behaviour expected for everyone involved in sport and recreation.
We endorse the principles of the Fair Play Code and encourage our sport and recreation partners and players to be aware of the code of conduct and operate under it.
Images by Aaron Upson, Protect and 3 Degrees Marketing