Liam Luff’s dedication to Wheelchair Rugby League took a while to develop, but following a season away from the game he says, “When I came back something just switched, and I loved it and became committed.”

Disability athlete Liam is a wheelchair all-rounder who had previously mastered wheelchair track racing as well as Wheelchair Basketball. “I’d jumped around a few different sports before, but never found one that really stuck.” Liam admits that even after debuting with the West Tigers Wheelchair Rugby League team in 2016, Wheelchair RL didn’t seem like his game. However, after that break, he says: “I loved it and became committed.”

He matured as a player after that. “Slowly over the next few years I worked and learnt from those around me and improved season upon season, and developed a passion for the game,” says Liam.

He says the game has brought him, “The opportunity to be a part of an incredible team of people, and to be able to have an experience I never thought I’d have the opportunity to.” Liam now plays with the Parramatta Eels Wheelchair RL team and will represent Australia at the World Cup.

Nicknamed ‘Ruff’, the Shire-raised wheelchair athlete follows NRL’s Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and is a fan of Sharks player Ronaldo Mulitalo. His pastimes include watching NBA games and wrestling, video games and music. His favourite movie is Die Hard and his choice of famous person he’d most like to meet is Lakers legend Lebron James.

Liam has big ambitions for 2022, “Representing Australia is the greatest honour you could ever get, and coming away with the win is the absolute goal here.”