NRL Wheelchair Rugby League - From Injury to Origin



Following an injury in 2015, Zachary was introduced to Wheelchair sports by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.


He began playing wheelchair basketball and NRL wheelchair rugby league before being medically discharged in May of 2016.


Zachary’s first taste of NRL Wheelchair Rugby League was at a ‘come and try’ session in Townsville in early 2016 and from that he played in the 2016 Interstate challenge.


Due to medical problems associated with his service, he missed both the 2017 and 2018 Interstate challenges.


Better adjusted, he got back into the game this year, and was given the opportunity to try out for the Queensland team.


Zachary was successful in being selected for the team and took to the field against NSW in the recent NRL Wheelchair State of Origin in Sydney.


Zachary says:

“Wheelchair Rugby League has helped me immensely. Being involved in a team sport again has helped my mental health, it gives you the drive which I have found hard to get post discharge.



The team spirit and camaraderie in camp was amazing, you could tell everyone was giving 110% and we all had each other’s backs.


The most exciting part of this game is that it is fully inclusive, so if you are able bodied and have a mate or family member in a chair, you can come and play alongside them or vice versa.”


There are opportunities to become involved in the sport in both Queensland and NSW.


Contact: support@veteransport.org.au to find out how.

© 2016 by NRL Wheelchair.

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