Queensland Wheelchair Rugby League
Initially established in 2015, after the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby League Interstate Challenge, “Queensland Wheelchair Rugby League” (QLDWRL) is the governing body of NRL Wheelchair in the north east Australian state of Queensland. As a state branch of Wheelchair Rugby League Australia Incorporated, it will be responsible for the introduction and management of wheelchair rugby league within the state.
QLSWRL has had many obstacles to overcome in becoming established, mainly due to the population spread and size of Queensland. However, the passion of players within the state has enabled the sport of NRL Wheelchair to slowly spread, with regional competitions and development days developing up and down the coast.
QLDWRL Sub Branches
Initially, Queensland Wheelchair Rugby League will be developing competitions in three regions. These region (or sub-branches) will be responsible for building and running local competitions. These local competitions will be used to provide grassroots and development opportunities for new and existing players, and will be the first step in the path to representative wheelchair rugby league.
Queensland Wheelchair Maroons
In 2019 Queensland participated in the NRL Wheelchair Interstate Challenge against reigning champions, NSW, at Sydney Olympic Park. The Interstate Challenge has become NRL Wheelchair’s version of the NRL State of Origin, planned to be played yearly between Queensland and New South Wales. As the sport grows both nationally and internationally, the NRL Wheelchair State of Origin is set to become one of the biggest yearly events on the wheelchair rugby league calendar.
With the growth of wheelchair rugby league over the past 12 months, this year’s Wheelchair Maroon’s team selection for the NRL Wheelchair State of Origin has been made available to ALL residents in Queensland. Anyone with or without a disability or injury has the chance to represent our great state, with future opportunities to represent Australia over the coming years.
If you would like to try out for the Wheelchair Maroons from anywhere in Queensland, please email QLDWRL Head Coach, JJ Atuahiva, with your name and contact details, stating in 25 words or less why you should represent our great state.
All those wishing to try out for the Queensland Wheelchair Maroons must also be financial members of NRL Wheelchair ($20). Please select one of the links associated with your closest region below to register as a 2021 NRL Wheelchair Member.
Remember, we are a fully inclusive sport, allowing people with and without disabilities or injuries to participate at all levels, so we welcome expressions of interest. Good luck to all participants!