WHEELCHAIR ATHELETES READY TO RUMBLE IN COUNTRY v CITY CLASH
Game and Festival – Maitland Federation Centre 24-26 May 2019
Maitland Sports Centre will host the 2019 Country City Wheelchair Rugby League clash featuring the code’s top athletes. Now in its fifth year, the game will feature representative players who will battle it out for the title.
Since the Wheelchair Rugby League Country City series began both sides have taken home the prize with City victorious in 2015 and 2018 and Country winning in 2016 and 2017, making this year’s clash a must-see event.
Wheelchair Rugby League will be showcased in a series of events in the lead up to the game:
24 May – 10 am to 2 pm – School Clinics
25 May – 3 pm to 6 pm Corporate Come and Try
26 May – from midday – Country versus City event
Team trials are underway, and the representative teams will be announced over the coming days.
All activities will be held at The Maitland Federation Centre, 10 Bent Street, Maitland.
For further details, images or interviews contact.
0421 059 866
How is Wheelchair Rugby League played?
This fast-paced game is played on an indoor court, about half the size of rugby league field. It follows a five-on-five format, using a rugby league football. A kick is achieved by a clenched fist and a tackle is achieved by removing a Velcro tag from the sleeve of an attacking player. The game can be played socially and there are defined player pathways to representative level.
The game allows up to 2 able bodied athletes per team, meaning that members of families and mates can play alongside their siblings and friends.
Wheelchair Rugby League is an inclusive sport – a variation of the running game allowing athletes with disabilities to compete with and against able-bodied people. The emphasis is on the participation, health and well-being of individuals, personal performance, social interaction and self- esteem.
Wheelchair Rugby League aspires to provide an inclusive recreational activity and to promote fun, fitness and self-development while fostering good sportsmanship in a safe and positive environment.
Wheelchair Rugby League Ambassadors are Brett Kimmorley and James Tamou.