Paralympic bound athletes go head to head at the Wheelchair Rugby National Championship

by Rugby Australia

The Australian Wheelchair Rugby National Championship is underway on the Gold Coast this week, as Victoria aims to defend its crown from two years ago.

For the first time, the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre is hosting Australia’s best teams across three days of action.

Wheelchair Rugby Australia’s General Manager, Chris Nay said “This is a fantastic outcome for our sport. After the disappointment of 2020’s event being cancelled, reinstating the event on the Gold Coast in a world-class competition venue is the perfect way to recommence domestic wheelchair rugby competition in Australia.

“This event is the pinnacle of the sport domestically, and this competition will showcase wheelchair rugby in its best light to new audiences and in a new host city.

“For the first time there will be two tiers of competition and eight (8) competing teams and we look forward to delivering an event the wheelchair rugby community can be extremely proud of,” Nay said.

For the first time the competition will include two divisions designed to enhance opportunities for developing players, which has resulted in the return of the West Coast Enforcers and the South Australian Sharks back into the competition.

The event will showcase some of the best wheelchair rugby talent across Australia as they play for their representative state teams in what will be their final preparation ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic games.

Crowds are encouraged to pack out Finals day on Sunday 30 May with tickets available at www.wheelchairrugby.com.au

2021 Wheelchair Rugby National Championship
Dates:
Friday 28 May – Sunday 30 May
Venue: Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Carrara QLD 4211