NZ Wheelchair Rugby self funds all aspects of our sport. We are an organisation built on volunteerism and generosity of the NZ community.
New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby need your help to fundraise for our national team the Wheelblacks ahead of the Paralympic Qualifying Tournament in Wellington (20th - 24th March 2024). The event is the last chance for teams around the world to secure one of three remaining spots at the 2024 Paralympic Games.
Regardless of whether you are able to donate, you should certainly consider attending the tournament in person! Watching some of the best athletes in the world competing in this amazing sport is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
The Wheelblacks are a team who truly embody the kiwi spirit. The players all have a significant physical disability but that doesn't stop them from living life to the fullest, striving for success on the wheelchair rugby world stage. The team have been building momentum since the Tokyo Paralympics and had some very tight games against some top 8 teams at the 2022 World Champs and subsequent tournaments. This competition is the critical step on their journey towards the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
The players don't receive any compensation from playing sport and New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby is almost entirely volunteer driven, except for a single employee. The majority of the sports financial resources come from the generosity of the public. Please consider donating to help New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby send our national team to this critical event.
With community support, NZ Wheelchair Rugby can continue planning the positive future of our sport. NZ Wheelchair Rugby thanks you for supporting our sport via the Give-a-little page.
The men & women who play wheelchair rugby in New Zealand are bound together through hard work and sacrifice… and united by the shared experience of having a disability. Yet this disability doesn’t define who they are – they are husbands & wives, sons & daughters, brothers & sisters… their lives defined by their jobs, their studies, their upbringing – their home cities and towns. And they are athletes.
Those that rise to the level of representing New Zealand are also defined by the title of being a Wheel Black.
The athletes who have the privilege to call themselves Wheel Blacks are amongst our most talented, well trained and prepared athletes in the country… as well as being some of our most inspirational Kiwi’s. Their grit and determination in the face of adversity is unquestionable and uncompromising.