NZ Wheelchair Rugby self funds all aspects of our sport. We are an organisation built on volunteerism and generosity of the NZ community.
Our National Wheelblacks Team, currently 8th in the world, represent us on the world stage and have a big Qualification trip to Switzerland coming up. If, or should we say when, successful we then get to attend the 2018 World Championships in Sydney five months later with the aim of medalling.
The men & women who play wheelchair rugby in New Zealand come 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 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.
Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed team sport for male and female athletes. A unique sport created by athletes with a disability, it combines elements of many sports, including basketball, rugby and ice hockey. Players compete in teams of four to carry a ball across the opposing team's goal line. Full contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents. Wheelchair Rugby is a Paralympic sport, with twenty‐six countries competing in international competition.
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Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed-team sport for athletes with a range of impairments affecting multiple limbs; although socially anyone can play, both disabled and non-disabled. Our National Wheelblacks Team, currently 8th in the world, represent us on the world stage and have a big Qualification trip to Switzerland coming up. If, or should we say when, successful we then get to attend the World Champs in Sydney five months later with the hope of medalling. Our wheelchair rugby community are volunteers who are a passionate, hardworking whanau whose commitment ensures our sport continues, grows and is internationally competitive.Our dedicated players & volunteers train & support each other in their regions, with each region travelling across NZ coming together to battle & pitch their skills against other teams.