Champs roll in for wheelchair rugby

ROLLING out the big guns, a slightly different State of Origin event will also play out at Sydney Olympic Park next week.

Rugby is the fastest growing wheelchair sport in the world and defending champions the NSW Wheelchair Blues squad will host the QLD Wheelchair Maroons in the Wheelchair Rugby Interstate Challenge on Saturday, July 6, at the Quaycentre.
Coached by Brett Clark, the 17-member NSW Squad has been training together each week for the past month at the Menai Indoor Sports Stadium and heads into their big game with plenty of confidence.
Sponsored by NSW insurer and care provider, Icare, the representative game is one of the biggest events on the Wheelchair Rugby League calendar.
Icare group executive of care and community Nick Allsop said Wheelchair Rugby League Australia (WRLA) had created a truly inclusive sport.
“Returning to recreational activities and engaging in the community can be a challenge after a life-changing injury,” he said.
“WRLA’s incredible athletes exemplify the empowerment, independence, and choice we aspire to facilitate for our customers.”
Wheelchair Rugby league chair Martin Meredith welcomed Icare’s support.
“There are definite synergies between the organisations in terms of facilitating and supporting resilience, rehabilitation, health, and wellbeing,” he said.
Enjoy an afternoon of Wheelchair Rugby with a push and power game from 1pm; a showcase game between the Redbacks and the Bluetongues at 2pm; before the main game between NSW and QLD at 3pm.
Entry is free with tickets available through