Wheelchair Rugby – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the third of the series of sports, we highlight the sport of wheelchair rugby and Michael Kerr.
Wheelchair rugby is a combination of rugby, handball and basketball. Teams are made up of two teams of four players in purpose built wheelchairs. The objective of the game is to score as many goals as possible which can be done by crossing the opponent’s goal line carrying the ball.
The game of wheelchair rugby first appeared at the Sydney Paralympic Games and it was created for and by people with quadriplegia. The game is played with four 8-minute quarters with 5-minute intervals between the second and third half and 2-minute intervals between the others.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will see one Scottish player as part of ParalympicsGB:
- Michael made was first selected for the GB team in 2006 for the Demolition Derby in Alabama, USA
- Michael made his Paralympic debut in London 2012 where the GB team finished in 5th place
- Michael is classified as a 1.5 player
For a schedule of Wheelchair Rugby events please follow the link below: https://smsprio2016-a.akamaihd.net/sport/ALktBJ/rio2016_%20spectator_guide_%20pg_wheelchair_rugby_en.pdf
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet on Wheelchair Rugby which can be downloaded here.
And a video showing rugby for participants with a disability can be viewed here:
Please return tomorrow for all the information relating to Wheelchair Basketball. Scotland’s Robyn Love will be competing as part of ParalympicsGB.