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Wheelchair rugby originated as “Murderball” in 1977 in Canada and is rapidly developing around the world. It is an intense, physical team sport for male and female quadriplegic (tetraplegic) athletes. Wheelchair rugby combines elements of basketball, grid-iron and ice hockey and is played on a basketball-sized court. The teams are formed by four players and up to eight substitutes. Players are classified according to their ability and are assigned a point value from 0.5 to 3.5 points (3.5 having the most function). The four players on the court cannot exceed 8.0 points unless there is a female player, resulting in a 0.5 allowance.

A volleyball is used and it can be carried, dribbled, or passed in any way except by kicking. The ball must be bounced at least once every 10 seconds. Athletes score goals by carrying the ball over the opponent’s goal line. Wheelchair Rugby is played in four eight-minute (stop-time) quarters.

As part of Wheelchair Sports NSW, we run weekly trainings and monthly local scrimmages called the “Sydney Slam Series”. Our local players also compete nationwide in scrimmages held across Australia. To those interested we can help with finding a chair so you can get in and have a go!

Our NSW Representative side is called the GIO NSW Gladiators. This is the team that represent NSW at the Fierce4 Rugby rounds as well as selected events abroad.

2016 Fierce 4 Rugby National Championships and League winners the GIO NSW Gladiators.

The GIO Gladiators are the current National Champions.You can continue to follow them on Facebook and twitter @GIO_GLADIATORS. #GOTHEGLADIATORS


Canberra Classic 2018 supported by the Vikings Group

Wheelchair Sports NSW is offering a new wheelchair rugby tournament on the national wheelchair rugby calendar.
The tournament will run Friday 9th -Sunday 11th March 2018 and will be held at the Southern Cross Stadium Tuggeranong in Greenway, ACT.
The tournament will run with mixed teams through the weekend which will be selected once all entries have been received.
The Classic is open to all levels from novice to elite. 

For more information contact Mark Wilson (02 9809 5260)




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Contact Mark Wilson P: +61 2 9809 5260

Partnering organisations

GIO NSW Gladiators

Disability Sports Australia 

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation


Wheelchair Sports NSW (WS NSW), formed in 1961, is a charitable organisation responsible for the development, promotion and delivery of wheelchair sport in NSW.

It all started more than 50 years ago with a few visionary wheelchair members who believed in the power of sport to rehabilitate and integrate.

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