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.

To be eligible to play Wheelchair Rugby, individuals must have a disability which affects the arms and legs. Most players have spinal cord injuries with full or partial paralysis of the legs and partial paralysis of the arms. Other disability groups who play include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, amputations, polio, and other neurological conditions. Men and women compete on the same teams and in the same competitions.

Players are assigned a sport classification based on their level of disability; teams must field players with a mix of classification values, allowing players with different functional abilities to compete together.

At Wheelchair Sports NSW we run weekly training and a monthly Club Challenge. 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 competitions around Australia, including the National Championships.

The GIO Gladiators will be playing in the National Championship 28-30 June 2019 At the Quay Centre, Sydney Olympic Park. You can follow them on Facebook and twitter @GIO_GLADIATORS. #GOTHEGLADIATORS


Wheelchair Rugby Weekly Training: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Locations in May and June 2019: St Joseph’s College, Indoor Basketball Court (Enter via Gladesville Rd) , Hunters Hill

Location July – Oct 2, 2019: Ryde Leisure Centre, 504 Victoria Rd, Ryde


NSW GIO Gladiators Training: Saturdays 9:00am – 10:00am

June 1st, July 27, August 31, September 28

Location: Netball Central, 2 Olympic Boulevard (cnr Sarah Durack Ave)
Sydney Olympic Park

Wheelchair Rugby Club Challenge: Saturdays 10:00am – 12:00pm

June 1st, July 27, August 17, September 28

Location: Netball Central, 2 Olympic Boulevard (cnr Sarah Durack Ave)
Sydney Olympic Park

Wheelchair Rugby National League Round 2: 7th – 9th June 2019

Location: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall QLD

Wheelchair Rugby National League Round 3: 11th – 13th October 2019

Location: Northern Beaches PCYC / Sargood on Collaroy

Wheelchair Rugby National Championships: 28th – 30th June 2019

Location: Quaycentre, Olympic Boulevarde, Sydney Olympic Park


Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympic Games: 26-30th August 2020

Location: Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo

Get started

Contact Pat Curtin P: +61 2 9809 5260

Partnering organisations

Disability Sports Australia 

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation


Wheelchair Sports NSW (WS NSW), formed in 1961, is a charitable organisation with a mission to enrich the lives of people living with a disability through participation in sport.

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