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WRC1 & WRC2 Full Results

The WRC's were well supported by the regions, volunteers and spectators. A total of 34 games were played over two weekends. Thank you to the host regions, Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby and Manawatu Wheelchair Rugby, for their fantastic work and to all the sponsors for their generosity in supporting the events. Auckland took the win and took home the Martin Shield for 2018. Full results below.
 

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The New Zealand Defence Force Invictus Wheelchair Rugby Team were invited to play in the tournament as a build up to the World Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia October 20-27. The Invictus team were able to play competitively, with official results showing a scoreline of 1-0 to their opposition due to the differing rules for Invictus Games to the IWRF rules that the WRC’s follow.

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Wheelchair Rugby Championship - Round 2

Manawatu Wheelchair Rugby, in conjunction with NZ Wheelchair Rugby, is hosting Round 2 of the NZ Wheelchair Rugby Championship (WRC) at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North on Saturday 16th and 17th June. A full two days of competition commence at 9am on Saturday with teams battling to compete in the finals on Sunday. The WRC’s see the toughest competition played across  NZ’s entire Wheelchair rugby season. 

This year eight teams will battle it out for national pride with Athletes, Volunteer Officials and supporters coming together from across New Zealand. We know that players, officials, supporters and spectators will enjoy some great wheelchair rugby action over the weekend.

Prior to the WRC tournament, the Wheel Blacks (NZ Wheelchair Rugby elite team), are running their training camp in the Massey Teaching Gym at Massey University Sport & Rugby Institute. The Wheel Blacks came second in the recent World Qualifier Tournament and are now preparing for the  World Championships being held in August in Australia. If you are interested in seeing the NZ Wheel Blacks training this will take place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June, alternatively, you can come to Central Energy Trust Arena to see the Wheel Blacks play a game against NZ Regional Reps on Saturday, 16th June at 5.30pm

NZ Wheelchair Rugby wishes to thank the Southern Trust for supporting our volunteer Officials to attend and run both WRC rounds. Thank you also to NZ Wheelchair Rugby’s sponsor, Travel Prefab, our preferred travel provider. Manawatu Wheelchair Rugby are gratefully supported by their local community for this event. The role of sponsors in our sport is critical. We wish to thank each and every one for your generous contributions. Without your help wheelchair rugby events would not be possible.

For further information contact Henry Matthews, henry.matthews@xtra.co.nz

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Ex-athletes onto Classification Panels

IWRF is calling ex-athletes to apply to be trained as classification panel members. These panel members have the opportunity to become Technical Classifiers. We would love to see New Zealanders apply for these roles for the trial period. More information here.

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NZ Wheelchair Rugby - Volunteers

It is time for NZ Wheelchair Rugby to advertise volunteer roles for Heads of departments. We have several vacancies for volunteers to take up official roles and support the development of our sport. These are two-year appointment roles. NZ Wheelchair Rugby extends a great thank you to the current official role holders, Sara Edwards, Scotty Clouston Julius, Bevin Jenkinson and Yvonne Mackie. These volunteers and their teams have given alot of volunteer hours and commitment to our sport, as heads of their departments. These volunteers are welcome to reapply alongside any new applicants. 

Click on the roles to view the job description:
Head Referee                   Head Classifier
Head Bench                     Competition Coordinator

Applications for these roles should include detail of all relevant experience. All applications will be confidential. Please email your applications to Admin@wheelchairrugby.org.nz with the title of the official role in the subject line. Deadline for applications to be received is midday, 8th of March.

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IWRF World Championship Qualifier - Wheel Blacks team.

The 2018 IWRF World Championship Qualification Tournament will be held April 2 - 9 in Notwill, Switzerland. The top four teams of this qualifier will be invited to attend the 2018 IWRF World Championship.

Our NZ team, the Wheel Blacks, depart 29th of March flying for 24 hours to reach Switzerland. It seems to me that the flights alone will be a tough challenge. Even with these tough flights, we are sure that our team will fly well and go on to be in the top four of this qualifier. 

The following are the selected Wheel Blacks team who continually work hard, commit huge amounts of time and energy to high performance wheelchair rugby. 

Wheel Blacks Players

Cameron Leslie                                                Hayden Barton Cootes

Tyler Jenning                                                    Maia Amai

Robert Hewitt                                                   Clayton Utia

Cody Everson                                                   Gavin Rolton

Team Staff

Andrew Chittock - Coach                                  Sacha Wright - Team Manager

Zuzana Vaculova - Team Carer                         Greg Mitchell - Mechanic

Kelly Chittock - Video Analysis                         Brent Mowbray - Performance Psychologist

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