The Wheel Blacks boarded a plane to Japan today. This is the first visit to Japan for the Wheel Blacks who will adjust and prepare for the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Atsugi.
Atsugi will be welcoming the WB team with a ceremony formalising and celebrating the formal agreement of Atsugi being the host town for the Wheel Blacks. While in Atsugi, the Wheel Black team will visit a school to lead and share wheelchair rugby fun activities with the students. The Wheel Blacks will immerse themselves in Japanese culture at a Taiko drumming lesson and a Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese meal, thank you to the Asia NZ Foundation, for supporting the teams cultural experiences.
From Atsugi, the Wheel Blacks travel to Shibuya-ku, Tokyo to compete in the 2019 WWRC. New Zealand is ranked ninth in the World, this tournament allows the team to play against countries ranked first to fifth in the World. "So far this year the outcome of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics has been achieved, now the focus shifts to doing all we can to be best prepared for the Paralympic stage" says Co-Coach Neil Cudby. The objective of this trip is to close the gap in Pool play games against Australia, United States and Canada. NZ Wheel Blacks will aim to reach the medal games and we are backing them all the way.
Games can be watched via the WWWRC official youtube channel. Its worth following for a potential surprise win against any of the five top ranked teams. The WWWRC schedule and team lists can be accessed via the official event website.
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