The BASH kicks off the beginning of NZ Wheelchair Rugbys season of tournaments. Bay of Plenty Wheelchair Rugby and Parafed are hosting the event at Trustpower Baypark Arena with the wheelchair rugby tournament integrating into the Healthvision Festival of Disability Sport.

Players of all skill levels and experience come together from across New Zealand to compete. Individual players are allocated to teams resulting in them playing alongside their usual opposition, and playing against their usual teammates, making for a tournament full of competitive fun. The games are fast, loud and look brutal but very rarely cause injuries on court.


The BASH is a great starter event for new or interested players, also great for new ref's wanting to gain knowledge and experience on the court or alongside court by volunteering on the bench. NZWR players and volunteers work hard on court, at events and in between they take on volunteer committee roles to keep the sport running and growing.

NZ Wheelchair Rugby's high performance team, The Wheel Blacks, arrive in the Bay of Plenty for team training on the 29th of March. This is following the Ken Sowden Cup event in Melbourne, playing against the World number one ranked team, Australian Steelers.

More event information can be found here. If you want to volunteer at this event, or are interested in developing as a Referee, please contact