Watch Hayden and the Wheel Blacks compete against Japan tomorrow at 2.30pm NZT (11.30 KST) here. The 2019 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Asia Oceania Championship will have four days of games. For New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby to earn a qualification space for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Wheel Blacks will need to medal..

Get the tournament schedule and daily updated results here.



Name: Hayden Barton-Cootes

Nickname: H or H B C

Based: Auckland

Age: 25

Class: 3.0

How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
Since 2015, debut against Australia.

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
Catching bodies!! (Hitting others players out).
I love the physicality of the sport and travelling around the world meeting some awesome people along the way.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
No team in particular but in saying that, Korea is currently the team we need to beat to qualify for 2020 Paralympics in Japan.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Back in 2016 we lost to France by 2 points which missed out on qualifying to Rio Paralympics 🤣🤣 still hurts when I think about it. Good times.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Batman or Gav. (I was paid to say Gav's name).

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why?
Cody- because he told me I had no other option.

Favourite movie?
Troy, Remember the Titans or Coach Carter.

Go to Karaoke song ?
Wagon Wheel!!!!

Favourite food?
I love pizza and burgers.

What is your pre game routine?
Say a prayer and listening to Six60 or motivational speakers.

I want to give a huge thank you first and foremost to the lord and saviour, Jesus Christ for this opportunity to able to represent our country playing the sport I love. I would like to thank my family and friends who have supported me from the very beginning. Big thanks to DGSport, Melrose and Lynn River for the great equipment.

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