GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship

The opportunity to attend the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships being held in Australia 2018, is a great honour for everyone involved. As a player, squad member or staff member it is an opportunity that only comes around once every 4 years and is played amongst the top twelve teams in the world. Although the event is not as well-known as the Paralympics, the World Championships of Wheelchair Rugby are just as prestigious and competitive as any other top World Championship event.

The team selected for the World Championship is built on the Wheel Blacks successful performance at the qualifying tournament in Switzerland earlier this year. The 2018 Wheel Black team have been training together for three years as a squad, developing a team culture of growth and grit that will see it reach it goals. With Clayton Utia returning from injury and Mike Todds return completing the Wheel Blacks team, they have continued to prepare and train hard for the best result possible at the Worlds.

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From Left: Cameron Leslie, Mike Todd, Robbie Hewitt, Tyler Jennings, Gavin Rolton, Hayden Barton-Cootes, Cody Everson, Clayton Utia, Maia Amai

The Wheel Blacks could not achieve the success they do without the support of volunteers. Volunteers are with them along the journey providing support at trainings, as well as at competitions. They are incredibly generous of their time for the success of the sport and are vital in supporting the team to reach its goals.

Volunteer Staff & Team Support

  • Andrew Chittock - Coach                                 
  • Sacha Wright - Team Manager
  • Brent Van-Moon - Sport Psychologist
  • Greg Mitchell - Mechanic
  • Kelly Chittock - Video Analysis
  • Zuzana Vaculova - Carer

NZ Wheelchair Rugby, the playing community and its volunteers wish the Wheel Blacks team all the best with their games at the World Wheelchair Rugby Championship. The New Zealand public are great supporters of wheelchair rugby and continue to donate to our sport allowing the Wheel Blacks to compete at this high level, the Wheel Blacks want to make all supporters proud and hope NZ public can watch and support the games which will be livestreamed here. The first game is against Australia, 5th of August at 2pm AEST (4pm NZST).



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.



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,

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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.



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 with the title of the official role in the subject line. Deadline for applications to be received is midday, 8th of March.