Wheel Blacks Head Coach Resigns

Andy Chittock the Head Coach for the 2018 Worlds Campaign has decided to step down as the Head Coach. Andy has been involved in wheelchair rugby since 1998 as a very proactive member, supported greatly by his family. NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Wheel Blacks team has benefitted from Andys commitment and efforts – thank you Andy. We also have the benefit of Andy offering ongoing support to the Wheel Blacks programme in its transition.

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The Wheel Blacks Programme will be looking toward the Campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The NZWR Committee is currently working on a restructure of the Wheel Blacks Programme and personnel. In the next couple of weeks we will be able to outline the new structure and will begin the recruitment process to ensure we have a complete support team for the Wheel Blacks players.



NZ Wheelchair Rugby’s National Championship 2018

NZ Wheelchair Rugby, is hosting the NZ Wheelchair Rugby National Championship at Allen Brewster Leisure Centre in Papatoetoe on Saturday 1st and 2nd September. A full two days of competition commence at 9am on Saturday with the best regional players making up strong teams to battle for the trophy on Sunday at Midday.

This year five teams will battle it out for the Champions title with Athletes, Volunteer Officials and supporters coming together from across New Zealand. We know that players, officials, supporters and spectators will enjoy fast paced, highly skilled wheelchair rugby over the weekend.

Waikato are defending their title and have a very strong team. We are fortunate to have Bay of Plenty enter a team into the Nationals for the first time ever. The Auckland team, Canterbury team and Waikato team all have current Wheel Blacks players in their teams and the Nationals has tempted the 2004 Paralympian gold medallists out of retirement to form a team and compete as the Has-Beens.


NZ Wheelchair Rugby wishes to thank the Trusts Community Foundation for supporting our volunteer Officials to attend and run the Nationals Championship. Thank you also to NZ Wheelchair Rugby’s sponsor, Travel Prefab, our preferred travel provider and Melrose Chairs, Sanitarium and Coca-Cola Amatil for your support to NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Nationals Championship. 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.



NZ Wheelchair Rugby Volunteer Request 31 August – 2nd September

New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby is hosting the 2018 National Championship at Allen Brewster Leisure Centre, Papatoetoe on the 1st and 2nd of September. We have five teams competing, with regions arriving in Auckland on the Friday. Wheelchair rugby relies on the generosity of its volunteers to run a successful tournament.

We are requesting interest of volunteers to be involved in this Championship event to attend and provide support to the event tournament officials. Our event requires support over the following times.

·         Friday 31st of August                                      6pm – 8.30pm

·         Saturday 1st of September                             8.30pm – 5pm

·         Sunday 2nd of September                             9am – 3pm

To register your interest please email Jo O’Callaghan, Please include ‘Nationals Volunteer’ in the subject line.



NZ Wheelchair Rugby - Annual General Meeting 2018

The NZ Wheelchair Rugby AGM is being held at the National Championship, Saturday 1st of September at 12.15pm.

We have two very valuable committee members who confirm they will be standing down at the AGM. Yvonne Mackie, Competitions Coordinator and Jane Cotter, Treasurer will not continue as NZWR Committee members going forward. They have been incredibly valuable with their skills and knowledge and a great support to our sport.

NZ Wheelchair Rugby Committee has been eager to have representation with a regional, grassroots voice to keep the committee current with regional challenges and successes. This has been a recent gap, the NZWR Committee will always benefit by having a grassroots voice contributing for growth and development.

Each of the current NZWR Committee members have offered their availability to share their experience, the commitments required, what the roles entail and the support available to ensure success in the roles. Committee member details are on the website contacts page for you to initiate contact. 

For a copy of the Notice of Motion form, Nomination Form and Proxy Voting Form, email




Stampede League Starts Soon!

This event is part of the Parafed Waikato ACTIV8 series and hopes to build on the successful tournament we had last year.


Three Monday nights of fun Wheelchair Rugby action. Players will enter as individuals and are placed into teams to compete for the ACTIV8 trophy.

Games will be played from 6-8pm at Fairfield College, Bankwood Road, Hamilton. Players must be able to attend all three game nights.

For more information:

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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).