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Wheel Blacks head to Australia

The NZ High Performance team set off today to compete in the Australian Nationals, keep your eye out for the “Vero NZ Wheel Blacks” on the competition schedule. The Coaching Team and Wheel Blacks have been focusing on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, this tournament will provide a good opportunity to test the plans that have been put in place so far.

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Each of the Australian state sides have a sprinkling of Australian representatives from the current ranked number one side in the world. These will be strong state teams and tough games for the Vero NZ Wheel Blacks to test the metal on - What could be better!

The Wheel Blacks facebook page will be livestreaming the Vero NZ Wheel Blacks team games. The full tournament will be livestreamed at www.wheelchairrugby.com.au/live

Thank you for your support so far!

Support the Wheel Blacks journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

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Thank you to Travel Prefab, for supporting NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Wheel Blacks for their travel needs domestically and internationally.

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Amanda Lowry - Wheel Black

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Name :      Amanda Lowry

Nickname :    Manda

Based :     Tauranga

Age :     47

Class :     1.5

How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
One month.

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
It’s dynamic, it’s rough, it’s strategic...playing makes me forget I’m in a chair.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
Any...not fussy.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Discussing the merits of rhubarb crumble at dinner.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Gavin

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why? 
Hayden...so I could deliver massive hits, throw the length of the court and have great hair!

Favourite movie?
Fight club.

Favourite song genre?
House.

Favourite food?
Malaysian.

What is your pre game routine?
Do some solid two-on-two, offensive & defensive plays...get all fired up so I hit the court switched on.

Sending my Shout Out to my beautiful whanau who make the space for me to be able to play.


Support the Wheel Blacks journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Or support via our community partner, by clicking on Ohau Wines, use  code ‘WheelchairRugby’ to receive a discount for yourself, and for a portion of the sale to be donated to NZ Wheelchair Rugby.


Thank you to Travel Prefab, for supporting NZ Wheelchair Rugby and the Wheel Blacks for their travel needs domestically and internationally.

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David Klinkhamer - The Celebration Project.

Last night in Hamilton, 18 New Zealand Paralympians, their families and friends, PNZ commercial partners and business leaders came together to celebrate over 50 years of Paralympic history. NZ Wheelchair Rugby celebrates David Klinkhamer receiving his official Paralympic pin #163.

Photo Credit - Paralympics NZ & Getty Images

Photo Credit - Paralympics NZ & Getty Images

David competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games as part of the Wheel Blacks wheelchair rugby team. His involvement with Wheelchair rugby has meant David has travelled the world and met many amazing people. David is part of the Waikato Wheelchair rugby team and works at Parafed Waikato as the Sports Officer.

NZWR also want to acknowledge the ongoing work and commitment that Dave has continued to show to wheelchair rugby. Thank you Dave.


Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Or support via our community partner, by clicking on Ohau Wines, use  code ‘WheelchairRugby’ to receive a discount for yourself, and for a portion of the sale to be donated to NZ Wheelchair Rugby.

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Robbie Hewitt - Wheel Black

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Name :  Rob Hewitt

Nickname :  Robo, Yob, Yobo - anything Rob related 

Based :     The Tron city of the future

Age :     34

Class :     2.0

How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
I have been involved with the Wheel Blacks since 2010 and made my international debut 2013 in South Africa.

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
It’s great being involved in a team sport with like-minded individuals all striving to achieve the same goal. Traveling around the world getting amazing opportunities. Picking up life hacks to develop skills to improve my standard of living.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
At the moment we have an amazing opportunity to qualify for the Paralympics, so I would have to say Korea right now as they are the team we have to beat to get to Tokyo 2020.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Earlier on we had an amazing opportunity to play Auz and USA outside a custom made court in front of an amazing cathedral in Sydney. We played in the evening under lights. I’ve never heard of teams playing outside again.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Cameron Leslie, or at least he thinks he is.

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why? 
Joe Delagrave, one of the best 2 pointers in the world.

Favourite movie?
Remember the Titans.

Favourite song genre?
Wagon Wheel.

Favourite food?
Nanna’s B and E pie, ask H and Lewi.

What is your pre game routine?
I’m always last to get ready and get a bit of flack for it. Like to chuck on some good tunes, talk a bit of rubbish and get in the zone.

The loudest Shout out for DG Sport, Lynn River, Waikato Rugby Union, Waihou Rugby and sports Club, COBRAS. The Hewitt Family, Nana and Poppa, local Te Aroha community, Brendon Mes, The New Zealand Rugby Foundation. 

Donate here to support the Wheel Blacks and NZ Wheelchair Rugby on their journey to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Or support via our community partner, by clicking on Ohau Wines, use  code ‘WheelchairRugby’ to receive a discount for yourself, and for a portion of the sale to be donated to NZ Wheelchair Rugby.

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Gavin Rolton - Wheel Black

Name :        Gavin Rolton

Nickname : G

Based :       Kapiti

Age :           36

Class :        0.5

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How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
Since 2009, getting old so my teammates keep telling me.
 

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
I love the game, love the people and the places it's taken me.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
USA - they tackle hard.


What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
Going to Paris to promote the game, the French team laid it on, it was amazing.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Hands down me! I crack myself up.

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why?
Willy Harris, he’s the definition of an athlete.

Favourite movie?
Days of Thunder.

Favourite song genre?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Nz Dub.

Favourite food?
Mels meatless Monday that's spicy 

What is your pre game routine?
Listen to Cody's mixmaster massive 

Your Shout out?:
Giving a big shout out to my family and friends for their support, Mel for her support and looking after the kids, Drake Medox No1 in homecare services, DG Sport, Lynn river.

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Cody Everson - Wheel Blacks Player Profile

Nickname :   
The Lion

Based :    Christchurch

Age :     23

Class :     1.0 

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How long have you been involved with the Wheel Blacks?
I have been involved with the Wheel Blacks since 2015, debuting against Australia.

What do you love about wheelchair rugby?
I love being involved in a team again. Wheelchair rugby is such a physical but technical game you have to always be at your best. Plus we get to travel all over the world to play - that is something I have no issues with.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?
Honestly, I just look forward to playing any team, just get me on court! But if I did have to pick one it would be Australia as they are number 1 in the world and one day I want it to be New Zealand to take the top spot.

What’s your best memory with the Wheel Blacks?
My best memory with the Wheel Blacks would definitely be going to Switzerland to play 8 strong international teams. We had to place 4th or better to qualify for world champs in Sydney later that year. We got 2nd that tournament and I ended up coming away with MVP of the entire tournament, so it was a good memory from a team and a personal aspect.

Who is the funniest teammate?
Oh definitely Gavin the straight line specialist Rolton - you just never know whats going to come out of his mouth and I do enjoy that.

If you could be another player for a week who would it be and why?
Hayden Barton-Cootes - have you seen that man hit?!!! Like I hit hard but him, you could almost go as far as saying people avoid making contact with him on court. So yeah I’d like to be feared by other teams. He has cool hair too and big muscles, you better want to be me too H.

Favourite movie?
Honestly, I just cant go past Pirates of the Caribbean , Game of Thrones if we talking TV shows though…

Favourite song genre?
If it sounds good, I’ll listen to it. No specific genre for me.

Favourite food?
Jess makes some pretty mean Nachos.

What is your pre game routine?
I’m usually the designated DJ before games so not much of a routine but I make sure I've always got tunes lined up - the songs may not be everyone’s cup of tea though haha.

Your shout out?
Love to give a big shout out to my partner Jess, my family and friends. The Rugby Foundation for your on going support since my accident. Tyler at Peak Performance Centre always keeping me in shape. Concept 2 for coming to the the party supporting me in my aspirations to go Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Thanks guys.

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