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IWRF NEWS

Nov
23
2017
IWRF is seeking bids to host four Championship events to be held in 2018 and 2019. All eligible countries are encouraged to consider submitting a bid to host one of these events.

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Nov
7
2017
An expression of interest has gone out to IWRF’s European members to gauge interest in participation in the project over the next few years. A key part to the collaboration will be access to funding through an application to the European Union’s Erasmus+ grant programme. Read more
Nov
6
2017
“We have been going pretty well, our team is definitely improving all the time. We just need more opportunities to play against more international teams.” Read more
Nov
5
2017
The Dutch faced a strong Russia team in an exciting final that resulted in a 51-48 victory. While Russia had hoped to do better, both teams were pleased with their overall performances as they have now qualified for next years IWRF European Division B Championship. Read more
Nov
4
2017
Europe is the IWRF's larges zone with 17 member countries, and at least 7 other countries developing the sport nationally. Because of the size of the zone, a divisional championship structure has been put in place to allow all member countries the opportunity to compete, and improve their world rankings. Read more
Oct
27
2017
IWRF European Division C Championship take place from November 2nd-4th in Grosswallstadt, Germany. Read more
Oct
3
2017
The survey will be available online from October 1through December 1, 2017. If you have already taken the survey at one of the recent IWRF Zone Championships it is not necessary to take it again. Read more
Oct
2
2017
Please find attached a letter regarding the qualification process for the GIO 2018 IWRF World Championship. Read more
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Oct
1
2017
Attached are the results of classification conducted at the recent IWRF Asia-Oceania Championship held in Auckland, New Zealand. Read more
Sep
29
2017
US wheelchair rugby captain remembers thrilling Paralympic final loss to Australia Read more
Sep
22
2017
Attached are the results of classification conducted at the recent IWRF Americas Championship in Asunción, Paraguay. Read more
Sep
18
2017
As our partnership with World Rugby continues to grow, the IWRF Board wishes to align the language of our sport with the sport of Rugby. As part of this alignment we will be updating the rules of wheelchair rugby to reflect the IWRF partnership with World Rugby. Read more
Sep
16
2017
Tim Johnson is the manager of the IWRF World Ranking System and can be reached at tim@iwrf.com if you have any questions about the proposed new world ranking system. Read more
Sep
12
2017
Over the past several years there have been a lot of questions about the rules, interpretations and best practice for officiating of the ball holder. Teams are often unsure of how the ball holder should be built and how the ball holder is assessed during chair check or during play. Read more
Sep
9
2017
The USA Wheelchair Rugby team went undefeated in the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Americas Championship. Read more
Sep
8
2017
IWRF President John Bishop said, “IWRF congratulates all the members of the new IPC Governing Board and we look forward to working with them. Read more
Sep
2
2017
Congratulations to Team USA, who have won the IWRF Americas Championship in Asuncion, Paraguay. Full details can be found here. Read more
Sep
1
2017
The IWRF is already talking with various people involved with Wheelchair 7s Rugby and both organisations will be meeting shortly. It is hoped that this is the start of many future discussions and will be an opportunity for us all to understand our individual sports better. Read more
Aug
31
2017
The IWRF Asia-Oceania Championship was held in Auckland, New Zealand from August 25-31, 2017. The four teams competing were Australia, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand Read more
Aug
26
2017
My committee members assured me my ‘non-immersion’ into wheelchair rugby was what made my contribution invaluable to the team, as everyone else had lived and breathed the sport for many years. Therefore, viewing the sport as a genuine outsider would be beneficial for offering a fresh and different perspective. Read more
Aug
19
2017
Low Pointers is a variation of the game where the maximum number of points that can be on the court is only 3.5 rather than the usual 8 points. It’s for players who are classified 1.5 and below. Read more
Aug
12
2017
This is the first time a total of 8 state teams participated in the Wheelchair Rugby National. The participants States were New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Punjab, Mumbai and host Bihar. Read more
Aug
11
2017
While Wheelchair Rugby National Championships are held annually in Australia, this year’s event was unique in that there were two Championships on offer - the 2017 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship and the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Official Test Event. Read more
Aug
4
2017
Rising competition and No. 1 status puts pressure on 2018 Worlds host nation. The 2018 IWRF World Championships will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park from 4-10 August. Read more
Aug
2
2017
Five nations will compete in Grosswallstadt, Germany for one of two spots that will qualify them for the IWRF 2018 European Division B Championship. Read more
Jul
28
2017
“This team represents the beginning of a journey towards Tokyo 2020, ” said USA head coach James Gumbert. “Our roster showcases youth as well as seasoned leaders, we expect the America Zone to be very competitive.” Read more
Jul
27
2017
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation is seeking a host for the 2018 IWRF World Championship Qualification Tournament. Read more
Jul
18
2017
Doubling as a qualifier for the 2018 IWRF World Championships in Sydney, the Steelers don’t need to worry after earning automatic passage thanks to their gold medal winning performance at last year’s Paralympic Games in Rio. They would also have qualified as the host nation. Read more
Jul
12
2017
IWRF Sub Zone Vice President Rodney Holt explained “our strategy is to develop wheelchair rugby in the Southeast Asian region step by step. Starting with the pioneers Malaysia and Thailand in 2013, followed by Indonesia in 2014, Singapore in 2016, and Timor-Leste in 2017, we are planning for the Philippines in 2018. Read more
Jul
11
2017
Upon the request of several members and after consultation with the IWRF Classification Committee, IWRF will be releasing the results of classification conducted at IWRF sanctioned events. Read more
Jul
9
2017
The first task was to get a good overview of the officials in Germany. Therefore, the officials had to report their activity over the past two years and whether they are interested to move forward as an official. Most officials enjoy just being involved nationally in wheelchair rugby. However, some showed interest in moving forward. Read more
Jul
8
2017
In 2015, players from Germany, Great Britain, Poland, USA, Israel and France were gathered for the Women's Cup! Registration includes ground transportation, meals and accommodations, and is free for all players and caregivers registered by 20 September. Read more
Jul
1
2017
The final was a repeat of the 2015 tournament, which GB won by a point in Finland two years ago. After a nail biting opening two quarters with the score locked at 25-25, the reigning champions ramped up the pressure and managed to secure the win in Germany. Read more
Jun
30
2017
Sweden and Great Britain confirmed their place in tomorrow’s 2017 IWRF European Championships Final in Koblenz. Read more
Jun
29
2017
Both GB and Sweden are undefeated so far in Koblenz and they will face France, and Denmark in the semi finals (3pm and 5pm CEST) Read more
Jun
28
2017
In Group A, Germany started the 2017 European Championships in style with a 53-37 win over Finland. Despite leading for most of the first half, the hosts struggled in their second game against Sweden as they lost, 48-55. Read more
Jun
26
2017
The IWRF 2017 European Championship will be held on June 24 to July 1, at the Conlog Arena in Koblenz, Germany. The top four teams from this event will qualify for IWRF 2018 Worlds. Read more
Jun
20
2017
Jonathan Hivernat is optimistic for his team ahead of the European Championship. "The key was the determination, the desire to achieve a dream to be realised in front of our fans and the heart of this team. Read more
Jun
12
2017
Eight teams will meet over five days of competition in hopes of being crowned European champion, and earning one of four European spots at next year’s IWRF World Championship in Sydney, Australia. Read more
Jun
6
2017
The Danes captured the event held at the Ursynow Arena in Warsaw, Poland, with four wins against quality Europeans rivals. Read more
May
29
2017
The Classification Committee is an IWRF Standing Committee established to provide advice and consultation on issues related to the classification of wheelchair rugby athletes. Read more
May
28
2017
This year’s Metro Cup will be staged from 30 May-4 June at the Ursynow Arena in Warsaw, Poland. The annual event will see host Poland test themselves against European opponents Denmark, France, Germany and Sweden before meeting again for the European title in Koblenz, Germany, from 24 June -1 July. Read more
May
27
2017
The Development Committee is an IWRF Standing Committee established to provide advice and consultation on issues related to the international development of the sport of wheelchair rugby. Read more
May
26
2017
The players we worked with didn't have $10,000 wheelchairs, straps, gloves, compression gear, tape, glasses, ice vests, rollers, or a spare wheel. They had multi-sport wheelchairs that were donated from Motivation. Read more
May
25
2017
The Competitions Committee is an IWRF Standing Committee established to provide advice and consultation on issues related to international competitions in wheelchair rugby. Read more
May
24
2017
“As long as we stick to our game plans and perform to the standard that we know we're capable of, then we stand a good chance of retaining our title" - James Roberts Read more
May
22
2017
My wife and I have always loved Asia so when we first started expanding our business outside of the UK, it was always going to be this part of the world that we focused on. Earlier this year, we put together a tour that saw us visit Singapore and Hong Kong among other places. Read more
May
13
2017
The Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama was the 2017 Tri Nations Invitational host from May 10-13, with the USA, Canada and Japan participating. The teams entered the invitational ranked by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) 2, 4 and 3, respectively. Read more
May
8
2017
The 2017 Tri Nations Wheelchair Rugby Invitational will be held Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13 at the Lakeshore Foundation, and features the nations of Canada, Japan and the USA. Read more
Apr
19
2017
The thirst for knowledge was apparent from the beginning with an avalanche of questions and players wanting to get stuck in. The IWRF team were impressed with the level of ball and chair skills, which is credited to the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed having compulsory sport sessions every afternoon for rehab. Read more
Apr
14
2017
Despite not qualifying for Rio 2016, the Danish wheelchair rugby team has renewed hope ahead of the European Championships. Read more
Apr
7
2017
The Competition and Sanctioning regulations have been revised and updated following a comprehensive review by the IWRF Competitions Committee. Read more
Mar
31
2017
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has announced the hosts for the 2017 Americas and Asia-Oceania Championships. Read more
Mar
24
2017
With roster changes since Rio 2016, the wheelchair rugby player knows the 2017 Europeans will be a tough battle.
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Mar
23
2017
The GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship will be the largest disability sporting event to be held in Australia since the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Read more
Mar
20
2017
Teams were drawn in pairs based on their current IWRF World Ranking, with Host Country Germany choosing their pool at the end of the draw. Read more
Mar
19
2017
The VWG was established to investigate the increasing popularity of wheelchair rugby and how it is developing worldwide. The IWRF have been aware of sports developing that use the name of wheelchair rugby and/or have a resemblance to the able-bodied sport of rugby. Read more
Mar
18
2017
The draw for this summer’s competition will take place on Monday 20 March at 15:30 Central European Time, and streamed live on Facebook. Read more
Feb
28
2017
Côté is held in high regard throughout the wheelchair rugby community. He has received wide acclaim for his technical understanding of wheelchair rugby, in addition to his development and use of data analytics solutions. Read more
Feb
24
2017
Australia will host the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) World Championships for the first time in 2018, with the other teams out to upstage the hosts. “If teams weren’t gunning for us before, they’ll be gunning for us even harder now,” Batt said. Read more
Feb
13
2017
“Para-sports need not just be for the goal of playing in international tournaments,” said Kuppusamy. “The two goals of building an open team and training for the Para Games work in synergy with each other. Read more
Feb
4
2017
New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby has 6 used rugby chairs for sale that would be ideal for new and developing countries. Read more
Jan
27
2017
The Danish national team will chase its third consecutive medal at the European Championships this summer, with the American veteran at the helm as head coach. Regier comes with 12 years of national team experience from the US, where he most recently played as vice-captain and helped his side to Paralympic silver in Rio in 2016. Read more
Jan
21
2017
The European Division A Championship highlights the IWRF 2017 calendar. Read more
Jan
9
2017
With one eye on the next Paralympic Games, many of this year’s Ones to Watch are young athletes who will develop between now and Tokyo 2020. Others are Paralympic and world medallists looking to stay at the top of their game. Read more
Dec
8
2016
The IWRF have been aware of sports developing, and in 2016 established the group to assess and identify wheelchair rugby variants and organisations in terms of participation, global reach, governance (including not-for-profit or commercial), level of sport development, and any associated risks/challenges. Read more
Dec
5
2016
This is the first time Germany has hosted the IWRF European Championship. Germany was one of the first countries in Europe to take up the sport of Wheelchair Rugby, and has participated in every European Championship since the first one in 1995 Read more
Dec
3
2016
The year 2016 will go down as one of the most successful in the history of wheelchair rugby, with the sport experiencing rapid growth and exposure in the past 12 months. Read more
Nov
28
2016
Based on the availability of classification, we are expecting interest from International teams again this year. Depending on the number of teams who apply to attend we are open to having teams split in half to support development. Read more
Nov
17
2016
Japan made history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first Asian nation to win a wheelchair rugby medal at a Paralympic Games. Read more
Nov
14
2016
Delegates from 22 IWRF member countries were joined by IWRF Zone Presidents, Committee Chairs, and the Board of Directors, along with other members of the global Wheelchair Rugby family. Read more
Nov
3
2016
This exciting and long-term oriented task requires a high level of communication skills, dedication and a great deal of flexibility. Distinctive knowledge and the ability to coach Wheelchair Rugby is of a very high importance Read more
Oct
27
2016
“The IPC considered feedback from International Federations, National Paralympic Committees and legal experts and believe that the Standards are now much clearer and more concise. This will enable all Para sports to take their own classification standards, processes and procedures to a higher level.” Read more
Oct
24
2016
As the youngest wheelchair rugby players on their respective teams, Australian Jayden Warn and the USA’s Kory Puderbaugh had a Paralympic Games debut that would be hard to forget. Read more
Oct
10
2016
Played over three days at the Jakarta Intercultural School in what was the first wheelchair rugby tournament ever held in Indonesia’s capital, one of the over 30 sports in the 2016 Tafisa World Games supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Sports. Read more
Oct
9
2016
The IWRF European Division B Championship took place in Notwill, Switzerland from October 3-8, 2016. Full tournament results can be found here. Read more
Oct
5
2016
Attached are important documents related to the IWRF 2016 General Assembly and Conference to be held in Frankfort, Germany from November 12-15, 2016. Read more
Oct
3
2016
The IWRF Variants Working Group (VWG) has been set up to discuss wheelchair sports based on able-bodied rugby, which are being developed across the world. The first formal meeting was held in August 2016. Read more
Sep
25
2016
With the Rio 2016 Paralympics now over, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the top quotes from the wheelchair rugby competition. Enjoy! Read more
Sep
19
2016
So many lessons were learned at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Ace writer Beau Greenway has picked his top 5 from the wheelchair rugby competition Read more
Sep
18
2016
Australia are the Rio 2016 wheelchair rugby Paralympic gold medallist after beating the USA in double overtime, 59-58. Japan made history by defeating Canada to win their very first Paralympic medal in the sport. Read more
Sep
18
2016
Australia wins gold, USA gets silver, and Japan earns bronze. Full standings and game results can be found here. Read more
Sep
18
2016
Australia and USA will headline the last day of the Paralympics when they meet in the gold medal match at 12.30pm, with Canada and Japan to fight for bronze to start the day at the earlier start time of 9am. Read more
Sep
17
2016
Final showdown promises to be a classic as two of the game’s strongest nations put in clinical displays in semi-final victories. Heavyweights Australia and the USA will meet in the Paralympic Games gold medal match after winning their semi-final clashes on Saturday (17 September). Read more
Sep
17
2016
A mouth-watering fourth day of the Rio 2016 wheelchair rugby competition lies ahead at the Carioca Arena 1 on Saturday (17 September), with the world’s top four teams to do battle in the semi-finals. Read more
Sep
16
2016
Australia and the USA topped their respective pools with epic overtime victories against Canada and Japan in what will go down as one of the most memorable days of competition in the sport’s history Read more
Sep
16
2016
The Rio 2016 wheelchair rugby semi-finalists were determined on Thursday (15 September), but the world’s top four nations stirll have to fight for top spot in the pools during Friday’s (16 September) final preliminary matches at Carioca Arena 1.
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Sep
15
2016
Australia, Canada, USA and Japan all improved their chances of qualifying for the semi-final stages with wins on day two of the wheelchair rugby tournament at Rio 2016 in front of huge crowds at Carioca Arena 1.
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Sep
15
2016
Four more tense wheelchair rugby matches are scheduled in the Carioca Arena 1 on Thursday (15 September) as the world’s best teams chase Paralympic glory at Rio 2016. Read more
Sep
14
2016
Underdogs Brazil put up stirring fight against Canada in front of a partisan home crowd on first day of competition at Carioca Arena 1. Read more
Sep
14
2016
Heavyweights Australia and Great Britain clash on the opening day and hosts Brazil are hoping to land a giant upset against Canada. Read more
Sep
13
2016
A handy guide to all wheelchair rugby action, which begins 14 September at the Carioca Arena 1. Read more
Sep
11
2016
The wheelchair rugby competition will begin at 10:30 (BRT) on Wednesday, 14 September. Game results and webcasting details are provided here. Read more
Sep
5
2016
Fans can find out where the can watch Rio 2016 in their country at www.paralympic.org/watch-rio-2016 with more deals expected to be added before Rio 2016 gets underway. Read more
Sep
2
2016
IWRF is seeking applications from individuals interested in filling the role of Technical Delegate at IWRF competitions between 2017 and 2020. Read more
Aug
26
2016
The draw has been made for the 2016 IWRF European Championship Division B which will be held in Nottwil, Switzerland, from 3-10 October 2016. Read more
Aug
23
2016
Australia’s Ryley Batt and Canada’s Zak Madell opened up on their chances of winning the coveted wheelchair rugby Paralympic gold. Read more
Aug
8
2016
The squad recently travelled to Australia to compete in their national wheelchair rugby championships and went through the competition undefeated. This included wins against Australian state teams and New Zealand’s national side.
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Jul
22
2016
The wheelchair rugby competition will begin at 10:30 (BRT) on Wednesday, 14 September with defending Paralympic champions Australia taking on Great Britain. Host nation Brazil will face Canada to close out the first day of play at 19:15. Read more
Jul
15
2016
All IWRF member nations in good standing are encouraged to send voting delegates to the General Assembly. Non-member countries and all other interested parties are welcome to attend, but will not have voting rights. Read more
Jul
6
2016
The 2018 IWRF World Championship will bring twelve of the world’s best Wheelchair Rugby teams to the Sydney Olympic Park complex from August 4 to 10, 2018. Host Australia will be joined by eleven others determined through a regional qualification process beginning at this year’s Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Jun
27
2016
The United States won all six of their games at the Canada Cup, a major competition in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Jun
26
2016
Originally created to provide an elite competition prior to the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, this tournament has grown to become one of the sports premier events. This is the seventh Canada Cup to be held for this biannual competition. Read more
Jun
23
2016
Before they meet at Rio 2016, Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, Great Britain and Sweden will clash during a four-day tournament. Read more
Jun
18
2016
Russia and Italy will now advance on to the IWRF 2016 European Division B Championship, which will be held in Nottwil, Switzerland in October. This was the first IWRF championship to be held in Italy; and marked the first appearance by Israel at a European Championship. Read more
Jun
11
2016
Here are six players to watch in action, plus others who may fly under the radar. Read more
Jun
9
2016
Delegates have come from Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Timor-Leste. All to learn about everything wheelchair rugby, from establishing teams, supporting volunteers and finding players. Read more
Jun
8
2016
All the chair-knocking, fast-paced action can be watched at the Carioca Arena 1 during the Paralympic Games Read more
Jun
7
2016
A player can be allocated to one of seven sport classes, depending on his or her impairment. Read more
Jun
6
2016
This September in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wheelchair rugby will make its sixth appearance in a Paralympics Games after being introduced as a demonstration sport at Atlanta 1996. Read more
Jun
2
2016
The draw for the Wheelchair Rugby competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was conducted on June 2, 2016, in Sheffield, United Kingdom, under the supervision of the IWRF Competitions Committee. Read more
May
29
2016
The eight qualified teams will be drawn into two pools for the Rio competition. The draw will be done in pairs, with the pairs seeded based on the current IWRF World Ranking list. One team from each pair will be drawn into each pool. Read more
May
26
2016
The festival will commence on Friday 3rd June when it is formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Swansea, with a special ‘come and try’ afternoon for youngsters, including an exhibition from the Eyasses Wheelchair Rugby Team, between 4 and 6pm, before a special corporate challenge and mascot race. Read more
May
24
2016
The Swedish wheelchair rugby team, led by Tomas Hjert, look to improve on their sixth-place finish from London 2012. Read more
May
22
2016
This is an introductory clinic for athletes, coaches, referees, classifiers, and volunteers. No knowledge or experience of wheelchair rugby is required to participate. We currently have attendees from Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Timor L’este and Singapore, but still have room available for others interested in starting wheelchair rugby programs. Read more
May
5
2016
First stages in qualification for the 2018 IWRF World Championship announced. The tournament draw for the Division C Championship will be published by IWRF in May 2016. The draw for Division B will be determined after the end of the Division C event. Read more
May
3
2016
Following an eight-year study into autonomic dysreflexia by the IPC Medical Committee, which considered recent research literature and the data collected from nearly 160 athletes, the blood pressure threshold used to determine a dysreflexic state has been revised from 180mmHg to 160mmHg. Read more
Apr
26
2016
Aaron is determined to reach the top of the 20,000 ft Mount Kilimanjaro in an all-terrain wheelchair known as a Mountain Trike.His five-day trek to the summit aims to raise vital cash for Meningitis Research Foundation and the Shaw Trust, which helps disabled people find work.


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Apr
21
2016
France and USA secured their spot at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on the final day of the IWRF qualifying tournament held in Paris. There was heartbreak for Denmark and New Zealand in the semi-finals.

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Apr
20
2016
As we finish the penultimate day three of the Paralympic Qualification tournament in Paris, Nathaniel Holland recaps on all the action and reports who made it through to Thursdays semi-finals. Read more
Apr
19
2016
USA continued their winning run heading into Day Two, which was not as successful for host nation France who failed to record a victory. New Zealand and Denmark enjoyed double wins whilst Germany and Finland failed to win either of their games. Read more
Apr
18
2016
After a fantastic opening day of the Paralympic Qualifying Tournament in Paris, Nathaniel Holland reviews all of the action from Day One. Read more
Apr
17
2016
The IWRF 2016 Paralympic Qualifier took place April 18-22 in Paris, France. This Paralympic qualifying event featured six national teams hailing from Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, the United States, and host nation France. Read more
Apr
15
2016
Six teams will battle for two spots left in September’s Games during the Paralympic Qualifier Tournament. Read more
Mar
21
2016
"With 20 years of experience in wheelchair rugby, I will try my best to help Finland in the qualification tournament and give the new coaching staff as much info as possible," Labrecque says. Read more
Mar
11
2016
The USA will start the tournament as favourites, but will need to overcome the host nation, France, who will have plenty of home support, as well as Denmark, New Zealand, Germany and Finland. Read more
Feb
23
2016
Batt admitted losses to the USA at the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge and Japan at the IWRF Asia-Oceania Championships hurt the team. But he said those were not target events for the Australians. Read more
Feb
20
2016
The aim of the new project is to take Finland to the Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Rugby for the first time in Tokyo 2020. Although Finland still stand a chance making it to the Rio Paralympics as well as they inherited Ireland’s spot in the six-team Paralympic qualification tournament played in Paris on 16.–22.4. Read more
Jan
31
2016
It is often forgotten that wheelchair rugby is a mixed-gender sport. Men have dominated the rosters. But that has not discouraged four particular women from playing the sport. Read more
Jan
16
2016
With the Paralympic Games coming up in September, here are the top storylines to follow. Read more
Dec
27
2015
The two hottest wheelchair rugby rivals went at each other at the 2015 Parapan American Games. “Every time we play the US I think it can't get any tougher... until we play them the next time.” - Zak Madell Read more
Dec
17
2015
"Wheelchair rugby was born in Canada and we are proud to be able to once more give Canadians the opportunity to see it being played at the highest level," said BC Wheelchair Sports Association Executive Director Gail Hamamoto, who chairs the event. Read more
Dec
15
2015
The last two qualification positions in wheelchair rugby for the Rio 2016 Paralympics will be awarded next April in Paris, France. Six countries will be invited to participate. Read more
Dec
1
2015
Based on the 3 bids selected for further evaluation, the 2016 IWRF Paralympic Qualification Tournament will take place no earlier than April 13, 2016. The exact dates will be confirmed when the final selection decision is made no later than December 15. Read more
Nov
30
2015
IPC Top Moment # 32 - The IWRF European Championship was littered with close matches, including the finals. To find out more about the IPC’s Top 50 Moments of 2015, visit the IPC’s website at www.paralympic.org Read more
Nov
21
2015
On Friday, November 27th long time IWRF Classifier Viola Altmann will publicly defend her thesis about the impact of trunk impairment on wheelchair activities with a focus on wheelchair rugby in Leuven, Belgium. Read more
Nov
2
2015
The Japanese wheelchair rugby team defeated the defending world champions, landing a spot at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
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Nov
1
2015
From 29 October until 2 November, Chiba, Japan will play host to the IWRF 2015 Asia-Oceania Champion. The tournament schedule, results and webcast information can be found here. Read more
Oct
17
2015
Canada become world champions as they beat rivals USA 54-50 in a thrilling final encounter at the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in London. Read more
Oct
17
2015
The tournament will open at 17:30 Monday evening with USA vs. Canada, followed by host nation Great Britain taking on France at 19:45 (all times are BST). Results from each game will posted here daily Read more
Oct
16
2015
The minor places were all confirmed after New Zealand and Great Britain won their matches to finish 7th and 5th respectively. Read more
Oct
15
2015
It will be a Canada v USA final after two fierce contests as the penultimate day of action comes to an end, writes Nathaniel Holland. Read more
Oct
15
2015
Canada and Japan secured their semi-final places with well-deserved wins against New Zealand and Great Britain respectively. Read more
Oct
14
2015
The Pool stages are coming to an end and the serious contenders have started to make themselves known.

Day three kicked off with a bang as Australia became the first team to confirm their spot in the semi-finals. Read more
Oct
13
2015
Wins for Australia and USA in the second evening of BT WWRC action rounded off what has been an eventful second day of matches. Read more
Oct
13
2015
Nathaniel Holland takes a look at all the action from the opening three games of day two. Read more
Oct
12
2015
In Pool A, Canada, with the help of star man Zak Madell, managed to be at the right end of a one point win when they just edged out their neighbors. In Pool B, host’s Great Britain were dominant in their game against France with a final score of 55-45. Read more
Oct
12
2015
The tournament coincides with the Rugby World Cup and will be a major showcase event for wheelchair rugby with a number of interesting storylines to follow. Here’s three to watch for as the games begin on Monday.
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Sep
30
2015
Firm to provide pro bono legal services to IWRF, and will see the gradual introduction of Hogan Lovells global network of offices with IWRF National Member Organisations. Read more
Sep
23
2015
VISTA is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC and provides a platform for the academic world to meet with athletes and professional experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment.


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Sep
20
2015
Great Britain got what they came for from Pajulahti. They qualified for Rio Paralympics and won their first European title in eight years. All together this was fifth European title for the Brits. They are now one title ahead of Sweden. Read more
Sep
19
2015
Great Britain are your new IWRF European Champions after a thrilling final with Sweden. Both teams have qualified for Rio 2016, so congrats... Read more
Sep
18
2015
Great Britain and Sweden have earned tickets to Rio de Janeiro as they won their semifinal matches of the Wheelchair Rugby European Championship in Pajulahti, Finland. Read more
Sep
17
2015
Great Britain topped the Pool A and meet Germany in Friday’s semifinal. Sweden plays against neighbor country Denmark in another semifinal.
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Sep
16
2015
Tough proved to be tough in the second day of the 2015 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby European Championship in Pajulahti, Finland. Favorites Denmark, Great Britain and Sweden are the only teams without losses before the last group stage day in the tournament. Read more
Sep
15
2015
Denmark took an impressive 56–48 victory against Germany in the opening match of the 2015 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby European Championship in Pajulahti, Finland. Read more
Sep
15
2015
The 2015 IWRF European Division A Championships tip-off on Tuesday as eight teams vie for European supremacy and one of two spots in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Here are three storylines to watch for as the games unfold. Read more
Sep
14
2015
Worlds were played over a year ago in Denmark, but it is the last time the best national teams from Europe met each other in competitive matches with high stakes. Great Britain beat the home team Denmark twice in the tournament (with the same 52–48 numbers) and finished fifth being the best European team. Read more
Sep
9
2015
Hirschfield was an integral part of Canada's thrilling 57-54 victory over the USA at Toronto 2015, where the sport made its Parapan American debut. The class 1.0 player finished second in scoring for Canada during the final with seven goals, while often guarding higher-class opponents.
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Sep
7
2015
The Paralympic Games will run from 7-18 September next year and Sir Philip is confident that the Games will not only attract more athletes and countries than ever before, but also more spectators and TV viewers. Read more
Sep
2
2015
Host team Finland is competing with seven other European countries in the European Championship. There are two places for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at stake. Finland have never qualified for the Paralympic Games in wheelchair rugby but they stand a firm chance ahead of home crowd in September. Read more
Aug
26
2015
The employment rate for individuals with disabilities is about 29 percent compared to a national employment rate of 95.4 percent. If the disability forces the individual into a wheelchair, the percentage drops to 18 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation. Read more
Aug
26
2015
The Paralympic Games is the one event that Pasanen – and none of the other Finnish players for that matter – have never participated in. Wheelchair Rugby has been an official Paralympic sport since the 2000 Sydney Games, but Finland have yet to reach the Paralympics in a sport mastered by countries outside Europe such as United States, Canada and Australia. Read more
Aug
15
2015
The fans were treated to an incredible final day of wheelchair rugby action at the Mississauga Sports Centre, as Canada claimed gold at home in a stunning comeback while Colombia pull off the surprising upset to win bronze.
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Aug
15
2015
The IWRF 2015 Americas Championship will take place in Toronto, Canada as part of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. Competition will run from August 8-14, with the winning team qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Aug
14
2015
South American rivals Colombia and Brazil will meet for bronze, while Canada get a rematch with the United States for gold after Wednesday’s thrilling double overtime clash. Read more
Aug
14
2015
Day six in Toronto began with Argentina playing Chile for 5th place bragging rights followed by two semi-final matches that determined what medal color the teams will play for on Friday evening.
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Aug
13
2015
Yesterday’s final day of robin robin matches saw the United States extend their unbeaten run at the Parapan Am Games with a thrilling double overtime victory over Canada, while Brazil and Colombia ensured their place in the semifinals with confident victories.
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Aug
12
2015
Round robin plays wraps up at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games today with another three games including the highly anticipated matchups between Argentina and Colombia and the heavyweight clash between bitter rivals Canada and the United States. Read more
Aug
12
2015
The higher ranked teams continued their winning ways on Tuesday, as Canada, the United States and Brazil all won by large margins against overmatched opposition. Read more
Aug
11
2015
It’s a game that could have major implications on who goes to the semifinals and who gets stuck in the consolation round, 19th ranked Brazil beats traditional rival 20th ranked Argentina. Both teams come into this game with identical (1-2) records. Read more
Aug
11
2015
Monday’s action at the Parapan Am Games saw Canada and the United States continue their dominant ways, while Brazil kept their medal hopes alive with a crucial win against Colombia in an exciting and very physical game.
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Aug
10
2015
In what should be the closest match of the Parapan Am Games so far, 19th ranked Brazil will take on 21st ranked Colombia in a game that could have major implications on who makes the medal round. Read more
Aug
10
2015
Day 2 of the Parapan Am Games saw more blowouts, as Canada and the United States continued their strong form, while Argentina notched their first win. Read more
Aug
9
2015
The first day of wheelchair rugby competition at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games didn’t offer any close games but had plenty of action, as Canada, the United States and Colombia all won their matches by a comfortable margin. Below is a preview of today's games followed by a recap of day ones matches. Read more
Aug
7
2015
Tomorrow, the wheelchair rugby competition will kick off at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games featuring six teams from the Americas Zone, all vying for a medal and a spot in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of what to expect. Read more
Aug
4
2015
On home territory, Canada, the world’s second best side will be aiming to win gold, but the USA will have something to say about that. Read more
Jul
26
2015
With only 2 teams for the event, Plan B – an evolving concept, was implemented. The event turned into more of a training camp, with games of mixed teams and training workshops. The Australian players have stepped into coaching and mentoring roles, working with the Indonesian players and coaching staff to develop game skills and strategies. Read more
Jul
22
2015
The Qualification Tournament will be sanctioned by IWRF for world ranking purposes and will include up to six teams selected by IWRF, including the host country. The event will be held between 1 March and 30 April 2016, and will determine the final two countries to participate in the Wheelchair Rugby competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Jul
22
2015
On the recommendation of the IWRF Competitions Committee, the IWRF Board has directed that the bid process for the 2018 IWRF World Championship will be restarted based on a 12 team event. IWRF member nations who are interested in hosting the 2018 World Championship are asked to express their intent to bid by 21 August, 2015. Read more
Jul
19
2015
Indonesia, along with Malaysia made their first appearance on the rugby scene in 2014 at the Asian Para games in South Korea. The Bali4s will be the first appearance of the Thailand national team. This competition not only represents growth of the sport we all love, it also raises the profile of disability in countries where services and support are limited at best. Read more
Jul
10
2015
The Wheelchair Rugby European Championship has been held nine times and only once – 2003 in Belgium – has Sweden slipped out of the medals. With four European titles they are the most successful country on the continent. Read more
Jul
7
2015
The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games (7-15 August) begin a month from now, and many will get to watch wheelchair rugby make its Parapan Ams debut in the very country where it was invented. Here are five storylines to watch for ahead of the Games. Read more
Jul
3
2015
The international tournament is to be held at the iconic 6,000-seated Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and forms part of the Rugby World Cup Festival. Read more
Jun
29
2015
Since its inception the Nations Cup has focused on promoting the development and growth of the sport in Italy and Europe. Not only for players, but also for those who want to be involved as officials. Last years tournament included a successful referees clinic, and this year several people will attend an IWRF certified classifiers clinic. Read more
Jun
27
2015
I have always said that. And I still believe it. But it occurred to me, as I was thinking about my problem, that if there is truly no difference, why are the Games separate? Why even have the Paralympics, if Paralympians are truly no different from Olympians? Read more
Jun
26
2015
Of the 3-2 series win, Australian wheelchair rugby team captain Ryan Scott said: “It means a lot to beat Canada, they’re number two in the world which means they’re a really good test for us. To come out 3-2 is a great result, and we’re really looking forward to facing them again at the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge and of course again at Rio.” Read more
Jun
15
2015
With low point John McCarthy (0.5) and high point Thomas Moylan (3.5) named in the All Star team of the B Euros and captain Alan Lynch (1.0) named the MVP of the tournament, Ireland have players that are ready to challenge the best players in Europe. Coach McLindon says they need to have more depth in their squad, though.


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Jun
15
2015
“Faces of the Future” is a series published once a month on Paralympic.org that introduces you to some of the young, rising talent in para-sport. The first part of this series brings you Irish wheelchair rugby player Thomas Moylan. Read more
May
24
2015
Morning games on day two finished up pool play, which setup the semi-finals to be held later that afternoon. Japan demonstrated their speed and defensive skills early against the young British team, taking a 7 point victory 56-49. Denmark claimed their first win of the weekend over New Zealand, 50-43. Read more
May
24
2015
Finland is currently ranked No. 10 in the world; No. 6 Denmark are the only other team ranked ahead of them in Group B. Group A consists of three top-10 teams: No. 5 Great Britain, No. 7 Sweden and No. 9 France. Read more
May
18
2015
“There's definitely more pressure now to have a good showing at Parapan Am Games headed toward Rio, not just for other countries to see, but for ourselves, and all of our supporters back here at home as well because we don't want to let them down.” Read more
May
8
2015
This month, the Japan Wheelchair Rugby games are being held in Chiba as a test run before the Asia-Oceania Championships. The competition will give Japan matches against top-10 ranked nations Great Britain, Denmark and New Zealand. Read more
May
1
2015
The IWRF 2015 Americas Championship will take place in Toronto, Canada as part of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. The Wheelchair Rugby competition will run from August 8-14, with the winning team qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Apr
26
2015
In July, Indonesia Wheelchair Rugby will host the Bali 4's International Wheelchair Rugby tournament in Bali, which is open to National teams of developing nations and touring sides from active nations around the globe. Read more
Apr
26
2015
“With 500 days to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympics we have far more broadcasters signed up to show the Games than we did at this stage for London 2012. This underlines the rapidly growing interest broadcasters have in covering the Games and showcasing the abilities of Paralympians to their audiences,” said Sir Philip.

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Apr
25
2015
Wheelchair rugby and the Paralympic movement have both come a long way since 1996, and there is no doubt that Rio 2016 will become legendary in its own right. To mark 500 days to go, the IPC has announced a unique social media campaign for athletes to celebrate 500 days to go. Read more
Apr
20
2015
The IWRF World Ranking List has been updated following the IWRF European Division B Championship held in Prague, Czech Republic on April 13-18, 2015. Read more
Apr
18
2015
The silver medal was earned by Ireland, who has improved their IWRF world ranking by a massive 10 positions. Switzerland captured the bronze by beating Poland in what was a bittersweet victory. Read more
Apr
18
2015
Congratulations to France who have won the 2015 IWRF European Division B Championship in Prague! Ireland gets Silver and Switzerland wins Bronze. Read more
Apr
17
2015
Four games will be played tomorrow to determine the final standings and medalists, but France and Ireland have already achieved their primary goal of qualifying for the A Division Championships that will take place in September. Read more
Apr
17
2015
Chuck Aoki is a member of the USA's wheelchair rugby team and has been named One to Watch by the IPC in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The US wheelchair rugby player gives his view on the role media can play in portraying people with an impairment. Read more
Apr
16
2015
The semi-finals are set at the inaugural IWRF Division B Championship after the final day of pool play in Prague. France, Ireland, Switzerland and Poland advance as top four. Read more
Apr
15
2015
The final day of round robin play will end the Road to Rio for one more team while determining the semi-final and consolation match-ups. Here's an overview of the games coming up in each pool on Thursday. Read more
Apr
15
2015
The first match of the day saw France take on Italy. The French opted to rest star Ryadh Sallem as coach Olivier Cusin gave his other players an opportunity to shine, and they did not disappoint. France started the game on an 8-0 run forcing Italy to burn several time-outs in the process. Read more
Apr
15
2015
Poland (0-2) and the Czech Republic (1-1) both get Day 3 off after opening the competition on Monday night. After tomorrow’s games there should be a much clear picture of the possible semifinal match-ups as these eight teams continue to fight for one of two spots at September’s IWRF European A Division Championships where two teams will qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Apr
14
2015
The three-hour long event will feature speeches not just from IPC President Sir Philip and Blauwet, but also IOC President Thomas Bach and Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace and former world No.1 tennis player Billie Jean King. Read more
Apr
12
2015
The IWRF European Division B Championship will take place April 11-19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The top two finishers at this tournament will advance to the IWRF European Division A Championship in Pajulahti, Finland in September. Read more
Apr
3
2015
“Right now we are among the two best teams in Europe and our plan is to stay in that position throughout the year.” - Torben Nygaard Read more
Mar
25
2015
As a first step, IWRF will reach out to those practicing variants of Wheelchair Rugby and establish a working group to bring them into the IWRF family. They will be encouraged to continue to develop and practice their sports during this process, and where possible IWRF will provide advice and assistance. Read more
Mar
25
2015
BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge will take place from 12 to 16 October 2015 at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Read more
Mar
20
2015
The IWRF European Division B Championship will take place April 11-19, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. The top two finishers at this tournament will advance to the IWRF European Division A Championship in Pajulahti, Finland in September. Read more
Mar
15
2015
The IWRF’s commitment to provide strong leadership, effective governance, high quality services, and a world class competition structure will continue. Read more
Mar
12
2015
Between 7-10 October, Daniel Theisen, of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, Luxembourg Institute of Health; Osnat Fliess-Douer of the Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute and Netanya, Israel; and Argentine para-athlete Daniela Luchina, will deliver a symposium at the conference which this year has the theme of “securing the future of young para-athletes” Read more
Feb
14
2015
Italian Actress Nancy Brilli was at the Arena as the event's ambassador: "There's a great amount of strength and energy showed by these players, which I didn't expect. It is a beautiful show to watch". Read more
Feb
7
2015
In six months’ time the Parapan American Games will kick off in Toronto, and Canada's home favourite Zak Madell could be one of the stars Read more
Feb
5
2015
New four-year Strategic Plan will guide the growth and development of Wheelchair Rugby through 2018 and beyond. Read more
Jan
27
2015
“We have selected seven athletes who are all well qualified to serve on this council; and together we will be seeking input from players, classifiers, officials and others who participate in wheelchair rugby so that we can address their concerns and those of the sport.” - Jens Sauerbier Read more
Jan
27
2015
After winning every wheelchair rugby title there is, Ryley Batt has said he now wants to win another Paralympic gold medal at Rio 2016. Read more
Jan
26
2015
Pairing this friendly match with the great Six Nations event comes from an idea of the Italian Paralympic Committee in collaboration with FISPES - Paralympic and Experimental Sports Federation and ASD Ares, the sports association of the Romanes (Rome's wheelchair rugby team). Read more
Jan
24
2015
The IWRF has released the newest version of the International Rules for the Sport of Wheelchair Rugby and the latest revision of the IWRF Classification Manual. Both documents reflect changes approved at the IWRF 2014 General Assembly. Read more
Jan
22
2015
IPC hopes by introducing a “zero classification” policy no athlete will need to be classified at a Paralympic Games. “At a Paralympic Games we want all attending athletes to focus 100 per cent on competition and not worry about their classification" - Dr. Peter Van de Vliet Read more
Jan
21
2015
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby has announced the schedule for the highly anticipated BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge that will run alongside the Rugby World Cup in London this October. Read more
Jan
7
2015
With the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games next year, here are 10 players to keep an eye out for in wheelchair rugby. Read more
Dec
26
2014
“I like playing under pressure so I like playing better in the semi finals and the finals because that is where I peak.” - Ryley Batt Read more
Dec
17
2014
The Division A Championship will include the top six countries from the 2013 IWRF European Championship plus the top two countries from Division B. Read more
Dec
12
2014
“Garett and Duncan have shaped wheelchair rugby worldwide,” said CWSA Executive Director Cathy Cadieux. “We have a thriving wheelchair rugby system in Canada because of the contributions of these two men.” Read more
Nov
25
2014
With the help of Kelli Kaliszewski, Tom Vesco of Vesco Metal Craft and members of the San Diego Sharp Edge Wheelchair Rugby team, Dr. Kenneth Lee conducted a three-day tournament for the able-bodied doctors to hop in a chair and play some rugby. Read more
Nov
18
2014
World Rugby has officially launched with the unveiling of its logo and brand, bringing to a close the 2014 World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in London on Tuesday. Read more
Nov
14
2014
70,000 people – from all over the world – will volunteer to perform more than 500 roles during the Games, such as interpreters, receptionists, drivers, assistants, reporters and medical professionals. Read more
Nov
14
2014
David Lukes, the Gunners' team captain and organizer of the Rugbymania tournament in Czech Republic says: "We are supporting the Italian players and all the nice people within the Italian wheelchair rugby movement since they started three years ago. It is really nice to see how much their skills improved and how the team works together. Read more
Nov
6
2014
Reacting to an online blog that labelled wheelchair racing “not elite sport”, US wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki challenges Olympians to support Paralympians to be recognised as elite athletes in the media. Read more
Oct
25
2014
Korea and Japan came in as huge favourites against two teams that had never played an international tournament and they showed their superiority early. In the first session the two giants avoided each other and both racked up big wins Read more
Oct
17
2014
This multi-sport event will feature 23 sports and approximately 4,500 athletes hailing from 41 countries within Asia. National teams from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Korea will compete in the Wheelchair Rugby competition, which runs 19-22 October. Read more
Oct
15
2014
The benefits that an event like this can bring for the sport in Asia are invaluable as the sport has never had so much exposure. It also marks the first occasion that Malaysia and Indonesia will play in an international event, which is huge progress for the development of wheelchair rugby in those nations. Read more
Oct
11
2014
Pope Francis pointed out how vital the meaning of sharing and even simply "being together" in sport activities was. He also remarked the importance of the example that Paralympic athletes represent for others. Read more
Oct
7
2014
A maximum of 23 sports can be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports programme however the IPC has the option to reduce the number of sports if it feels necessary. All sports had until 28 July 2014 to submit their application to IPC. Read more
Sep
21
2014
It was on 22 September 1989 at a meeting in Düsseldorf, Germany, that the IPC was formed as the global governing body for the Paralympic Movement under the stewardship of founding President Dr. Robert Steadward OC, AOE, LLD.

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Sep
15
2014
While classification can sometimes be controversial, the IWRF is proud of the ongoing work that is done by its Classification Committee to help assure members are involved and informed, and that the IWRF remains compliant with the IPC Classification Code. Read more
Sep
13
2014
Australia will host three days of intense competition from 23–25 October at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. Six state teams (including one from NZ) will battle it out for the first place trophy as Australia’s National Champs.

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Sep
10
2014
The new structure will include three fully sanctioned tournaments, and allows all countries within Europe the opportunity to progress to the top Division and a chance to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Sep
6
2014
The success of these athletes shows that there is room for more female athletes in the future of wheelchair rugby, if they are talented enough there is no reason why they won’t be competitive and play an equally as important role as these four ladies have done this year. Read more
Sep
3
2014
3.5 Zak Madell from Canada has been nominated for the IPC Athlete of the month. The public has until 12:00 (CEST) on 10 September to vote. Read more
Sep
3
2014
The Big Maximus Championships, which served as the South American sub-regional qualification tournament, took place from 27 August to 1 September, and brought together teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Read more
Aug
31
2014
Fully sanctioned by the IWRF, "Big Maximus" will bring together teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru and Paraguay. The top 4 finishers will qualify for the 2015 Parapan American Games to be held in Toronto, Canada, which will serve as the IWRF 2015 Americas Championship. Read more
Aug
28
2014
If you are interested in volunteering for sport specific roles with Wheelchair Rugby at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, please send an email with your experience and/or qualifications to riovolunteer@iwrf.com before submitting your volunteer application on the Rio 2016 website. Read more
Aug
18
2014
The purpose of this report is to briefly detail the key decisions taken at the 2014 IWRF General Assembly, which was held on August 3, 2014 in Odense, Denmark. Read more
Aug
15
2014
This will be the first opportunity for India to be officially represented in an International Wheelchair Rugby Federation sanctioned event, the publicity from which will enable Riya’s team to create a broader network of support from within India for this new and life-empowering sport. Read more
Aug
12
2014
Attached is the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation World Ranking List effective 10 August 2014. This list reflects the results of the 2014 IWRF World Championship. Read more
Aug
10
2014
Australia has finally won the major title that has eluded them in the sport of wheelchair rugby following a fantastic 67-56 win over Canada in the IWRF World Championship final in Odense, Denmark. Read more
Aug
10
2014
Australia has finally won the major title that has eluded them in the sport of wheelchair rugby following a fantastic 67-56 win over Canada in the IWRF World Championship final in Odense, Denmark. Read more
Aug
10
2014
Australia and Canada have followed the exact same path they did during the 2012 London Paralympic Games beating Japan and the USA respectively to reach the gold medal match to be played at 4pm today. Read more
Aug
9
2014
In a repeat of the 2012 London Paralympics gold medal match, the 2014 IWRF World Championship final will be contested between Australia and Canada tomorrow afternoon at the Arena Fyn in Odense, Denmark. Read more
Aug
9
2014
The penultimate day of the 2014 IWRF World Championship will determine who plays in the medal matches. Read more
Aug
9
2014
Fans can nominate players for the award using the hashtag #odense2014mvp and the name of the nominee on Facebook and Twitter for the duration of the tournament, and voting will begin on Saturday morning and last until the gold medal match is over. Read more
Aug
8
2014
Eight matches are to be played on Saturday as positions 9-12 will be determined. The semi finals begin from 3pm local time. All matches will be webcast live at IWRF.com and www.2014wrwc.dhif.dk. Read more
Aug
8
2014
Today marks the end of the round robin matches of the 2014 IWRF World Championship at the Arena Fyn in Odense, Denmark. Read more
Aug
7
2014
Day four of the 2014 IWRF World Championship was one to remember as Canada and Great Britain featured in the match of the tournament so far. Read more
Aug
7
2014
Day four marks the halfway point of the 2014 IWRF World Championship and the gold medal favourites will be hoping to keep on track today. Read more
Aug
6
2014
Canada have been quietly going about their business without much fuss as the spotlight has been firmly on Denmark, Australia, and the USA. Read more
Aug
5
2014
The USA will start their tournament defence when they take on France, a game they we be expected to win convincingly. Read more
Aug
4
2014
The opening game of the tournament will then get underway as Denmark takes on Belgium at 4:30pm.
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Aug
2
2014
The sport of wheelchair rugby is well and truly on the rise. A very successful London 2012 Paralympic Games tournament has led to further countries competing in the sport. Read more
Aug
1
2014
The USA wheelchair rugby team is potentially on the brink of one of the most impressive achievements in the sport as they aim to win their fifth IWRF World Championship in Odense, Denmark from 4-10 August. Read more
Jul
31
2014
The Australians are grouped in the higher ranked pool in the tournament that includes Canada, Great Britain, host nation Denmark, Finland and Belgium, but have the expectation to win every match and qualify for the semi finals. Read more
Jul
30
2014
The local organizing committee in Denmark and broadcasters Kanal Sport are set to provide live streaming of every game at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense. Read more
Jul
29
2014
Canada comes into the competition ranked third in the world, behind the United States and Australia. They come off a recent second place finish at the Canada Cup played in June. Read more
Jul
28
2014
For the health and safety of our athletes, and to protect the integrity of our sport, the International Wheelchair Rugby Association is committed to drug-free sport. Read more
Jul
23
2014
The New Zealand team at the worlds is scheduled to include Maia Amai, Dan Buckingham, Robert Hewitt, Tanafi Lefono, Cameron Leslie, Gavin Rolton, Steve Smith, Philip Spring, Sholto Taylor, Adam Wakeford, and Barney Koneferenisi. Read more
Jul
21
2014
Denmark faces off against Belgium at 4.30 PM on Monday August 4 in the opening match of the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships. That game is immediately followed by a match up between New Zealand and France. Read more
Jul
10
2014
This is the last competition stop for 4 of the 6 teams before heading to the the IWRF World Championship in Odense, Denmark in August. Read more
Jul
10
2014
The Australian Steelers were completely outclassed in the gold medal match by the United States at the previous World Championships in Canada in 2010, and used that bitter defeat to help drive them throughout their London 2012 campaign. It worked. Read more
Jul
9
2014
The IWRF General Assembly will be held on August 3, 2014 in Odense, Denmark. This package includes the following:

Agenda for the 2014 General Assembly
Motions to the 2014 General Assembly
Nominations Report for 2014 Board of Directors Elections
Candidate Information for 2014 Board of Directors Elections Read more
Jul
8
2014
This is the approved 2014 IWRF World Championship Schedule to be held in Odense, Denmark August 4-10, 2014. Read more
Jul
7
2014
This event, which was organized by Claudio Da Ponte, connects the world of traditional (able-bodied) rugby and wheelchair rugby, under the common belief that there are different ways of playing rugby, but there's no difference between sports for able-bodied people and for people with disabilities. Read more
Jun
27
2014
Held annually, the Nations Cup was originally created to promote the development and growth of the sport within Italy. Today the tournament still retains that initial focus, however, teams are now coming to Fontanafredda with the hopes of taking home the Cup. Read more
Jun
21
2014
Held annually, the Nations Cup was originally created to promote the development and growth of the sport within Italy. Today the tournament still retains that initial focus, however, teams are now coming to Fontanafredda with the hopes of taking home the Cup. Read more
Jun
21
2014
Following the 2014 Canada Cup International Tournament, the IWRF World Ranking list was updated and a draw was conducted to assign team to pools at Worlds. Read more
Jun
19
2014
Follow the schedule and game results from the 2014 International Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup here and at www.canadacupwcrugby.com Read more
Jun
18
2014
USA teammates Chuck Aoki and Joe Delagrave have paired up to give us their outlook for the teams at the 2014 Canada Cup. Read more
Jun
14
2014
Zak Madell will again play a pivotal role part in Canada’s title campaign, as the key high-point player has had a strong 2014 season and has been working hard to take his game to the next level. Read more
Jun
12
2014
“We’re striving to be the best team in the world, and to do that, we need tournaments like this to get a feel for how the other countries are going and what to expect at tournaments like the World Champs,” said Dubberley. Read more
Jun
11
2014
The organizing committee of this weekends Rock n Rose Europa Cup in Toulouse, France have announced that all games will be webcast live. You can catch all of the action as it happens from the home page of www.iwrf.com, or at www.regardetparole.tv. Read more
Jun
6
2014
Duncan Campbell, co-inventor of wheelchair rugby will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit on June 10th at 9 am PST (12 noon EST). What questions would you like to ask the "Quadfather?" Read more
Jun
3
2014
At the 2012 IWRF General Assembly, member nations approved a motion that beginning in 2018, the World Championship is to include more than 12 teams. After a review by the Competitions Committee, IWRF has determined that for the 2018 World Championship, 16 teams will be invited to participate. Read more
Jun
2
2014
It's the 10th anniversary of the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament and we've got loads of extras that you won't want to miss. This year, we're proud to be offering Special T merchandise, which allows you to design your own Canada Cup merchandise and have it made for you on the spot. Read more
Jun
1
2014
The Athlete Representative is a very important role, as it provides athletes with the opportunity to discuss anything they want in confidence, knowing that their voice will be heard at the highest level. It also helps assure that the IWRF Board is aware of any issues or concerns that those who play the game might have, as the IWRF is an athlete driven organization. Read more
May
22
2014
The 2014 IWRF World Championship will see the best teams and toughest players battle for honor and gold in Arena Fyn, and the Local Organizing Committee is determined to provide a fantastic experience for both fans and players. Read more
May
21
2014
“To make wheelchair rugby an official event of APG, we held a tournament with great support of IWRF and the Korean government in 2013, and that was really hard.
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May
17
2014
“The members selected represent a great array of talent and skill level” said coach James Gumbert. “We are excited about the group and ready to get to work”. Read more
May
13
2014
This is an exciting time for the sport. Wheelchair rugby will be making its debut as a Parpan Am event in the summer of 2015 in Toronto. Read more
May
13
2014
“We’re excited to once again welcome the world to the Richmond Olympic Oval,” said Canada Cup Chair Gail Hamamoto. “This is the 10th anniversary of the Canada Cup and it’s shaping up to be the best yet.” Read more
May
10
2014
The IWRF 2014 General Assembly, Conference and DHIF Development Congress will be held at the Odense Congress Centre in Odense, Denmark from August 2 to 6, 2014. All IWRF member countries and developing nations are encouraged to send a representative to participate in these important and educational meetings. Read more
May
8
2014
"We will be bringing together the top wheelchair rugby teams in the world for this exciting world challenge event, which will run aside the IRB Rugby World Cup" stated David Pond, Chief Executive of GBWR. Read more
May
1
2014
Event organizer Tomasz Szkwara stated, "We still have open spots in our tournament and would like to invite all interested teams to come to Warsaw and play some good rugby! Read more
Apr
28
2014
Coach Peter Martin believes the Canada Cup is a great opportunity for the Wheel Blacks to put their plays, and players, to the test against quality opposition. Read more
Apr
17
2014
The 2014 General Assembly will be held Sunday, August 3, 2014 in Odense, Denmark. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2014 IWRF World Championship. Read more
Apr
7
2014
The Sport Manager will be employed by Rio 2016, and will work closely with IWRF to ensure all aspects of the wheelchair rugby competition in 2016 are delivered to the highest standards. This role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the success of wheelchair rugby at one of the most high profile sporting events in the world. Read more
Apr
3
2014
The Canada Cup, which is considered one of the most prestigious wheelchair rugby tournaments in the world, will take place from June 19-21 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Read more
Mar
21
2014
“Our selection camp shows that we’ve got a lot of fresh talent in our system,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “A lot of athletes who tried out can compete at this level, but I believe we’ve selected the ones who will give us the best chance of winning gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.” Read more
Mar
18
2014
The draw will be conducted on the final day of competition at the 2014 Canada Cup Tournament, at a time to be announced prior to the tournament. The draw will be based on the IWRF World Ranking List following the Canada Cup Tournament. Read more
Mar
17
2014
After a key player was injured, BC lost 51-34 to Ontario. In the semi-finals, they overcame a three-point deficit thanks to steals from Ian Chan and scored the winning goal with less than a second on the clock. Read more
Mar
16
2014
“Attitudes toward people with an impairment have changed among Russian society. The Paralympic Winter Games have become a catalyst for our efforts to create a barrier-free environment in Russia. The Games are over, but we promise that this important work will continue throughout our vast country.” Read more
Mar
14
2014
The best wheelchair rugby clubs in North America will compete this weekend at the 15th Annual Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Read more
Mar
7
2014
“Together you are the catalysts for change. United as one, you have the ability to change perceptions and alter attitudes like no other. You arrive here as the best prepared athletes ever to attend a Paralympic Winter Games. You will leave as role models, heroes, pioneers and most of all, Proud Paralympians.” Read more
Mar
5
2014
An absence of legs allows you to turn incredibly quickly in a wheelchair. I do find myself slightly jealous of my fellow rugby players who don't have legs. I would wager that Florian Panker gets jealous of Josh Pauls occasionally in sledge hockey. We don't use our legs anyway in these sports. Might as well lose them. Read more
Feb
14
2014
Do you have a story about how Wheelchair Rugby has changed your life that you would like to share with the Agitos Foundation and rest of the world? We want to hear from you. Read more
Jan
25
2014
The IWRF is seeking bids from member nations interested in hosting one of the IWRF Zone Championships in 2015.

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Jan
24
2014
Chuck Aoki is a member of the USA's wheelchair rugby team and has been named One to Watch by the IPC in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Jan
21
2014
This development tournament will be held in Budapest, Hungary and brings together new teams from Greece, Israel, Russia and host country Hungary for the first time. Germany and the Czech Republic will also compete and serve as mentors to the developing countries. Read more
Jan
20
2014
Team Canada is currently ranked third in the world. Denmark and Great Britain are ranked 6th and 7th respectively and are hungry to prove themselves against Canada. Read more
Jan
20
2014
The International Paralympic Committee has published the Qualification Guide for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This guide details how teams will be selected to participate in the Wheelchair Rugby competition at Rio 2016. Read more
Jan
15
2014
IWRF is a signatory of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Anti-Doping Code, and has adopted anti-doping rules which are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. Read more
Jan
13
2014
The IWRF classification committee has considered the impacts and benefits of allowing all athletes who were evaluated at any of the 2013 Zone Championships to be evaluated again at the 2014 World Championship, waiving the eleven-month rule for these athletes. Read more
Jan
13
2014
“We are determined to build on the success of London 2012 when the IPC website received a record number of visitors and #paralympics was Twitter’s number one trending sporting event of the year." Read more
Dec
20
2013
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation would like to wish you and yours the very best during the holiday season. Read more
Dec
8
2013
"We are very excited about this team", said coach James Gumbert. "The mixture of current athletes along with returning veterans, sprinkled with developing talent puts us in a great place moving forward". The USA side, which reclaimed the number one seed in the world this year, will defend its Canada Cup and World Championship titles over the 2014 summer. Read more
Dec
5
2013
Qualification for the sixth IWRF World Championship began at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where Gold medalists Australia secured the first position alongside 2014 host country Denmark. Seven additional teams qualified for the event through the 2013 Zone Championships Read more
Dec
4
2013
All qualified countries have been notified directly by IWRF. Qualified countries must confirm by December 31, 2013, that they will attend. If any countries decline to attend, their qualification position will be reassigned to the next highest-ranked country on the IWRF World Ranking List that has not already qualified. Read more
Dec
2
2013
This year under the theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all,” the international community is calling for a global effort to make physical environments, transportation and information accessible to everyone and to change attitudes that fuel stigmatization and discrimination. Read more
Nov
24
2013
As Head Table Official, Sylwia was responsible to train and lead the crew of National Technical Officials who worked the score bench and penalty box during the tournament. Over three years, she developed and delivered a comprehensive training program for table officials which has since been adopted by IWRF. Read more
Nov
23
2013
South African Wheelchair Rugby chairman Clyde Holland, and member of the local team stated, “it was certainly a privilege to have hosted this tournament. To have the opportunity after four years out of international competition, to play against these top teams has provided our team with immense knowledge and experience to take us forward.” Read more
Nov
22
2013
All eyes were on the final match of the day between Japan and New Zealand. New Zealand needed a win to be in contention for a berth in the gold medal final tomorrow. For three quarters of the match, goals came in quick succession from both teams. It was only in the final quarter that Japan attained the biggest lead of just four points. Read more
Nov
21
2013
Australia who forfeited their first match due to illness, returned to the court for the final day’s match up against New Zealand’s Wheelblacks. It was evident that the Australian Steelers were not on top form with a couple players having to leave the court during the match due to illness Read more
Nov
20
2013
From November 16-23, South Africa Wheelchair Rugby will host the IWRF Asia-Oceania Championship in Pretoria, South Africa. The tournament will feature national teams from Australia, Japan, New Zealand and host country South Africa, and is a qualifier for next year's World Championship in Denmark. Read more
Nov
20
2013
Japan ranked fifth in the world rankings, took on ninth place New Zealand’s Wheelblacks in the second game of the day. The match was closely contested throughout with Daisuke Ikezaki dominating the score sheets for Japan adding 34 goals to Japans final winning score of 55. Wheelblack's Dan Buckingham scored close on 50 percent of New Zealand’s first match tally of 40. Read more
Nov
18
2013
Australia have won all but one of the six Asia-Oceania Championships that have been played from 2001 to 2011. The No. 2-ranked team in the world will be looking to make it their sixth title and try to get back to No. 1 in 2014.

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Nov
15
2013
Recently Wheelblack coach, Peter Martin, stated that getting to the final of the Asia-Oceania is his team’s focus, with plans of snatching Japan’s fifth ranking, whilst paving the way forward to securing a medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Read more
Nov
14
2013
“We have discussed the possibility of working together for years and to see it come true is a big step for us,” USA Wheelchair Rugby Head Coach James Gumbert said. “A partnership with USA Rugby will certainly have an immediate impact on the sport.” Read more
Nov
11
2013
"Our ultimate goal, in this four year cycle, is a podium finish at the Rio Paralympics 2016. [But], as a small sport, with a small player base, with relatively little support, we need our top athletes to strive to perform at their highest level, to be self-driven, self-motivated, in order they achieve their potential." Read more
Nov
10
2013
History was made this past week when the Korea Wheelchair Rugby Association (KWRA) hosted the First Asian Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at the Gumi Community Rehabilitation Center on 7-10 November in Gumi, Korea. New teams from India, Malaysia and Thailand traveled there to attended the week-long event, which also included a team from Korea. Read more
Nov
7
2013
For the first time, all Olympic and Paralympic sports will be individually represented by an iconic graphic symbol Read more
Nov
1
2013
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will award four individuals with the Paralympic Order – the highest tribute a person connected with the Paralympic Movement can achieve – on 23 November at the 2013 Paralympic Awards in Athens, Greece.
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Oct
22
2013
Now that the NBC Paralympic Games deal has been announced, USA wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki urges fans to spread the word and host viewing parties. Read more
Oct
21
2013
World #1 USA beat Canada to secure their third successive IWRF Americas Championship title. The United States team is now qualified for the 2014 IWRF World Championship in Odense, Denmark. Read more
Oct
16
2013
2011 Americas Championship Results - Bogota, Colombia
Gold - United States - Silver - Canada - Bronze - Brazil
Argentina - 4th Place - Colombia - 5th Place - Mexico - 6th Place Read more
Oct
14
2013
World No. 1 USA and No. 3 Canada are favoured to make the gold-medal game at this week’s Americas Championship in wheelchair rugby.
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Oct
1
2013
In addition to facing off against teams from Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia, Canada will complete against Team USA for the first time since upsetting them in an intense semi-final match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Read more
Sep
28
2013
Here’s an overview of noteworthy changes to the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods in sport. Read more
Sep
25
2013
Many athletes and stakeholders responded, and based on the details they provided, it was determined that they were a large and representative sample of the Wheelchair Rugby population. Read more
Sep
24
2013
"For the first time, Americans will be able to experience the excitement, drama and spirit of the Paralympic Games live and celebrate with our inspirational athletes as they achieve their dreams." Read more
Sep
20
2013
In front of a 2,000-strong crowd outdoors at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chuck Aoki and Joe Delagrave led Team USA to victory. Never before had an international wheelchair rugby tournament been played outdoors, under lights and on a purpose-built court. Read more
Sep
19
2013
“In order to continue to develop the sport, we need to take advantage of competition opportunities in order to increase our world ranking. So when the opportunity came to host this world qualifier, we didn’t hesitate” states Clyde Holland, Chairman of SA Wheelchair Rugby. Read more
Sep
19
2013
It was Australia’s first win over the Americans on home soil and just their second victory from the previous 10 clashes between the two bitter rivals. The US defeated Australia 56-43 in the tournament’s opening game on Wednesday. Read more
Sep
18
2013
After suffering an opening game defeat at the hands of world number one team, the USA earlier today, Australia was hungry for a win and came out firing against the New Zealand WheelBlacks under a clear night’s sky at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral Square. Read more
Sep
17
2013
US player Chuck Aoki said from Minneapolis on Friday that the American squad had been revamped after the Paralympics, with seven new faces. ''We've embraced youth,'' he said. ''Now we have more of our team below 30 than above.'' Aoki said it was important to win in Australia to continue the rebuild en route to Rio.

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Sep
8
2013
American star Chuck Aoki reflects back on a shocking wheelchair rugby semifinal loss to Canada. "As painful as our loss was, I'll never forget the resiliency and determination we all showed fighting back in that game. " Read more
Sep
7
2013
“Having staged the second ever Paralympic Games in 1964 when the Movement was still in its infancy, it will be brilliant for us to go back in 2020 now that the Games have grown up and matured into the world’s third biggest sporting event." Read more
Sep
5
2013
The London 2012 Paralympic Games just one year ago were the high point of Batt’s career to date. Not only did Australia go through the entire tournament undefeated and secure their first gold medal, but he scored a massive 160 goals in the five matches, putting him on the shortlist for Best Male Athlete at the 2013 Paralympic Sport Awards. Read more
Sep
4
2013
Ryley Batt is nominated as Best Male Athlete, Australia Wheelchair Rugby is nominated as Best Team, and Sylvia Sekowska is nominated as Best Official. Read more
Aug
25
2013
Curtis Palmer is no longer in New Zealand Wheelblack - he's joined their arch rivals, the Steelers. ''I was 36, NZ was ranked ninth and I couldn't see how things were going to change. I wanted more out of me and my sport. It was a tough decision. It was selfish, I guess, but you have to be like that sometimes.'' Read more
Aug
21
2013
In less than two years, more than 1,500 athletes from 28 countries will be in Toronto and the surrounding region for the final major multi-sport competition ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and after reviewing the Games' plans, the most powerful man in the Paralympic Movement said he was impressed with what he saw. Wheelchair rugby will be on the schedule for the first time at the Parapan games in Toronto. Read more
Aug
20
2013
It will be the first time the Australian Steelers will take to the court on home soil since winning the Paralympic gold medal at last year’s London Games, and since losing their number one ranking to the USA in a tournament in Denmark in June. Read more
Aug
17
2013
Sweden retained their IWRF European Championship title on Saturday with a narrow 49-48 victory over Denmark. Read more
Aug
17
2013
Antwerp, Belgium hosted the 9th IWRF European Championship from August 10-17, 2013. Twelve teams from Great Britain, Sweden, France, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Italy and host country Belgium attended. Read more
Aug
17
2013
Captain Ben Newton was ecstatic with the win, “It’s a fantastic experience to win this year’s National Championships. Our team worked very hard throughout the last two tournaments to prepare for the nationals and our dedication has paid off. Our team performed at their best during the finals games when we needed to step up a level which was great. Read more
Aug
9
2013
Sweden enter the event as the defending European champions, while host nation Belgium will look to get back to the top of the podium for the first time since 2009 after settling for bronze in 2011. Read more
Aug
9
2013
The current National Wheelchair Rugby Champion title holders are Queensland, but this year the finals will be no less fierce than previous clashes for the prized National Title. Read more
Aug
7
2013
Wheelchair Rugby Ready will benefit all involved with the sport, especially athletes, coaches and team staff. Fans of the game will enjoy the program as well. Read more
Aug
7
2013
The IPC’s Ones to Watch initiative showcases the top athletes around the world, with all of the wheelchair rugby selections having played key roles in their teams’ top performances, and they all have had an impactful presence in the world’s media. Read more
Aug
7
2013
Wheelchair Rugby Ready will benefit all involved with the sport, especially athletes, coaches and team staff. Fans of the game will enjoy the program as well. Read more
Aug
6
2013
The Czech team will depart for Antwerp on Saturday (10 August) and be ready to go for their opening round clash with Germany on 13 August. Read more
Aug
4
2013
Wheelchair Rugby Ready will benefit all involved with the sport, especially athletes, coaches and team staff. Fans of the game will enjoy the program as well. Read more
Aug
1
2013
“Going into the Olympic stadium at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta … it wasn’t the best Games, but I was a rookie and thinking back to it, even now, it still gives me the goosebumps.” Read more
Jul
20
2013
If we can inspire people to stay active in life, to learn more about disabled sport, and to see persons with disabilities as more than just their disability, I think that's a good thing. Read more
Jul
11
2013
National teams from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, and new comer Russia will all converge on the Paraplegic Centre for what is hoped to be three-days of intense competition. Read more
Jul
9
2013
“Anyone in the top four or five teams on their day could beat any of the other teams." Read more
Jul
3
2013
The deadline to submit approved Therapeutic Use Exemptions for athletes attending the 2013 IWRF European Zone Championship is 10 July 2013. Read more
Jul
1
2013
In the first years of rugby in Belgium, Pierre was responsible for organizing international club team tournaments held there. He would get his entire family involved with the organization, from working as table officials to arranging the traditional party. Read more
Jun
30
2013
In one of the closer matches of the day, tournament host Poland finished third by defeating Germany, 48-43. Poland is currently ranked number 11 in the world and will be looking to improve their ranking at the IWRF European Championship to be held in Belgium in August. Read more
Jun
30
2013
The New Zealanders now hold both World Cup titles – in Fifteens and Sevens – and also won the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series after victories in three of the four rounds in 2012/13. Read more
Jun
29
2013
Canada Red ended their day on a high note by beating Poland, 50-40 and earning a spot in the Metro Cup Championship. Joining them for the final will be Great Britain A, who defeated Germany 46-37. Read more
Jun
28
2013
With 8 games in the books, only Canada Red and Great Britain A remain undefeated. Competition resumes at 09:00 (Warsaw time) on Saturday with the final 4 pool-play matches, followed by cross-over action in the afternoon.

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Jun
27
2013
The Development Congress is designed for nations that are currently developing wheelchair rugby programs in their countries, and will focus on team building, basic wheelchair rugby education, rules, player classification (eligibility), tournament organization, rugby equipment, networking, and the joint development of programs. Read more
Jun
11
2013
Despite typical difficulties associated with the development of Wheelchair Rugby such as finding qualified coaches and specialists, there are still very good prospects in Russia. Most importantly, the first steps in developing Wheelchair Rugby here have been made Read more
Jun
9
2013
Organized as a test event for the 2014 IWRF World Championship to be held next year, teams from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden, the United States and host nation Denmark participated. Read more
Jun
9
2013
United States wins Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge and regains #1 World Ranking. Read more
Jun
7
2013
The Saturday morning opener between GB and Belgium is a “must win” situation for the Britts, but even then it won’t guarantee a second place finish in their pool. Now might be a good time to get out your calculators and study up on the IWRF tie breaker rules. Read more
May
30
2013
With the world’s top seven teams due to play as well as host nation Denmark, Australia can expect a fierce fight from London silver and bronze medallists Canada and the USA as they look to exact revenge on the Paralympic gold medallists.
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May
29
2013
These important meetings are held every two years in conjunction with each Zone Championship, and provide member countries with the opportunity to openly discuss any topics that may impact the future growth and development of Wheelchair Rugby. Read more
May
16
2013
As part of the renewed partnership, Molten will provide competition balls for IWRF events, including Zone Championships, World Championships, and Paralympic Games from 2013 through 2016. Read more
May
14
2013
One of the goals of the IWRF Strategic Plan is to ensure effective athlete representation at all levels of the organization. To help achieve this goal, the IWRF will establish an Athletes Council in 2013. Read more
May
13
2013
NWRA General Secretary Bharat Bahadur Karki was excited with the participation. “It was our first attempt and to see such a large number of participants is quite encouraging,” said Karki, also a participant. He was also grateful for the support they received from various sectors to organise the clinic. Read more
Apr
26
2013
Both Anne and Viola have been involved with classification in wheelchair rugby at every possible level, and actively work as classifiers and instructors today. Read more
Apr
25
2013
A very exciting match put together Gladiadores and Tigre, the runners-up. At the end of the second quarter, the Brazilian team was ahead by just one point (20-19). Read more
Apr
11
2013
The IWRF is working to develop and support individuals interested in filling this important position at key events. The aim is to invest in people who wish to develop their skills as a TD. Read more
Mar
15
2013
“We’re incredibly pleased with the caliber of athletes that attended this selection camp,” said High Performance Director Andy Van Neutegem. “Team Canada is going from strength to strength.” Read more
Mar
13
2013
Without a doubt the event has helped to raise the awareness of Wheelchair Rugby in Ireland and will be talked about for many years to come. It demonstrated that Wheelchair rugby has every component of true athleticism, combining speed, strength, strategy, and endurance. Read more
Mar
1
2013
Main has been employed on a part-time basis by the IWRF as Secretary General since September 2010, and will become the Federations first full-time employee effective March 1st. Read more
Feb
20
2013
The IWRF Technical Commission wishes to invite all IWRF qualified officials and potential candidates who wish to officiate at any of the 2013 Zone Championships to submit their application before the closing date of 8-March-2013. Read more
Feb
20
2013
The IWRF Classification Committee has released a new image designed as an educational aid for use in tournament programs or other publications. Read more
Feb
14
2013
The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games get underway on 7 August 2015 and will be the biggest to date. They will involve 1,500 athletes from 28 National Paralympic Committees who will compete in 15 sports which will also serve as qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Read more
Feb
11
2013
Lucia Ysisola became paralyzed when she was an adolescent-- she was one of the last victims of polio in Peru. “When I play rugby I leave my handicap behind and compete like any other person does,” Ysisola said. “I feel motivated and it helps tremendously to build my confidence.” Read more
Feb
8
2013
On Saturday the Irish face Italy in the third/fourth place match at 2:00PM. The IWRF European Qualifier Championship will follow at 4:30PM, and will feature the Czech Republic and Netherlands, both who have qualified for the European Championship in Antwerp, Belgium this August. Read more
Jan
31
2013
The public is encouraged to come support their “Wheels in Green” and see some terrific sport at no cost. Opening ceremonies begin at 6:00PM on Thursday, February 7, immediately followed by the Ireland vs. Netherlands match. Those who can't make it can follow the action live at www.twitter.com/iwrf
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Dec
27
2012
Canada produced one of the most memorable wheelchair rugby performances ever to defeat arch-rivals USA, 50-49, in the semi-final at London 2012. Read more
Dec
17
2012
Twenty-three rugby players from across the United States took part in a three day tryout camp at the Lakeshore Foundation in hopes of making the team. On December 16th, 16 players were named to the 2013 US squad. Read more
Dec
13
2012
GBWR would like to announce a number of job opportunities that are now open for application. Applications from all sections of the community irrespective of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion or age are welcome. The closing date for these applications is 12:00 on 21st January 2013. Read more
Dec
3
2012
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also noted the impact the London 2012 Paralympics had on changing perceptions in his official message for the day. “This year’s Paralympic Games were a reminder of the immense potential of persons with disabilities to soar and to inspire,” he said. Read more
Oct
25
2012
Australia garnered 39 percent of the public's vote on Paralympic.org to win the award, just barely edging out Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team, which finished with 32 per cent of the vote Read more
Oct
4
2012
Largest-ever Parapan American Games to be held in Toronto. An estimated 1,500 para-athletes competing in 15 sports - including, for the first time, wheelchair rugby. Read more
Sep
26
2012
In an effort to provide stakeholders with tools to support anti-doping activities and following the successful iPhone application introduced in 2011, the 2013 Prohibited List will again be available on iPhone and other mobile devices.

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Sep
18
2012
“One of our objectives for London 2012 was to raise the profile of leading athletes. In terms of social media we appear to have achieved this with many athletes enjoying significant growth in their Facebook and Twitter followings.” Read more
Sep
9
2012
Australia has won the gold medal 66-51 over Canada. Read more
Sep
9
2012
Wheelchair rugby gets set to award its biggest prize. Read more
Sep
8
2012
Canada wins in an episode of "Murderball 2.0" to head to the gold medal Read more
Sep
8
2012
Australia books a ticket to the gold medal game with a win against Japan. Read more
Sep
8
2012
France and Sweden played for pride and a spot in the 5th place game in this brutal, hard-hitting match Read more
Sep
8
2012
Great Britain regroups to advance to the 5/6th game. Read more
Sep
7
2012
The round robins are complete. Here's your guide to semi-final murderball action. Read more
Sep
7
2012
The USA proved that they're still the ones to beat with an easy victory over France Read more
Sep
7
2012
Japan breaks the hearts of the home favourite GBR by knocking them out of medal contention. Read more
Sep
7
2012
Canada edges out Sweden 53-52 in a thrilling match. Read more
Sep
7
2012
Australia continues its winning ways to best Belgium 58-43 and claim first in the pool. Read more
Sep
6
2012
USA proves why they're the #1-ranked team in the world with a convincing victory over Japan. Read more
Sep
6
2012
In perhaps the most exciting match of the tournament, the home team and France treat a packed house to a thrilling game of hard hits and fast goals. Read more
Sep
6
2012
Canada and Belgium clash in a hotly contested match that remained close until the fourth quarter. Read more
Sep
6
2012
The Australians continue their dominance with a convincing win over Sweden. Read more
Sep
6
2012
Confused about how to watch games live? Use our handy guide. Read more
Sep
5
2012
Japan wins in an aggressive match over France. Read more
Sep
5
2012
Can anyone stop Ryley "The Batman" Batt? Read more
Sep
5
2012
Sweden bested Belgium in this aggressive European showdown. Read more
Sep
5
2012
The first game of the London 2012 Paralympic Games started off with a roar. In front of a packed crowd that included Mayor Boris Johnson, Team GB took on the #1-ranked American powerhouse squad... Read more
Sep
4
2012
The five-day event that will see the world's top eight teams compete for gold is traditionally one of the most popular events at the Paralympics and the London 2012 Wheelchair Rugby competition has proven to be the hottest ticket in town being the first event of the Games to sell out. Read more
Sep
4
2012
Athletes Travis Murao and Trevor Hirschfield have made their mark on the court with Team Canada. Now, however, they're making a splash on the Internet with their video podcast: "Wheelchair Rugby Talk with Trav n' Trev." There are six so far, but we've assembled a video playlist so you can see them all. Read more
Sep
3
2012
With the start of the Wheelchair Rugby competition just a bit more than a day away, Nathan Bragg give a rundown on some of the key players from each team to keep an eye out for in London. Read more
Sep
1
2012
In the past, the USA and Canada dominated the wheelchair rugby scene. At this year’s Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, however, the top six teams played each other to within only a few points. Read more
Aug
28
2012
During the Paralympics the IWRF will be providing you with up-to-the-minute scores, stats, photos and videos so that all members of the wheelchair rugby community can feel as if they have a front row ticket to the world’s most exciting para-sport event. Read more
Aug
27
2012
IPC President Sir Philip Craven said: "I would like to congratulate all five new inductees to the Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame, they are all worthy of their place in the history books. Read more
Aug
25
2012
These are the seeds and official team rosters for the wheelchair rugby competition at the London 2012 Paralympics. They are available to view online or download. Read more
Aug
23
2012
Viola was selected to be a Paralympic Torch Bearer by LOCOG because of her years of service and research in classification for Wheelchair Rugby. She will carry the torch on August 29th at 08:13AM on Kilburn Park Road. Read more
Aug
22
2012
The Agitos, the symbol for the Paralympic Games has started appearing in London and cities in the UK over the past few days, with the first set launched in Cardiff last week. Read more
Aug
6
2012
Arguably the best games of the weekend were played between the SA Sharks and Victorian Coloplast Thunder - two teams which really embody the past and present of Australian Wheelchair Rugby. Read more
Aug
6
2012
The Jetstar Titans were determined that 2012 was going to be their shining year and arose victorious through tight teamwork and strategic plays. Chris Bond, this season’s Most Valuable Player was exceptional, constantly breaking through the opposition’s defence and taking the ball across the goal line. Read more
Jul
31
2012
For those who can’t make it to the action, the Bronze and Gold matches will be broadcast live at www.nwrl.sportingpulse.net. So make sure you tune in to catch the latest results and the action as it happens. Read more
Jul
29
2012
As 2012's honoree, Sir Philip was awarded a $100,000 grant which he has donated to the IPC's soon to be launched Agitos Foundation to fund youth development initiatives ahead of and during the 2013 Youth Parapan Games that will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Jul
24
2012
Pool play begins on Wednesday, September 5 and continues through Friday the 7th. The excitement continues with the semi-final games on Saturday September 8th, and the Medal matches taking place on Sunday the 9th. Read more
Jul
24
2012
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: "This is excellent news for the Paralympic Movement, especially coming so close to the start of the biggest ever Paralympic Games in London. Read more
Jul
10
2012
“There has been a coherent effort to make London 2012 as ‘clean’ as possible and doping athletes should know that their chances of avoiding detection are the smallest they have ever been.” Read more
Jul
10
2012
In addition more than 1,000 hours of sporting action from a number of venues, including individual races and matches, will be made available as video on demand during the course of the Games. Two daily five minute news bulletins will also be produced in English and Spanish. Read more
Jun
24
2012
Canada and the USA have a long-standing rivalry, which was caught on camera in the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.” Until Japan beat the Americans at this tournament, Canada was the only team to have ever won against them at a sanctioned tournament. Read more
Jun
24
2012
These results are courtesy of www.canadacupwcrugby.com. Check out their website for the most current news and information. Read more
Jun
22
2012
The rivalry between the two teams was made famous by the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.” The last time the two squads met, during the final round-robin game of the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, the USA beat Canada by one point to knock them out of medal contention in a game that many believe to be the best game ever played in the sport. Read more
Jun
21
2012
The last time the two teams met at the Richmond Olympic Oval, at the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, Sweden upset Canada to knock them out of medal contention. Beating them on home soil would give Canada a decisive mental edge leading into the London 2012 Paralympics. Read more
Jun
21
2012
Recaps from Day 1 of the 2012 Canada Cup International Read more
Jun
19
2012
Other motions approved by the Assembly included updates to the IWRF Classification Manual, as well as a proposal to increase the number of teams attending IWRF World Championships beginning in 2018. Read more
Jun
18
2012
The Japanese Wheelchair team won bronze medals beating Sweden at 3rd place playoff at the World Championship in Vancouver, Canada in 2010, and still maintains the status of world’s third ranked country following the top-rank United States and the second place Australia. Read more
Jun
7
2012
As you are all aware, tickets have sold very well for the wheelchair rugby competition in London. All the session-specific wheelchair rugby tickets offered for sale to the public by LOCOG have been sold. Read more
May
27
2012
You can win an IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Ball or a Coaches Board just for entering. It's simple and fast, but the contest ends at midnight (PDT) on June 21st, so act fast! Read more
May
27
2012
If you ask C4 why they have restricted the feed to a U.K. audience, they will tell you that they don’t want to interfere with other countries’ television broadcasting rights. Read more
May
27
2012
As with any team, it’s the support that we receive from the families, friends and supporters back home that gives us the ability to compete in one of the greatest sports on the planet. Read more
May
21
2012
With 100 days to go until the start of this year's Paralympic Games, London 2012 is on course to be a record breaker. Tickets went back on general sale on Monday (21 May). Read more
May
18
2012
Each of the 8 games has commentary throughout, and most feature pre and post game interviews with the players and coaches who were there. Read more
May
15
2012
The British Paralympic Association today announced the 11 players who have been selected to compete for ParalympicsGB in Wheelchair Rugby, a Paralympic-specific sport known originally as ‘Murderball’ because it is an aggressive, full-contact sport. Read more
May
14
2012
“When we hosted the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval, we sold out the majority of games,” said Canada Cup Co-Chair Kathy Newman. Read more
May
9
2012
The IWRF encourages all member countries to send a delegate to attend the General Assembly on Tuesday, June 19th. As an added value, the IWRF has arranged several sport related seminars on Wednesday, June 20th, which are open to all registered delegates. Read more
May
8
2012
The 40-year-old Kirkland goes into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. Read more
May
5
2012
Australian coach Brad Dubberley said the series victory emphasised how well his team is shaping up with less than 120 days to go until the Paralympic opening ceremony.

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May
4
2012
The Paralympic team is again headlined by Ryley Batt, widely regarded as the world’s best, and captains Ryan Scott and Cameron Carr, but includes an exciting batch of newcomers led by Victorian Jason Lees and Queenslanders Ben Newton and Chris Bond. Read more
May
4
2012
Ryley Batt is arguably the world's best Wheelchair Rugby player, but although the focus often falls on him, there are other players who are coming to the fore. Read more
May
4
2012
With two games still to play, the Australians hold an unassailable 3-0 series lead after performing brilliantly in front of a boisterous crowd at Sydney Olympic Park’s Sports Centre. Read more
May
3
2012
The Australian Steelers will enter the series buoyed by their victory at the recent Paralympic test event in London, but are taking nothing for granted against a Japanese team also riding a wave of momentum Read more
May
3
2012
Loyal bonds, hard work and a strong team spirit are the key ingredients the USA Wheelchair Rugby team hope will take them to the top of the podium again. Read more
May
3
2012
The sport was invented in Canada and is still affectionately known as Murderball, its original name. Read more
May
2
2012
"It is no exaggeration to say that, without him, the Paralympics we know today and the Games we look forward to this summer would be absolutely unrecognizable. Read more
May
1
2012
Great Britain’s Andy Barrow, a 2-point player on the Wheelchair Rugby Team, gives the lowdown on the test event at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park. Read more
Apr
30
2012
Here’s a list of 12 interesting things you should know about Wheelchair Rugby at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Read more
Apr
30
2012
The IWRF Equipment Committee was asked to review the following wing modification. Read more
Apr
29
2012
The athletes selected form a well-rounded team, from Garett Hickling – who is taking part in his fifth Paralympic Games – to 18-year-old phenom Zak Madell, who is in Grade 12 at Holy Trinity Academy and has only been playing wheelchair rugby for a year. Read more
Apr
25
2012
Competition in both countries begins on Friday, April 27th and runs through Sunday the 29th. Viewers worldwide can log on to watch the action live on the internet. Read more
Apr
23
2012
The IWRF is now accepting written bids to host the 2013 IWRF European Qualifier Tournament. Read more
Apr
19
2012
Australia took gold, Great Britain silver and Canada bronze in a fast-paced tournament that gave players a taste of what is to come at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Read more
Apr
19
2012
The Bronze medal game is Canada v Sweden at 16:00, and the Gold medal game will be Great Britain v Australia at 18:00 today (London time). Read more
Apr
18
2012
Australia won both their games on the first day of the Wheelchair Rugby test event in the Basketball Arena at London's Olympic Park. Read more
Apr
18
2012
Great Britain's Wheelchair Rugby team won both its matches at the Wheelchair Rugby test event in London by maintaining the pressure on their opponents. Read more
Apr
18
2012
Acting IRB Chief Executive Robert Brophy was amongst the delegates in attendance to support the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) as part of the ongoing partnership between the two sports.

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Apr
17
2012
The final preparations are complete and competitive international Wheelchair Rugby is about to begin at the Basketball Arena, venue for the Wheelchair Rugby competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Six games to be webcast.

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Apr
12
2012
Each of the four teams attending has standout athletes, but Australia’s Ryley Batt may be the sports best known and most dominant player. Making his Paralympic debut at the age of 15 in Athens in 2004, Batt has since led his team to Silver medals at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, as well as the IWRF’s 2010 World Championship in Vancouver, Canada. Read more
Mar
30
2012
Along with a totally new website, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation also revealed its recently revised logo today. Very similar to the previous logo, this one has been updated to provide a cleaner look. Read more
Mar
30
2012
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has unveiled its completely revised website at www.iwrf.com. The new website features a dynamic look with plenty of images and videos to display the best features of the exciting sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Read more
Mar
29
2012
Since 1999, the Bernd Best Tournament has offered teams from around the world the chance to come together and compare their sporting prowess in Cologne, Germany. With four levels of competition, the tournament is the most important meeting point in the rugby scene, and the only event of its size. No other regularly held event offers wheelchair rugby devotees the chance to meet up, play competitively, and talk shop. Read more
Mar
19
2012
Back in May 2011, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation’s Board of Directors, and key members of the International Rugby Board (IRB), met in Richmond, BC, Canada to draft a new Strategic Plan for the IWRF. The purpose of this important meeting was to draft a four-year plan that would guide the sport of wheelchair rugby, and the Federation that governs the sport into 2015 and beyond. Read more
Mar
8
2012
The organizing committee for the 2012 Canada Cup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament announced today that the top eight teams in the world have been confirmed to attend. Read more
Mar
8
2012
With six months and a day to go until the start of the Paralympic Games, some of the world’s best Wheelchair Rugby teams have been announced to play in the International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby competition, a test event for London 2012 and part of the London Prepares series. Read more
Nov
8
2011
Australia and Japan’s Wheelchair Rugby teams solidified their places at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Tuesday 8 November after finishing first and second, respectively, at the IWRF Asia-Oceania Championship in Icheon, Korea. Read more
Oct
11
2011
Sweden proved it really is the best team in Europe by defeating Great Britain to take home the title at last weekend’s International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) European Championship in Nottwil, Switzerland. Read more
Oct
9
2011
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation has announced that, following a competitive bid process, the city of Odense, Denmark, has been selected to host the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships. IWRF President John Bishop made the announcement awarding the bid at the conclusion of the 2011 IWRF European Zone Championship in Nottwil, Switzerland. Read more
Sep
25
2011
Paralympic champions USA underlined it is the Wheelchair Rugby team to beat at London 2012 with a victory at last week’s IWRF Americas Zone Championship in Bogota, Colombia. Read more
Jun
19
2011
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) and the International Rugby Board (IRB) have underscored their commitment to collaboration with the delivery of a new roadmap for the development and growth of Wheelchair Rugby worldwide. Read more
May
13
2011
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has appointed Richard Allcroft of Great Britain as the Technical Delegate for the sport of wheelchair rugby at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Read more
Dec
1
2010
The international organisation Peace and Sport, under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, has granted the 2010 Sports Event for Peace award to the wheelchair rugby exhibition match Rumble in Cartagena, held at the 2009 Cartagena Summit on a Mine-Free World. Read more
Sep
27
2010
The USA will start as hot favorites to win gold, and defend their Paralympic title in London 2012, after securing another World Wheelchair Rugby Championships over the weekend. Read more
Jun
1
2010
Maximus is a gladiator. Maximus competes and wins in his wheelchair. Maximus is extreme sport. That was the opening statement of the 2nd International Maximus Tournament held at ANDEF, in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro Read more
Jun
25
2008
IWAS President Paul DePace supported the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation's membership in their unanimous vote for independence. Read more
Sep
16
2006
Christchurch, New Zealand - In 2002, the U.S. Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby National team was a heavy favorite to win yet another World Championship title, but the Americans were upset by archrival Canada in the final, and the team has been left with a bitter taste in its mouth ever since. Read more
Feb
1
2005
MURDERBALL, a film by Dana Adam Shapiro, Jeff Mandel and Henry Alex Rubin, produced and distributed by THINKFilm will make its World Premiere in the documentary competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Read more