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8 May 2014

Mayor Boris Johnson announces 2015 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge

On Wednesday, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby stars Kylie Grimes, Mike Kerr, Chris Ryan and Bulbul Hussein joined London Mayor, Boris Johnson and Harlequins and England rugby star Mike Brown to announce the first World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, which will take place at London’s Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between 11th and 16th October 2015, cementing the legacy of the 2012 Games.

 

As well as Great Britain, current Paralympic Gold Medal holders Australia and current World Champions USA will take part, along with teams from Canada, South Africa, Japan, France, and New Zealand.

 

London Mayor, Boris Johnson said, “I am delighted that the Copper Box will be hosting the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, which is surely one of the most terrifying and exhilarating sports on the planet. We have worked hard to ensure that all of our stunning 2012 venues have a long-term sporting future and this event will ensure that thousands of people can relive the golden memories of 2012 while enjoying another top-class sporting event. This event will also build on the work that we are doing with partners to encourage participation in sport, inspire change and improve lives.

 

 

David Pond, Chief Executive of GBWR added; "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. Wheelchair Rugby caught the public's imagination in London 2012, and this tournament will give them another chance to experience the excitement of the game with its speed, skill and big hits."

 

John Bishop, President of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation stated; "It's no coincidence that this tournament will take place at the same time as 2015 Rugby World Cup as the IRB and IWRF are sport partners. The IRB are very supportive of this event, which we hope may become a regular tournament alongside future Rugby World Cups."

 

The 2015 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge will be fully sanctioned by the IWRF, and will no doubt become one on the sports premier events. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact David Pond at

 

Watch the Mayor play wheelchair rugby! Watch out, watch out, watch out...