Sports Summary

Wheelchair rugby is an intense, contact team sport played in eight-minute quarters.

To be eligible to compete, athletes must have an impairment in all four limbs.

Players are assigned a point value from 0.5 to 3.5 – the higher the number of points, the higher their functional ability, and the four players on court cannot exceed a combined total of eight points.

A volleyball is used and it can be carried, dribbled or passed in any way except by kicking. It must be bounced at least once every 10 seconds.

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Events & Disciplines

Eight teams featuring both male and female athletes are drawn into two pools, with the two highest placed teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals.

 

Classification

Who is eligible to compete in wheelchair rugby?

Athletes with a physical impairment in all four limbs, including quadriplegia, limb loss or deficiency, and equivalent impairments

What are the classes?

0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 and 3.5

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How do I get classified?

Request a classification here.

Rules & Equipment

Court

Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a regulation-sized basketball court. The basketball key area is replaced by a wheelchair rugby key 8m wide and 1.75m deep. The part of the end line within the key is called the goal line and it is marked with one pylon at each end.

Ball

An official size and weight (280g) volleyball is used for play. It must be white in colour.

Wheelchairs

As a contact sport, wheelchair rugby places high demands on players’ wheelchairs. They must be lightweight and easy to manoeuvre while still being strong enough to protect the players and withstand frequent collisions.

Wheelchair rugby chairs have several unique features including bumpers at the front and wings to protect the sides. Spoke protectors and anti-tip devices are mandatory. All wheelchairs must meet International Wheelchair Rugby Federation regulations.

Gloves

Athletes may wear gloves to improve their grip on the ball.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2016 1 0 0 1
2012 1 0 0 1
2008 0 1 0 1
2000 0 1 0 1
Ryley Batt

Ryley Batt

Wheelchair rugby

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Chris Bond

Chris Bond

Wheelchair rugby

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Cameron Carr

Cameron Carr

Wheelchair rugby

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Andrew Edmondson

Andrew Edmondson

Wheelchair rugby

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Nazim Erdem

Nazim Erdem

Wheelchair rugby

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Ben Fawcett

Ben Fawcett

Wheelchair rugby

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Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Wheelchair rugby

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Josh Hose

Josh Hose

Wheelchair rugby

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Jason Lees

Jason Lees

Wheelchair rugby

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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Wheelchair rugby

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Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Wheelchair rugby

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Jayden Warn

Jayden Warn

Wheelchair rugby

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic Wheelchair rugby Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Disability Sports Australia
sports.org.au

Wheelchair Sports NSW
wsnsw.org.au

Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association QLD
sportingwheelies.org.au

Disability Recreation & Sports SA
drssa.org.au

Disability Sport and Recreation VIC
dsr.org.au

Rebound WA
reboundwa.com