Wheelchair rugby was first contested at the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport in Atlanta in 1996. It became an official medal-awarding sport at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and has since become one of the world’s most exciting and popular Para-sports.
Wheelchair rugby is an intense, contact team sport played by males and females in eight-minute quarters. To be eligible to compete, athletes must have a significant impairment that affects their arms and legs.
If you’re interested in trying a new sport, meeting new friends or improving your wellbeing by being more active, we’d love to hear from you! To get involved in wheelchair rugby complete our expression of interest and a member of the team will be in touch.
Australian Steelers wheelchair rugby team
The Australian Steelers wheelchair rugby team is one of the most successful teams in the world, winning two gold medals at the Paralympic Games (2012 and 2016) and a world championship (2014).
The National Squad features 12 Para-athletes and is managed by a High Performance team:
Head Coach: Brad Dubberley
Performance Director: Paul Kiteley
High Performance Manager: Sam Allan
Assistant Coach and Strength/Conditioning: Greg Smith
Development Coach: TBC
Welfare: Eloise Boyle
Performance Analyst: Lewis Quinn
Pathways Manager: Sam Fox