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.
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 world championships in 2014 and 2022.
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
National Development Coach: Jason Lees
Welfare: Eloise Boyle
Performance Analyst: Lewis Quinn
Pathways Manager: Sam Fox