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    Irish Wheelchair rugby

    <B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">@@@@SPAN lang=EN-IE style="FONT-SIZE: 18pt; mso-ansi-: EN-IE">Have you heard of Wheelchair ?@@@@/SPAN>[/B]<B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">@@@@SPAN lang=EN-IE style="FONT-SIZE: 18pt; mso-ansi-: EN-IE"><O[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]@@@@/SPAN>[/B]
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    @@@@SPAN lang=EN-IE style="mso-ansi-: EN-IE">On Saturday 20<SUP>th</SUP> January, the Irish Wheelchair rugby team (Gaelic Warriors) will be bringing their roadshow to <ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]Limerick. </ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]Demonstration games will be held in the Limerick Institute of Technology Gym Building between 12.30 and 3pm.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>Because of the support that the sport is receiving from the sponsorship by Ulster Bank, it is now getting the opportunity to promote itself nationally through the staging of development days in certain venues all over the country.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>Already this season, there has been one of these days in <ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]Galway.</ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]@@@@/SPAN>
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    @@@@SPAN lang=EN-IE style="mso-ansi-: EN-IE">It is one of the fastest growing sports in the Paralympics at present.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>The ‘Wheel Blacks’ from New Zealand are the current Paralympic Champions, Canada are the World Champions and Great Britain are the European Champions.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>Compared to other sports such as Athletics and Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby is in it’s infancy in <st1:country-regi&#111;n w:st="&#111;n"><ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]Ireland</ST1[img]smileys/razz.gif[/img]. </st1:country-regi&#111;n>@@@@/SPAN>
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    @@@@SPAN lang=EN-IE style="mso-ansi-: EN-IE">The idea behind these development days is to show the public what the sport is all about.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>It is hoped that people will find the sport attractive and exciting to watch.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>We hope that the viewing public will go away from these events and think of how it would benefit a person with special needs that they know.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>The sport is a great way for people to make new friends, to socialise and to keep fit.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>It is also a sport where you can never have enough help.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> @@@@/SPAN>People watching the demonstrations or reading this article may like to get involved with Wheelchair Rugby.@@@@SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp

    Sorry still can't get rid of smilie's.



      RTÉ 1, 7.30pm tomorrow Monday. Three 60, The Quad Squad.

      Documentary about Garrett Culliton and the Irish Wheelchair Rugby squad in the lead up to the European Champs last month in Finland. (Garrett started it in this country after a rugby accident left him in a wheelchair)

      Well worth watching for anyone who hasn't seen wheelchair rugby before.


        I've a couple of friends (able-bodied) who went to play it for charity. Absolutely got the crap beaten out of them and said it was amazing. Worth watching too I hear.



          With two wins from two over France in the exhibition games to highlight wheelchair rugby, the Irish team have set a high standard for the national team on Friday.

          Craig McMillan describes the event:
          "Both games were extremly competitive, the French had improved considerably since the last time the Irish squad faced them in an international encounter three years ago. Ireland have also improved greatly since then, so this led to a very entertaining and competitive fixture on both days of competition."

          "The games were played outdoors in front of the historical landmark of the Louvre. This spectacular location enabled the huge crowds to enjoy the occasion amid the Rugby World Cup fever which had gripped the city."

          "Wheelchair rugby is normally played indoors on a hard surface, and in fact the two matches against the French turned out to be the first International matches to be played outdoors in the history of the sport. This added another dimension to the uniqueness of the event. This enabled the exciting sport of wheelchair rugby to be brought to the spectators and allowed them to get behind their respective teams to cheer them on."

          "The French supporters were very passionate about their sport, but we were not outdone as Ireland had plenty of support already within the city ahead of the union match on the 21st of this month and this was heard and encouraged the players on the court."

          Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale


            Originally posted by McCloud

            With two wins from two over France in the exhibition games to highlight wheelchair rugby, the Irish team have set a high standard for the national team on Friday.

            Am I reading this correctly ? - is there another game this Friday? - I'd like to watch them if there is [img]smileys/c&#111;nfused.gif[/img]




              no more matches unfortunately but were delighted that they won these two. The Irish team was only set up relatively recently and at the beginning they depended on the cast offs from the English team. With sponsorship from Ulster Bank and Digicell things have got much better.

              The French team has only been formed in the past couple of months, with the majority of its members coming from Toulouse where there is a wheelchair rugby team. From what I gather the team is well funded and should be well on its way to Paralympic representation in 2012.

              It is good to see the IRFU recognising the achievements of the team at long last in what has been a hard struggle.



                European Qualifying Championships
                Ireland is hosting our first International Wheelchair Rugby event at the Irish Wheelchair Association in Clontarf, Dublin 3, on February 20th, 21st &amp; 22nd. Ireland, France and the Czech Republic will playoff to see who will travel to this year's European Championships in Denmark, next October.

                Further information can be hadat