Cowichan Wheels

Wheelchir Rugby

A Wheelchair Rugby Team 2016

Wheelchair rugby, (known as quad rugby in the United States), is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is currently practiced in over twenty countries around the world and is a Paralympic sport.

Developed in Canada in 1977, the sport’s original name was murderball. The United States name of quad rugby is based on the fact that all wheelchair rugby players need to have disabilities that include at least some loss of function in at least three limbs – most are medically classified as quadriplegic.

The rules include elements of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball and rugby union. It is a contact sport and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. It has little in common with Rugby football except for the name.

On the second Sunday in June, in Downtown Duncan the tournament happens. Teams of 3 or more people (one must be female), play short games of wheelchair rugby. Players have their hands covered and taped. Rugby wheelchairs are provided by the organization.

A team is not allowed to have more than three players on court at any one time. A player with possession of the ball must bounce or pass the ball to other members of his/her team. Physical contact between wheelchairs is permitted, and forms a major part of the game. The winners then move up on to the next level of tournament play. To read more about Cowichan Wheels, go to their website.

The Cowichan Foundation is a strong supporter of Cowichan Wheels.