Jim Roberts competing in wheelchair rugby for ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Image: Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby / Megumi Masuda

 

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, Disability Sports Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union are working in collaboration to identify and develop the next generation of Welsh wheelchair rugby stars. We are looking for physically disabled males and females who are passionate and excited about sport, are motivated to be the best they can be, and want to explore their potential in wheelchair rugby.

You don’t need to have any experience of playing wheelchair rugby – you may be playing a different sport and feel that wheelchair rugby could be the sport that you really excel in or maybe you’ve discovered the sport through the European Championship and this will be your first time trying a wheelchair sport.

 

 

Talent identification day

We currently have a talent identification event planned for

  • Saturday, 8 July in Aberystwyth University

But don’t worry if you can’t make that day, you should still apply and we will be in touch with other opportunities to get involved.

Our talent identification day will be delivered by experienced pathway coaches who will give you the opportunity to try wheelchair rugby in a fun, supported environment. All equipment will be provided, including chairs and gloves, and our staff will introduce you to wheelchair rugby at a pace that you are comfortable with.

During the session you will get the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of the sport and put them into action in games. You will also get the chance to try some of our physical tests that measure your speed, acceleration, and maneuverability. Our coaching and support staff will monitor your performance and feed back to you during and after the session.

 


What is wheelchair rugby?

Video: Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) on YouTube


Why wheelchair rugby?

"Wheelchair rugby has given me my joy for sport back. Being on the talent pathway has encouraged me to strive toward elite sport again; the support of coaches and the other players allows me to push myself whilst also enjoying myself the whole time."

- Harri, 26

 “Being on the talent pathway has been extremely beneficial for me. It has helped me to develop my skills, tactics, and knowledge. The pathway has also given me a clearer picture of what it takes to play at the highest level”

- Gemma, 23

“The GB talent pathway has given me so much, both on court and off.  During my time on the squad I have grown as a player, become a starter for my team and overall gained a lot of confidence in my skillset through the expert level of coaching and management provided by the talent staff – without them I would not be the player I am today.  Off court I have gained a lot of life-long friends who have helped boost my social skills, like talking in front of large groups.  The experience on the talent pathway as a whole is absolutely priceless to building the foundations for anyone with the drive, ambition, and commitment to become one of the best athletes in the country, if not the world.”

- Luke, 24

“Wheelchair rugby has made me a stronger, healthier, and more independent person. I've also made many great friends, learned new skills, and gained the opportunity to train and compete at a high level through being involved in the talent pathway.”

- Sam, 29


Topics in this article:
Elite SportPerformance PathwayWelsh Rugby Union (WRU)Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR)Wheelchair Rugby

 

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