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Wheelchair rugby coming to college

GORMANTON HOSTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:22

THE ROUGH and tough sport of Wheelchair Rugby comes to Gormanston College in February for three days of fantastic action.

The Irish Wheelchair Association - Sport (IWA - Sport) has been granted the hosting of the Wheelchair Rugby European Qualifying Championships from the 7th to the 9th of February in the college.

This tournament will see Ireland, Italy, Holland and the Czech Republic compete for two places in the European Championships in Antwerp, Belgium in August 2013.

The tournament will begin on Thursday evening the 7th of February with Ireland taking on the Czech Republic and Italy facing Holland.

Supporters are welcome to attend at any stage over the three days and admission is free.

Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed team sport for male and female quadriplegic athletes.

A unique sport created by athletes with a disability, it combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball.

Players compete in manual wheelchairs specifically designed for the sport. Players compete in teams of four to carry the ball across the opposing team's goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, and is in fact an integral part of the sport as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.

Players must meet minimum disability criteria and be classifiable under the sport classification rules. Wheelchair Rugby is a Paralympic sport, with twenty-six countries competing in international competition and more than ten others developing national programs.

The fixtures and times are as follows; Thursday, February 7 Opening ceremony - Time 6pm Ireland v Czech Republic. Time: 615pm Holland v Italy. Time: 8pm Friday, February 8 Ireland v Italy. Time: 11am Holland v Czech Republic. Time: 1pm Ireland v Holland. Time: 6pm Italy v Czech Republic. Time: 745pm Saturday, February 9 3rd v 4th . Time: 2pm 1st v 2nd. Time: 430pm .

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