Wheelchair Rugby, Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time
When: January 22, 2014, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Presenters: Jeff Jones, BlazeSports America, USA Head Coach James Gumbert, and current co-captain and USA National Team member, Joe Delagrave
Continuing Education Units: 0.1 CEU credit will be provided
Description: You may have heard of the sport described as Murderball or competition in “Mad Max-style” chairs, created in Canada to give opportunity for quadriplegics. It has been featured in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated documentary, Murderball, which follows the pitted rivalry between USA and Canada, and the life of USA Wheelchair Rugby athletes on their quest for gold in the Athens Paralympic games.
Join us for a view into one of the fastest growing parasports in the world, through the eyes of USA Head Coach James Gumbert and current co-captain and USA National Team member, Joe Delagrave. With sellout crowds at the London 2012 Games, three gold medals in 2013, regain of their number one ranking, and a new partnership with USA Rugby, wheelchair rugby is poised to reclaim their World Championship title in 2014 and dominate the Rio 2016 Games. Learn more about the sport as a whole, how it changes lives, and how you can support or get involve.
About the Access to Sport Webinar Series
This webinar series is brought to you by The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Community and BlazeSports. The BlazeSports America Access to Sport webinar series is designed to introduce people with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments to the wide world of adapted sport.