Rugby's Wheelchair Challenge
Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge asks some of Ireland’s top rugby players to sit into a wheelchair and experience first-hand the everyday experiences, frustrations and challenges of being physically disabled in Ireland.
Four rugby heroes will be asked to make their way from Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to Limerick’s Thomand Park while confined to a wheelchair. Irish vice-captain Jamie Heaslip, Munster’s full back Felix Jones and former Ireland legends Shane Byrne and David Wallace attempt to use buses, trains and taxis – as well as pure muscle – to journey on a road less travelled.
What will happen when these athletes are stripped of their physical prowess and challenged to experience the sobering reality of those who live in a wheelchair every single day?
Narrated by sports broadcaster Ger Gilroy, this one-off documentary was initiated by accessibility advocate and founder of goaccessible365.com Stephen Cluskey. Stephen is himself a quadriplegic; confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the age of eighteen. The aim is to raise awareness about accessibility issues and in particular IRUPA’s Injured Rugby Player’s Fund.
The programme has been produced on a pro-bono basis by Loosehorse Television; one of Ireland’s leading indies, winners of four IFTAs with an unrivalled track record in sport.