Ireland’s Wheelchair Rugby Team Hope for Clean Sweep at World Wheelchair Rugby Championships
This August, Sydney will host the World Rugby Wheelchair Championships and for the first time in their history an Irish team will compete at the event. The world’s top 12 teams will play to take home the world title, including a strong Irish team who earned their spot via a Qualification Tournament which took place in Nottwil, Switzerland in April this year.
Wheelchair Rugby, a Paralympic Sport was first introduced to Ireland in 1997. Since then, IWA-Sport as the national governing body for wheelchair rugby in Ireland has supported Irish players and clubs, to grow the sport from grass-root level to compete and perform for Ireland at the highest international level.
A squad of 8 players and four support staff will travel to Sydney later this month to prepare for the opening match against Japan which takes place on Sunday, 5th August. Speaking about the upcoming World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, Team Manager, Lunn Cromie explained:
The Irish Wheelchair Rugby Team had an intense and physical year as we competed to qualify for the Gio 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships. We are prepared to take on the challenge and compete against the world’s top teams in Sydney this August. However, we need the support of all Irish rugby fans to finalise our attempts to take home the world title. It will cost the squad and support team approximately €20,000 to facilitate the round trip to Australia and we are appealing to our supporters, home towns and all rugby fans to get behind the wheels in green this summer
IWA-Sport has a dedicated donation page which is currently accepting donations from individuals and organisations that can assist the Irish Wheelchair Rugby Team to make history in Australia this summer. To make a donation, for further information about Wheelchair Rugby or the upcoming Gio 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships please click here