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2018 Selection Camp Attendees

USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce that 33 athletes will be attending the 2018 World Championship Team Selection Camp January 3-7, 2018. Over 35 athletes received an invitation to attend, three of which were... more

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Gumbert, Tucker to return in 2018

Lakeshore Foundation, the High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) for USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce that James Gumbert (Cedar Park, TX) will be returning as the Head Coach for the program in 2018. ... more

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2018 Selection Camp Announcement

Today marks the start of the 2018 Selection Process as invitations for the 2018 USA Wheelchair Rugby Selection Camp were emailed out. Over 35 invitations were sent out and the camp will take place at Lakeshore Foundation in... more

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USAWR Advances to Americas Zone Gold Medal Match

After going 6-0 in pool play, USA Wheelchair Rugby posted win number 7 tonight to advance to the gold medal match of the IWRF Americas Zone Championship.  The Americans will face Canada after their 59-46 win over Brazil to... more

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2017 IWRF Americas Zone Championship

USA Wheelchair Rugby competes in the 2017 IWRF Americas Zone Championship this week in Paraguay.  Competition begins Tuesday, September 5th, follow this link to catch the daily livestream.  At stake, this week -... more

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2019 Combined Staff Selection Procedures

At the conclusion of the Rio Paralympic Games, new measures were put into place with regards to the approval and posting of both athlete and staff selection procedures for all IPC sanctioned events. Per the 2017 Performance... more

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2018 Selection Procedures

The Selection Camp for the GIO 2018 IWRF World Championship Team will take place January 3-7, 2018 at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. The Athlete Selection Procedures and supporting attachments have been... more

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2017 Development Camp Attendees

The following athletes have accepted the invitation to attend the 2017 USAWR Development Camp, September 7-10. Mike Monthervil Joel Rodriguez Matt Milstead Emily Blawu Tyler Cumings Joe Snyder Ben... more

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USAWR Development Camp Invitations

The week of September 7-10th, while the National Team is competing in Paraguay, USAWR will be hosting a development camp at Lakeshore Foundation to identify future talent for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.  Over 30 athletes were... more

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USAWR Development Camp-Athlete Applications

USA Wheelchair Rugby will be hosting another development camp this fall, September 7-10, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. While we have received a list of names from the USQRA, we would also like to open it up and accept... more

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Japan Para Championships Begin Thursday, May 25th

USA Wheelchair Rugby will face Japan and Australia Thursday on the opening day of the 2017 Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby Championship.  Games, with the exception of the final, will not be live streamed, scores and stats will... more

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Tri Nations Recap: Day Three

Day three of the 2017 Tri Nations Tournament opened with a fierce back and forth match up between the U.S. and Japan.  While the score was never more than a two point differential, Japan maintained the lead for most of the... more

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Tri Nations 2017 Schedule Announced

Lakeshore Foundation is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2017 Tri Nations Tournament featuring teams from Canada, Japan and the United States of America.  The game schedule is included below, recaps will posted... more

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Roster Changes Announced

USA Wheelchair Rugby is announcing changes to the training squad roster as per the selection procedures outlined here in section 3.0.  Josh Brewer and James Adams have voluntary withdrawn from the team at this time, both... more

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USAWR Spring Newsletter

USA Wheelchair Rugby will now be publishing a quarterly newsletter. Please click here to read our first issue. Interested in receiving this directly in your inbox?  Just click this link to become a... more

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2017 IWRF Americas Championship Host Announced

Hosts selected for 2017 IWRF Americas and Asia-Oceania Championships Three nations will qualify for the 2018 World Championship The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) has announced the hosts for the 2017... more

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USAWR Welcomes New S&C Coordinator

USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR) recently posted an opening for a new Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and interviewed several qualified candidates. We were pleased to see the interest in our program and specifically this... more

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USAWR Seeks Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

The USA Wheelchair Rugby program is currently searching for a strength & conditioning coordinator for the 2017-18 season.  All interested applicants can find a copy of the job description here and should forward a... more

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Regier Announces Retirement

Long time U.S. athlete and 2016 Team USA Wheelchair Rugby co-captain Jason Reiger has announced his retirement from the sport. Included below is a letter from Regier submitted to the team on January 24th.  To represent... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Names 2017 Training Squad

USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce the 16 athletes that have been selected to the National Training Squad for 2017. James Adams, Atlanta, GA Chuck Aoki, Minneapolis, MN Clayton Brackett, Birmingham, AL Josh... more

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Coaching Announcement

Lakeshore Foundation, the High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) for USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce that James Gumbert (Cedar Park, TX) has been selected to return as the Head Coach for the program in... more

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2017 Selection Camp Attendees

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the following 26 athletes to the 2017 National Team Selection Camp, trying out for a spot on the training squad. Selection Camp will take place 4-8 January, 2017 at Lakeshore... more

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U.S. Paralympics Top Photo of the Year

U.S. Paralympics is running a contest on their Facebook page to select the top photo of the year. There is an album of 16 photos and the photo with the most likes on midnight ET on Dec. 20 will be named the top photo of the... more

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2017 National Team Selection Camp

Only 11 weeks have passed since the closing of the Rio Paralympic Games and it is already time to begin thinking about the future of the USAWR program. This year will play host to the Americas Championships, a direct... more

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Athlete’s Perspective of the Rio Paralympic Games

New Mobility Magazine just published a new article written by 2016 Rio athlete, Seth McBride. It gives an in depth look at life during the Paralympic Games and touches on everything from competition to village living. Thank... more

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USOC Athlete Advisory Council

As a result of a recent change to the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Athletes' Advisory Council (AAC) bylaws, there will be increased Paralympic representation on the AAC.  This change will result in a... more

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USAWR Development Camp

Today we welcome 12 athletes to Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama for a USA Wheelchair Rugby development camp.  In an effort to expand the talent pool and enhance the athlete pipeline, USAWR will host a... more

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The Paralympic Final U.S. v Australia

Rio De Janeiro, BRAZIL - The gold medal match between the United States and defending Paralympic champion Australia will be long remembered by fans of the sport. Already being heralded as one of the greatest games of rugby... more

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The 2016 Paralympic Semi Final

Rio De Janerio, BRAZIL - There are storied rivalries in sport and in wheelchair rugby its' the U.S. and Canada.  The two have played each other on dozens of stages with the outcomes going back and forth but today was the... more

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Semi Final Set for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio De Janerio, BRAZIL - The U.S. will face Canada in Semi Final #1 of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games at 11:45 a.m. ET Saturday. The U.S. earned their semi final spot as winners of Pool B going 3-0 in Paralympic... more

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Day Three from Rio – The United States vs. Japan

Rio De Janerio, BRAZIL - The United States, current number one in the world faced Japan, the current number three in IWRF rankings for a showdown at Carioca 1 Friday.  The last game of pool play for both countries at... more

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Day Two From Rio – USA vs. Sweden

Rio De Janerio, BRAZIL - Fueled by their 51-42 opening win over France, Team USA came out strong on the court for day two of the Wheelchair Rugby Competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games with a commanding  54-44 win over... more

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U.S. Opens Up Paralympic Games with a Win over France

Rio De Janerio, BRAZIL - The Wheelchair Rugby competition began Wednesday at the 2016 Paralympic Games with the United States facing France. The U.S. came out victorious in the opener, 51-42. Chuck Aoki (Minneapolis, MN)... more

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Paralympic Coverage

With only 14 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, both the NBC broadcast schedule and online streaming schedule have been released. Our full schedule of games can be found below and we'll be... more

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Roster Change

August 7, 2016  - USA Wheelchair Rugby announced today that athlete Anthony McDaniel has been replaced with alternate Seth McBride (Portland, OR), due to an ineligible sport class. McDaniel's sport class has been under... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Nominates 12 athletes for Rio

USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce the names of the 12 athletes that have been nominated to represent the United States in Rio. Chuck Aoki    Minneapolis, MN Jeff Butler      Austin, TX Josh Brewer... more

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Number One!

USA Wheelchair Rugby finished out the 2016 Canada Cup with a perfect record Sunday, posting a 56-53 win over Canada.  In addition to an overall team victory for the tournament, USA's Jeff Butler was awarded the .5 Best in... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby set for Canada Cup

USA Wheelchair Rugby is in British Colombia this week for the 2016 International Wheelchair Rugby Canada Cup.  All of the teams the U.S. will face in Rio with the exception of France and Brazil will be on hand for the four... more

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USAWR Rio Training Squad Named

The USA Wheelchair Rugby team qualified for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio last week with a gold medal win in Paris! For the last four days, 35 athletes participated in a team selection camp at Lakeshore Foundation in order to... more

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Rio!

Paris, France.  With a 56-44 win over Denmark Thursday April 21st at the 2016 IWRF Rio Qualification Tournament, USA Wheelchair Rugby has captured one of the two remaining slots for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.  Today's... more

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Day Two Update – 2016 IWRF Paralympic Qualifier

Paris, France.  After decisive margins of victory on day one of the 2016 IWRF Paralympic Qualifier, USA Wheelchair Rugby took the court again today in Paris and notched out two more big wins over Finland and France 60-32... more

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2016 Rio Selection Camp Attendees Released

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the following 35 athletes will be attending the 2016 Rio Selection Camp for a chance to earn a spot on the USA Wheelchair Rugby squad. Selection Camp will take place 27... more

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USA – SWE Six Game Series Schedule

Birmingham rugby fans and community members, make plans to come out to Lakeshore Foundation and support USA Wheelchair Rugby next week.  They will take on Team Sweden in a six game series beginning Tuesday, March 22nd at 10... more

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Pressure rises for US Wheelchair Rugby

The Rio Qualification Tournament is just a little over a month away, and the IPC posted a great article about our upcoming journey.  Prior to Paris, USAWR will be hosting Team Sweden in a six game series at Lakeshore... more

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Six Months To Go

With only six months to go until the Opening Ceremony for the Rio Paralympic Games, media surrounding the Games is picking up. Be on the look out for  promo videos on NBC, like the one with Chuck Aoki below, and the most... more

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2016 Rio Selection Camp Invitations

Invitations have been sent out to the following athletes for the 2016 Rio Selection Camp, taking place 27 April - 1 May, 2016 in Birmingham, AL.  All invitees are strongly encouraged to read through the Selection... more

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Aoki Named to IPC Ones to Watch List

With only 246 days until the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has released the Ones to Watch list for Wheelchair Rugby.  We are very proud to see Chuck Aoki at the top and... more

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Rio 2016 Tickets on sale through CoSport

Earlier this week, tickets for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games went on sale.  As the USOC’s longstanding hospitality provider and recently appointed IPC Global Authorised Ticket Reseller, CoSport is standing by to assist... more

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USAWR Selection Camp Athlete Reminders

With the approved selection procedures posted recently, there are a few athlete qualification criteria that we want to ensure invitees are aware of.  All athletes must be a national of the United States at the time of... more

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2016 Rio Paralympic Team Selection Procedures

With only six months until the Selection Camp for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Team, the Selection Procedures have been approved and posted. You can find them housed under the About Us section and all athletes who will be in... more

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USA to face Rival Canada in Final

London, England - After upsetting the Aussies in the semi-finals of the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 57-54 on Thursday, the U.S. will face rival Canada in the event final at 12:45 pm ET on Friday, October 16th. The... more

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Rio 2016 Celebrates One Year to Go

With one year to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven has said he believes the Games will be a record-breaking success that will transform Latin America. ... more

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USAWR featured in the American Monthly magazine

http://issuu.com/michaelburland/docs/the_american_magazine_747_sept15 USA Wheelchair Rugby is featured in the September-October issue of the American Monthly magazine in the UK.  The story highlights our upcoming... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Takes Home Silver Medal

TORONTO, Canada – USA Wheelchair Rugby brought home the silver tonight in a hard fought 54-57 loss to Canada. Another near capacity crowd at the Mississauga Center was treated to four extremely physical periods of... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Advances to Gold Medal Game

TORONTO, Canada – USA Wheelchair Rugby moves on to tomorrow’s gold medal game with a win in tonight’s semi-final, 65-28 over Colombia. It was another impressive night for the Americans who controlled the tempo on... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Cruises to 4-0

TORONTO, Canada – USA Wheelchair Rugby moves to 4-0 tonight with another win, 71-25 over Colombia. Solid from the start tonight, the U.S. continued to run various line-ups with contributions across the bench. Strong... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Scores Another Big Win

TORONTO, Canada – The U.S. brought home another huge win tonight in their match up defeating Chile 54-11. The combination of experience and skill from the Americans proved to be too much for the Chilean squad. Held... more

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Smart Play and Hard Hits bring U.S. second victory

TORONTO - Day two from the Mississauga Centre brought the U.S. another big win, besting Brazil 62-27. The Brazilians came out with an efficient game plan creating a back and forth between the teams very early in the first... more

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USAWR hosts Team Japan

In just two short weeks, USAWR will have their last training camp prior to departing for the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto. In addition to training during the camp, they will also be hosting Team Japan for a six... more

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Toronto 2015

Toronto 2015: 5 wheelchair rugby storylines 07.07.2015 With a month to go until the Parapan Am Games, here are the top storylines to follow. Trevor Hirschfield of Canada races after the ball at the London... more

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USAWR Selects 2015 Parapan American Games Team

Nearly fifty days ago, USAWR selected 15 athletes to the Parapan American Games training squad.  Since then, this group of 15 have attended two training camps and competed for a spot to attend the 2015 Parapan American... more

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Eagles Select 2015 Squad

Thirty-five athletes endured several different skills tests and competed in extensive, intense hours of rugby, April 29-May 3, at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, AL.  Lakeshore serves as home of the USAWR Eagles... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Proud to Announce New Partner

Liberty Mutual Insurance Named Official Sponsor of USA Wheelchair Rugby Liberty Mutual to Serve as Official Insurance Partner for USA Wheelchair Rugby and its U.S. Paralympics National Team BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 6,... more

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2015 Parapan American Games Training Squad Named

Over the past three and a half days, 35 athletes endured several different skills tests and competed in almost 30 hours of rugby.  This was all to land a spot on the Parapan American Games Training Squad for USA... more

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Take these broken wings

Originally published for sbnation.com. Read the full story here >> Delvin McMillian lost both hands and feet at the age of 21. But the hardest thing he has ever done was fight for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair... more

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2015 Parapan Games Tryouts Announced

The Selection Camp for the 2015 Parapan American training squad will take place April 29th-May 3rd at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.  The Paralympic Sport Performance Division has approved the Wheelchair Rugby... more

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Cohn meets Sir Craven

Talked to Sir Phil Craven today at the AAPM&R-the largest annual  gathering of physiatrists held this year in San Diego. Craven was the keynote speaker discussing Paralympics, and he specifically highlighted the efforts... more

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The Emerging Force

4 November 14   BIRMINGHAM, AL - Team Force was together on the court this weekend for the first time since our competition in Switzerland. Though the Force didn’t come out as number one in the Switzerland... more

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Aoki: Being a Paralympian isn’t just a hobby

Originally published for Paralympic.org. Read Chuck Aoki's full post here. I'm furious. And as someone who's normally a pretty laid back guy, this is unusual. But when I read sentences like these, my day is ruined:... more

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Roll to Rio

Two world wheelchair rugby powerhouses collide this week at the Lakeshore Foundation field house in Birmingham Alabama, home of USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR) for a combined training camp. With the 2014 World Championships... more

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USA vs Australia

  Excitement is building for a wheelchair rugby series featuring two of the top teams in the world that will face off in Birmingham, Alabama beginning on October 7, 2014. The U.S. Wheelchair Rugby team and the... more

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2015 USAWR Tryouts Announced

USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR) released the dates for their 2015 selection camp today.  The dates are April 29 – May 3, 2015 at the Lakeshore foundation with selection procedures to be posted in the coming weeks and... more

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Jason Reiger via Chapter BE

Sometimes we chose our Chapter Be, sometimes it happens to us. Jason Regier is an amazing example of how you take an unexpected life event and turn it into something good. In 1996, Jason was in a car accident that left him... more

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YOU decide who wins the Fans’ Best Player Award!

Originally published by Af Jannik Lund Andersen for IWRF.com For the first time in the history of the IWRF World Championship, the organizers will award the best player of the tournament from the spectator’s point of... more

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BLK shows its support at World Championships

ODENSE, Denmark – The USA Wheelchair Rugby team has scored 181 goals in its first three matches at the IWRF 2014 World Championship, including 54 against the New Zealand Wheel Blacks. The goal lines at the Stadium Arena... more

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USA aiming for fifth world title

Originally published on paralympic.org... The USA wheelchair rugby team is on the brink of one of the most impressive achievements in sport as they aim to win their fifth International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF)... more

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Wheelchair rugby teams join race for Rio

Originally published on Rio2016.com. Wheelchair rugby is the next sport to start qualification for Rio 2016, with the winner of the world championship that starts on Monday (4 August) guaranteed a place at the first... more

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USA Wheelchair Rugby website launched

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Wheelchair Rugby launched its new website (usawr.org) Monday ahead of the IWRF 2014 World Championship in Odensa, Denmark. Stemming from the recent partnership between USA Rugby and USA Wheelchair... more

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Chuck on World Championships

Hello everyone! I hope you are all getting as excited as I am about the upcoming World Wheelchair Rugby Championships! The entire USA Wheelchair Rugby family and I cannot wait to get over to Denmark to defend our title! I... more

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Joe knows …

This week we embark on our journey over to Odense, Denmark to begin our defense of the Wheelchair Rugby World Championship.  I had recently encountered some guests from Denmark at the hotel I work at and asked them for the... more

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USA prepares for World Championships

USA Wheelchair Rugby kicks off the 2014 season with the World Championships in Odense Denmark.  The 12 team will feature the best teams in the world competing for the coveted crown. The USA is the 2 time defending... more