National Team

USA Wheelchair Rugby Heads to 2016 IWRF Paralympic Qualifier

Jen Remick on April 14, 2016

Birmingham, AL.  USA Wheelchair Rugby travels to Paris for the 2016 IWRF Paralympic Qualifier Tournament April 18 – 21, 2016.  With the final two spots on the Paralympic program up for grabs, the competition is of the utmost importance. “We are excited to have the chance to qualify for the Rio games,” said U.S. Head Coach James Gumbert.  “We have put a lot of sacrifice and effort in, and believe in each other going into the upcoming matches.”

The U.S. will face Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and New Zealand with the top two finishers taking the coveted spots in Rio.  Action for the U.S. kicks off on Monday, April 18th as they face Germany at 11 a.m. CET (4 a.m. CST).  A complete game schedule is listed below.  Catch all the action from Paris on the livestream at http://www.handisport.org/6672-2/. Game results will be updated daily at http://www.usawr.org

Game Schedule – All times are CET

April 18 2016 – Monday
09:00 – France vs. Finland
11:00United States vs. Germany
13:00 – New Zealand vs. Denmark
15:00 – Germany vs. Finland
17:00 – France vs. Denmark
19:00 – United States vs. New Zealand

April 19 2016 – Tuesday
09:00 – Germany vs. Denmark
11:00 – United States vs. Finland
13:00 – Germany vs. New Zealand
15:00 – France vs. United States
17:00 – Denmark vs. Finland
19:00 – France  vs. New Zealand

April 20 2016 – Wednesday
09:00 – United States vs. Denmark
11:00 – France vs. Germany
13:00 – New Zeal and vs. Finland

15:00 – Break

17:00 – 5 vs. 4
19:00 – 6 vs. 3

April 21 2016 – Thursday
11:00 – Semi Final – 1 vs. TBD
13:00 – Semi Final – 2 vs. TBD
15:00 – Final Placing Match – 5 vs. 6

17:00 – Bronze Medal Match – 4 vs. 3
19:00 – Gold Medal Match – 1 vs. 2

About USA Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby was invented in Canada in 1977.   Originally known as “murderball” because of its intense physical nature, the sport’s name was changed to wheelchair rugby. By 1993 wheelchair rugby was officially recognized as a sport for athletes with disability and the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation was founded. In 1994 Wheelchair Rugby was recognized by the International Paralympic Committee as a Paralympic sport and made its Paralympic debut as a demonstration event in Atlanta in 1996.  It became a medal sport in Sydney in 2000, where the United States won the gold medal. In 2013, USA Wheelchair Rugby partnered with USA Rugby in order to collaborate in the growth of Rugby in America.

Lakeshore Foundation, a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama, serves as the High Performance Management Organization for USA Wheelchair Rugby under contract with the United States Olympic Committee.  With a unique combination of activity, research and advocacy Lakeshore is a leader in their field.  Learn more about USA Wheelchair Rugby and Lakeshore Foundation at www.lakeshore.org.

USA Wheelchair Rugby is proudly supported by Liberty Mutual Insurance.  Liberty Mutual Insurance is the official property and casualty and life insurance partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games and 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The company also is the proud sponsor and partner of several national governing bodies, including ASA/USA Softball, U.S. Rowing, U.S. Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo and USA Wrestling.

For more information contact Jen Remick at jenr@lakeshore.org or 205.999.4944

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