National Team

USAWR Announces 2024 Training Squad

USA Wheelchair Rugby on December 16, 2023

USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce the 16 athletes who have been selected for the 2024 National Training Squad. The players were chosen from a group of 37 athletes following a five-day selection camp, December 11-16, at Lakeshore Foundation, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama. Making the National Training Squad is the first step for the athletes in securing a spot on the 12-person U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team that will compete at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, August 28 to September 8.

  • Sarah Adam, Naperville, IL 
  • Jeff Andrews, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Chuck Aoki, Minneapolis, MN 
  • Travis Baker, Hamilton, OH
  • Justin Beavers, Portland, OR
  • Clayton Brackett, Birmingham, AL 
  • Jeff Butler, Ft. Wayne, IN 
  • Chris Fleace, Tucson, AZ 
  • Lee Fredette, East Moriches, NY 
  • Brad Hudspeth, Stilwell, KS 
  • Chuck Melton, Richview, IL
  • Eric Newby, Nashville, IL 
  • Josh O’Neill, Colorado Springs, CO 
  • Zion Redington, Birmingham, AL 
  • Mason Symons, Hershey, PA
  • Josh Wheeler, Tucson, AZ

Head coach Joe Delagrave said, “There is nothing more exciting than a Paralympic year. We have a group of 16 athletes who are unified by this excitement and focused on learning, growing and supporting one another along our journey to Paris. From the newest to most seasoned player, they are prepared to selflessly work toward a common goal – gold in Paris.”

In November 2023, USA Wheelchair Rugby claimed its qualifying spot to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games by winning gold at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. With qualification secure, the team can now focus on refining its game plan for Paris.

Lakeshore National Adapted Sport Organization (LNASO), located in Birmingham, AL, is proud to be the National Governing Body of USA Wheelchair Rugby. Team members and staff travel from across the country to Lakeshore for training camps and competitions. The USAWR Training Squad will return to Lakeshore January 22-28 for its first training camp of 2024.