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Australia national wheelchair rugby team

Australia AU
IWRF Ranking4 (2021)
CoachBrad Dubberley Nov 2006-
Paralympic Games
Appearances7
Medals Silver: 2000 Summer Paralympics
Silver: 2008 Summer Paralympics
Gold: 2012 Summer Paralympics
Gold: 2016 Summer Paralympics
World Championships
Appearances8
Medals Bronze: 2002
Silver: 2010
Gold: 2014
Silver: 2018
Gold: 2022

Wheelchair rugby is a sport with national representation at the Paralympic games. The Australian Team is known as the 'Steelers'.[1]

Australia has competed at every Paralympics Games since the sport gained full Paralympic Medal status at the 2000 Summer Paralympics.[2] The Steelers also competed in the 1996 Summer Paralympics where wheelchair rugby was a demonstration sport.[3] The 'Steelers' defeated Canada at the 2012 London Games to win its first gold medal.[4] In 2014, it won its first World Championship by defeating Canada. In winning the world championship, the Steelers became the second nation in history to hold both the Paralympic and world championship titles concurrently.[5]

Wheelchair Rugby Australia (WRA) established in 2022 is responsible for the development and growth of the sport of wheelchair rugby in Australia.[6] The sport is not included at the Special Olympics or the Deaflympics.[7]

Wheelchair rugby Atlanta Paralympics (11)
Brad Dubberley Head Coach since 2006.
Brad Dubberley Head Coach since 2006

The game

The sport is one of the few contact sports available for wheelchair sport athletes and was originally known as "Murderball".[2] It was developed in Canada during the 1970s and made its way to Australia in 1981.[8]

The sport uses a volleyball for the ball and combines elements of basketball, soccer and ice hockey. The game is played on a basketball sized court.[9] Each team has four players on the court at any one time.[2] It has drawn large crowds at events such as the Paralympics.

Athlete classifications

Wheelchair Rugby is open to athletes with quadriplegia.[10] Athletes competing in wheelchair rugby are classified according to their ability. Players are classified using a points system starting at 0.5 for athletes with the least ability through to 3.5 for athletes with the most ability.[10]

A team can have four players on the court but must not exceed 8 classification points (the combined total of the player's individual classifications).[10]

Paralympic Games

Performances 1996–2020

1996 Atlanta

Australian Wheelchair Rugby team at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics

Australia represented by:
MenBrett Boylan (2.0), Garry Croker (1.0), Andrew Greenaway (1.5), Rodney Hamilton, David Jacka (0.5), Peter Lock (2.5), Steve Porter (2.5), Baden Whitehead (2.0) ; Coaches – Darryl Wingard (head coach)
. Wheelchair rugby was a demonstration sport at the 1996 Summer Paralympics. George Hucks was a member of the Australian team. During a practice in Atlanta prior to the start of the games, Hucks broke his kneecap. Hucks, from South Australia, was the team's best player. This was a major loss for the team. Hucks was flown home and another player was flown into Australia to replace him. Australia did not win a single match in wheelchair rugby. They lost to New Zealand 23–39, to Great Britain 33–34, to Canada 24–39, to the USA 18–31 and to Sweden 25–29.[11]
Wheelchair rugby at the 1996 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

2000 Sydney

Silver medal winning Australian wheelchair rugby "Steelers" at their medal presentation ceremony at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games

Australia represented by:

MenBryce Alman (2.0), Brett Boylan (2.0), Cliff Clarke, Garry Croker (1.0), Brad Dubberley (3.5), Nazim Erdem (0.5), Peter Harding, George Hucks (3.0), Tom Kennedy, Craig Parsons, Steve Porter (2.5), Patrick Ryan (2.5)
Coaches – Terry Vinyard (head coach), Glenn Stephens and Nicholas Bailey (Assistant Coaches) Officials – Kim Elwood (manager), David Bonavita, Wendy Poole
The team won the silver medal after losing to the World and Paralympic champions, United States by one point in the final.[12][13][14]
Wheelchair rugby at the 2000 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

2004 Athens

Australia represented by:
MenBryce Alman (2.0), Ryley Batt (3.5), Grant Boxall (2.5), Brett Boylan (2.0), Brad Dubberley (3.5), Nazim Erdem (0.5), George Hucks (3.0), Kevin Kersnovske (2.0), Steve Porter (2.5), Patrick Ryan (2.5), Ryan Scott (0.5), Scott Vitale (2.0)
Coaches – Terry Vinyard (head coach), Glenn Stephens (assistant coach) Officials – Kim Ellwood (manager), Robert Doidge, Maria Spiller
[15]
Australia finished 5th in the tournament.
Wheelchair rugby at the 2004 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

2008 Beijing

Australia represented by:
MenBryce Alman (2.0), Ryley Batt (3.5), Grant Boxall (2.5), Shane Brand (1.5), Cameron Carr (2.0), Nazim Erdem (0.5), George Hucks (3.0), Steve Porter (2.5), Ryan Scott (0.5), Greg Smith (2.0), Scott Vitale (2.0)
CoachesBrad Dubberley (head coach) Officials – Kim Ellwood (Section Manager), Rob Doidge, Noni Shelton, Angela Mansell[16]

Three of the team made their Paralympic debut and Steve Porter attended his fourth Games. The Steelers won the silver medal losing to the United States 53–44 in the final.[17]
Wheelchair rugby at the 2008 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

2012 London

Team co-captains - Cameron Carr and Ryan Scott - interviewed after winning 2012 Team of the Year at the Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony

Australia represented by:
Men - Nazim Erdem (0.5), Ryan Scott (0.5)(Co-captain), Jason Lees (1.0), Cameron Carr (2.0)(Co-captain), Andrew Harrison (2.0), Greg Smith (2.0), Cody Meakin (2.0), Josh Hose (3.0), Ben Newton (3.0), Ryley Batt (3.5), Chris Bond (3.5)
CoachesBrad Dubberley (head coach); Officials - Paul Kiteley (Section Manager), Chevvy Cooper (Mechanic), Angela Mansell (Personal Care Assistant), Simon Mole (physiotherapist)[18]
Six players made their first Paralympic Games appearance:[19] Australia defeated Canada 66-51 to win their first Paralympics gold medal.
Wheelchair rugby at the 2012 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

2016 Rio

Australia represented by:
MenRyley Batt (3.5), Chris Bond (3.5), Cameron Carr (2.0), Andrew Edmondson (2.0) (d), Nazim Erdem (0.5), Ben Fawcett (0.5) (d), Andrew Harrison (2.0), Josh Hose (3.0), Jason Lees (1.0), Matt Lewis (3.5) (d), Ryan Scott (0.5) (captain), Jayden Warn (3.0)(d)
CoachesBrad Dubberley (head coach); Greg Smith (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Officials - Sam Allan (Team Leader), Nick Sanders (performance analyst), William Roberts (Mechanic), Darren Pickering (Personal Care/Nurse), Scott Curtis (physiotherapist)
[20]
Australia defeated the United States 59-58 in double over time in the gold medal match.[21]
Wheelchair rugby at the 2016 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

2020 Tokyo

Australia represented by:
Men - * Ryley Batt (3.5), Chris Bond (3.5), Ben Fawcett (0.5), Andrew Harrison (2.0), Jake Howe (1.0) (d), Josh Hose (3.0), Jason Lees (1.0), Michael Ozanne (0.5) (d), Richard Voris (1.5) (d), Jayden Warn (3.0) Women - Shae Graham (2.5) (d)
CoachesBrad Dubberley (coach); Greg Smith (assistant coach) ; Officials- Sam Allan (Team Leader), Lewis Quinn (Video Analyst), Alek Saunders (Mechanic), Brooke Cranney (physiotherapist), Emma Hall (Psychologist), David Sculac (Carer)
[22] Team lost to Japan in the Semi-final 42-49.
Wheelchair rugby at the 2020 Summer Paralympics for detailed results.

(d) Paralympic Games debut

World Championships

Performances 1995–2018

1995 Nottwil, Switzerland

Australia represented by:
Men - Wayne Sweeney (0.5), David Jacka (0.5), Andrew Greenaway (1.5), Bruce Stark (1.5), Ian Simpson (2.0), Justin Lunn (2.0), Steve Porter (2.5), Peter Lock (2.5), George Hucks (3.0)

Coaches

1998 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Australia represented by:
Men - Cliff Clarke (0.5), Garry Croker (1.0), Ian Simpson (1.5), Bruce Stark (1.5), Brett Boylan (2.0), Dennis Miller (2.0), Craig Parsons (2.0), Steve Porter (2.5), George Hucks (3.0), Brad Dubberley (3.5)

Coaches - Darryl Wingard (head coach), David Bonavita (assistant coach)

2002 Gothenburg, Sweden, Canada

Australia represented by:
Men - Ryan Scott (0.5), Nazim Erdem (0.5), Garry Croker (1.0), Peter Harding (1.5), Bryce Alman (2.0), Brett Boylan (2.0), Kevin Kersnovske (2.0), Grant Boxall (2.5), Steve Porter (2.5), Patrick Ryan (2.5), George Hucks (3.0), Brad Dubberley (3.5)

Coaches - Terry Vinyard (head coach), Glenn Stephens (assistant coach)

Officials - Kim Ellwood (team manager)

2006 Christchurch New Zealand

Australia represented by:
Men - Ryan Scott (0.5), Nazim Erdem (0.5), Gary Read (0.5), Bryce Alman (2.0), Kevin Kersnovske (2.0), Steve Porter (2.5), Grant Boxall (2.5), Patrick Ryan (2.5) George Hucks (3.0), Brad Dubberley (3.5), Ryley Batt (3.5)

Coaches - Evan Bennett (head coach), Brad Dubberley (assistant coach)

Officials - Kim Ellwood (manager)

Ryley Batt is regarded as one of the leading players in the world.
Ryley Batt is regarded as one of the leading players in the world since 2004

2010 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

MenNazim Erdem (0.5), Ryley Batt (3.5), Josh Hose (3.0), Jason Lees (1.0), Bryce Alman (2.0), Ryan Scott (0.5), Steve Porter (2.5), Cameron Carr 2.0, Andrew Harrison (2.0)
Coaches - Brad Dubberley (head coach), Greg Smith (assistant coach)

Officials - Kim Ellwood (team manager), Angela Mansell (Personal Care Assistant), Chevvy Cooper (Mechanic), Brett Robinson (Soft Tissue Therapist)

2014 Odense , Denmark

Australia represented by:
Men Nazim Erdem (0.5), Ryley Batt (3.5), Josh Hose (3.0), Jason Ellery (2.0), Michael Ozanne (0.5), Jason Lees (1.0), Chris Bond (3.5), Ryan Scott (0.5), Curtis Palmer (2.5), Cameron Carr (2.0), Jayden Warn (3.0)
Coaches - Brad Dubberley (head coach), Greg Smith (assistant coach)

Officials - Siobhan Crawshay (team manager), Elisha Gartner (Personal Care Assistant), Chevvy Cooper (Mechanic), Nick Sanders (performance analyst), Scott Curtis (physiotherapist)

2018 Sydney, Australia

Australia represented by:[24]
Men Ryley Batt (3.5), Chris Bond (3.5), Jayden Warn (3.0), Andrew Edmondson (3.0), Andrew Harrison (2.0), Josh Nicholson (2.0), Jason Lees (1.0), Jake Howe (1.0), Ben Fawcett (0.5), Michael Ozanne (0.5), Ryan Scott (0.5)
Coaches - Brad Dubberley (head coach), Greg Smith (assistant coach)

Officials - Sam Allan - Manager, Victoria Kahn - Physiotherapist, Lewis Quinn - Performance Analyst, Bill Roberts - Mechanic, Scott Curtis - Physiotherapist, David Sculac - Personal Carer, Angela Mansell - Personal Carer, Tim Mannion - Media

2022 Vejle, Denmark

Australia represented by:[25]
Team - 3.5 – Ryley Batt (3.5), Chris Bond (3.5), Shae Graham (2.5*), Ella Sabljak (2.5 *), Andrew Edmondson (2.0), Josh Nicholson (2.0), Richard Voris (1.5), Jake Howe (1.0), Ben Fawcett (0.5), James McQuillan (0.5), Emilie Miller (0.5*), Michael Ozanne (0.5) * female athletes receive a 0.5 classification bonus

Coaches - Brad Dubberley (head coach)

Asia-Oceania Championship

Performances 2003-2023

[26]

International Wheelchair Rugby Cup

Recognition

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c "Wheelchair Rugby". Wheelchair Sports Australia. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  3. ^ Media Guide : London 2012 Paralympic Games (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Steelers down Canada to win gold". ABC Online. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Australia beats Canada to win Wheelchair Rugby World championships". ABC News. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  6. ^ "About". Wheelchair Rugby Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  7. ^ Depauw, K. P., & Gavron, S. J. (2005). Disability sport. (p. 141) Lower Mitcham, South Australia: Human Kinetics Publishers.
  8. ^ "Murderball – a great tale of wheelchair rugby". The Roar. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  9. ^ Depauw, K. P., & Gavron, S. J. (2005). Disability sport. (p. 152) Lower Mitcham, South Australia: Human Kinetics Publishers.
  10. ^ a b c "Wheelchair rugby". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  11. ^ Golden days of Atlanta : Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, August 15–25, 1996. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1996.
  12. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000.
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  15. ^ Media Guide – Athens 2004 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004.[permanent dead link]
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  18. ^ Media Guide - 2012 London Paralympic Games (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Aussie Wheelchair Rugby team announced for London". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  20. ^ Media Guide Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  21. ^ Spits, Scott (19 September 2016). "Rio Paralympics 2016: Australia's Steelers record double overtime victory over United States to win gold medal match". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  22. ^ Media Guide Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (PDF). Sydney: Paralympics Australia. 2021.
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  28. ^ "Japan Sends Australia On Unwanted Detour To Paris 2024". Paralympics Australia. 2 July 2023. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  29. ^ "More Gold For Steelers As Focus Turns To Paris 2024 | Paralympics Australia". www.paralympic.org.au. Retrieved 23 October 2023.
  30. ^ Annual Report 2011-12 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012.[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "Rabbitohs, Fearnley, Fox win top ASPAS". Australian Sports Commission News, 11 February 2015. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  32. ^ "Chalmers claims two AIS awards to complete fairy tale year". Australian Sports Commission website. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
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