City hosts world wheelchair rugby series

City hosts world wheelchair rugby series

Sydneysiders can look forward to three action-packed days of world-class sporting competition in the heart of the city, when St Mary’s Cathedral Square plays host to a major international ‘murderball’ competition.

From 18-20 September, the gold medal-winning Australian Steelers will take on their rivals from the United States and New Zealand in the highly-anticipated Be the Influence Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations series.

A purpose-built court and audience grandstand will be erected alongside busy College Street opposite Hyde Park, with teams set to battle it out over eight exhilarating half-hour games.

The City of Sydney is supporting the competition as part of its ongoing sponsorship of the record-breaking Australian Paralympic Team, which delivered one of its finest performances to date at the Paralympic Games in London last year.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to throw its support behind the Australian Steelers as they played on home turf for the first time in more than 12 months.

“Our Paralympic athletes – and particularly our tough-as-nails wheelchair rugby team – are a source of inspiration for all Australians,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’re delighted to have the chance to once again show our support for these incredible athletes at Australia’s first-ever outdoor wheelchair rugby competition.

“Events like this also go a long way towards achieving the City’s goal of increasing awareness of the contribution and needs of people living with a disability.”

Boasting the number one player in the world, Ryley Batt, the Australian Steelers have assembled an awe-inspiring team of wheelchair rugby superstars, including Chris Bond, Cameron Carr and Ryan Scott.

The tri-nations series will be the first time the Steelers take to the court in Australia since winning the Paralympic gold medal at last year’s London Games, and will see them aim to retake the world number one title, which they lost to the US in Denmark in June.

Wheelchair rugby, which is also known as murderball due to its aggressive, full-contact nature, originated in Canada in 1977 and came to Australia in 1981. It combines elements of basketball, football and ice hockey, and is an intense, physical team sport for athletes with quadriplegia or a disability that affects all four limbs.

To purchase tickets for the Be the Influence Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations series, visit: ticketmaster.com.au/Be-the-Influence-Wheelchair-Rugby-TriNations-tickets/artist/1901226

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email kirvin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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