/ 27 August 2021

The Paralympics: Wheelchair rugby

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Today, a sport worth checking out at the Tokyo Paralympics: wheelchair rugby.

The Steelers are the Aussie team, and they’re in the hunt for a 3rd consecutive Paralympic gold medal. Captained by Ryley Batt (who gave us all the feels when he was told he was to be an Aussie flag-bearer), their campaign hit a speedbump on Wednesday with a 54-53 loss to Denmark that ended their 13-year winning streak. But they are back on track after beating France 50-48 last night. The Steelers will now play an unbeaten Japan today at 3pm (AEST). But to explain wheelchair rugby… It was invented in Canada in 1977 and is a mix of basketball, football and ice hockey. Prone to some big collisions, its nickname is murderball. And it’s played with mixed-gender teams on a basketball court-sized field with a volleyball, which can be carried, dribbled or passed down the court. And it’s so darn exciting to watch…

After Day 2 of the Paralympic Games, Australia is 4th on the medal tally with 6 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze.

Image source: Paralympics

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