Players excel in tough conditions
Thirty five athletes attended the national tryouts and development camp held over the weekend in Sydney’s sweltering heat.
On Saturday, temperatures rose to the mid-thirties as players endured four fitness tests, including an eight-minute slog around a forty by forty metre grid.
Chairman of Wheelchair Rugby League Australia, Joe Chidiac, who looked on, said, “it is an absolute credit to the players that have worked hard over the weekend, often in trying conditions.”
“Their willingness to learn new skills and give it their all is what has driven this sport,” he said.
The weekend’s camp coincides with tomorrow’s International day for people with a disability.
Wheelchair Rugby League players also gathered with Physical Disability and Intellectual Disability Rugby League players to celebrate the inclusiveness pathway being developed by the NSWRL.
Addressing the audience on the day, Board Member Laurie Lawira said, “we must be proud to be associated with Rugby League as we are all part of this one family.”
“We now need to ensure this great secret is exposed to the mainstream,” he said.
A demonstration game was played of all three forms and the community was asked to participate.
NSW Origin coach, Laurie Daley, looked on as the Wheelchair athletes crashed into each other and decided not to “jump in the chair”.