Lake Placid, NY – July 26, 2017
Wheelchair rugby, originally called murderball and known as quad rugby in the United States, is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is practiced in over 25 countries around the world and is a summer Paralympic sport.
The Can-Am Rugby Tournament added a wheelchair division in 201. The division is made up of Canadian and American players from Montreal, New England, Ottawa, and Western New York.
“The Can-Am Rugby Tournament is proud to provide a venue for competitors of all shapes, sizes and abilities,” said Terry Tubridy, Wheelchair Tournament Coordinator. “Debuting five years ago, the Wheelchair division, or Quad division in Canada, provides competition just as fast-paced and intense as the other divisions.”
Games were originally played at North Country Community College. But after one year at the Saranac Lake Civic Center, games are currently played at the Lake Placid Training Center, located on Old Military Road.
The wheelchair tournament will be played Friday from 4-8pm and Saturday from 9am-7pm, with medal-round contests beginning at 4:30PM. A detailed schedule is available and results will be available as they come in.
The U.S. name is based on the requirement that all wheelchair rugby players need to have disabilities that include at least some loss of function in at least three limbs. Although most have spinal cord injuries, players may also quality through multiple amputations, neurological disorders or other medical conditions. Players are assigned a functional level in points, and each team is limited to fielding a team with a total of eight points.
Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a hardwood court, and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. The rules include elements from wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball, and rugby union.
The sport is governed worldwide by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) and within this country by the U.S. Quad Rugby Association.