Inaugural wheelchair classic

By Cobram Courier

Some of Australia’s greatest Paralympians will battle it out in the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Country Classic in Cobram-Barooga on the weekend.

The tournament comes off the back of the success of Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and Australia hosting the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships.

Australia is world number one in wheelchair rugby.

The event is in its first year of competition and, boasting strong participation with 21 players from Victoria, NSW and Queensland, eight Paralympic Australian Steelers will take to the court at Cobram Stadium.

Among those are five-time Paralympian Naz Erdem, three-time Paralympian Bryce Alman, former Australian captain Jason Lees and Steelers legend Andrew Edmondson.

The contest is hosted by Wheelchair Sports NSW in partnership with Cobram-Barooga Business and Tourism.

Wheelchair Sports NSW is responsible for the development, promotion and delivery of wheelchair sport in the NSW region.

The organisation runs a wide range of programs and events for novice members, through to Paralympians.

The program aims to enhance lives for individuals through rehabilitation and integration.

Wheelchair sport provides individuals with a range of benefits from increased physical activity and improved health, to increased self-esteem, confidence, social skills and a sense of camaraderie.

●Competition is on Saturday and Sunday, with matches from 8.30am to 11.30am and 4pm to 6pm Saturday and 8.30am to noon Sunday, with the final at 4pm to 5.30pm Sunday.