Wheelchair Rugby (originally called "Murderball," and known as "Quad Rugby" in some countries) is a team sport for male and female quadriplegics. It is a unique sport created by athletes with a disability that combines some elements of Basketball, Rugby and Ice Hockey. ” (Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association website).
For more on wheelchair rugby in Canada please visit: www.cwsa.ca
“Sledge hockey is the Paralympic version of Ice hockey and, since its debut on the Paralympic program at the 1994 Lillehammer Paralympic Winter Games, it is quickly becoming one of the biggest attractions for spectators at the Paralympic Winter Games. It is fast-paced, highly physical and played by male athletes with a physical disability in the lower part of the body.” (Hockey Canada website).
“Athletes sit strapped into a metal frame that rests on two regular-sized ice-skate blades. The sledge is raised high enough to allow the puck to pass underneath. Athletes use two 75 cm long hockey sticks, with spikes on one end and blades on the other. The spike is used to propel the sledge across the ice, and the slightly curved blade is used to handle the puck. The goaltender may have an additional pick at the base end of his stick and may use an additional stick with a blade or a trapper globe with teeth.” (Hockey Canada Website).
For more on sledge hockey in Canada please visit: www.hockeycanada.ca/sledgehockey
“Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced game played by two teams of 5 players where the object is to toss the ball throw the opposing teams basket. Every team is comprised of five players and seven substitutes. The match consists of four periods of ten minutes. After the first and the third period there is an interval of one minute. There is a 15-minute interval between the second and third period.” (Wheelchair Basketball Canada Website).
For more information on Wheelchair Basketball in Canada please visit: www.wheelchairbasketball.ca
“Wheelchair curling is an adaptation of curling for athletes with a disability. It is actually very similar to “ordinary” or (Able-bodied) curling. The rules are close to the same but do have differences. Wheelchair curling is played with the same rocks and on the same ice as regular curling, though the rocks are delivered from a stationary wheelchair and there is no brushing. Rocks may be delivered by hand while leaning over the side of the wheelchair, or pushed by a delivery stick.” (From the Canadian Curling Association website).
For more on Wheelchair Curling in Canada please visit: www.curling.ca/stzart-curling/wheelchair-curling-instruction
Financial support for this page generously provided by the Canadian Paralympic Committee.