Wests Tigers support Wheelchair Rugby League Stars
The rain at Saturday’s Ingleburn Alive Festival couldn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd as they joined West Tigers players to play Wheelchair Rugby League. Macarthur Disability Services (MDS) and Wheelchair Rugby League Australia (WRLA) joined to put on an exhibition match of Wheelchair Rugby League to encourage people to step out of their comfort zone and experience this new sport.
Wheelchair Rugby League (WRL) is a non-contact sport that is played by people of any age and any disability. The great feature of the game is that it is played by able-bodied athletes, making it the only inclusive form of competitive sport for people with disability.
Wests Tigers player Benji Marshall and NRL representative Mario Fenech showed support for the sport by handing out flyers while Matt Groat, Jesse Sue and Inno Inosesio jumped in wheelchairs and passed footballs with the children. NSW Wheelchair Rugby League players Brad Grove and Fabian Castillo kept the crowds entertained by running exhibition games and teaching skills to hundreds of children and adults through the day.
Wheelchair Rugby League Australia (WLRA) Director Michael Johnson said “It was great to see so many people witnessing and playing Wheelchair Rugby League. WRLA would like to thank MDS for allowing us their space at the Ingleburn Alive Festival to showcase Wheelchair Rugby League to the Macarthur Community.”
Wheelchair Rugby League Australia aspires to provide the community with recreational activities that contribute to the healthy development of athletes within the sport of Rugby League. The activities of Wheelchair Rugby League Australia will promote fun, fitness, the development of skills, the building of character and self-esteem and the fostering of good sportsmanship in a safe, positive and inclusive environment.
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