World Para Athletics Championships London 2017

Paralympics Unlocked – Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Tennis

9th September 2016

Wheelchair Rugby

If you like your sport with a bang, then wheelchair rugby is for you. Some people call it Murderball, so you have been warned! This heavy-contact event, where crashing is allowed and encouraged, has been part of the Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000. The wheelchairs that the athletes use to compete with play a big part in the tactics of the game. Specially designed for the competition, the wheelchairs are used to block and hold opponents, so contact is actually really important in the game.

This unique sport combines elements of rugby, basketball and handball. Men and women are able to compete in the same teams and in the same competitions. Most athletes who compete in wheelchair rugby have spinal cord injuries, with full or partial paralysis of the legs and partial paralysis of the arms.

Who to watch

Coral Batey (the only female on the team)@coralb95

Alan Ash@a11ash

Bulbul Hussain@hussain_bulbul

When to watch

Wheelchair rugby coverage starts on Wednesday 14th September. It finishes on Sunday 18th September. Details of Channel 4 coverage can be found here

Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis made its debut at the Barcelona Paralympic Games in 1992. This event is similar to the way tennis is played in the Olympic Games, with a few exceptions. In the Paralympics, players have the two-bounce rule, which means they can bounce the ball twice but must return it to their opponent before the third bounce. The second bounce can be inside or outside the court boundaries.

Matches are the best of three, and comprise men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, quad singles and quad doubles.

Athletes competing in wheelchair tennis will typically have a mobility-related physical impairment. Players whose impairment affects up to two limbs compete in the men’s and women’s ‘open’ competitions. Athletes whose impairment affects three or more limbs compete in the quad division, which is mixed sex.

Who to watch

TeamGB have some of the top wheelchair tennis players in the world, so fingers crossed for a Gold medal.

Jordanne Whiley @jordannejoyce92

Andy Lapthorne@lapstar11

Lucy Shuker@lucy_shuker

When to watch

Wheelchair tennis coverage starts on Wednesday 14th September. It finishes on Sunday 18th September. Details of Channel 4 coverage can be found here

Useful links

For more information about the Team GB athletes

www.paralympics.channel4.com

www.bbc.co.uk/sport

For more information about the games and schedule

www.rio2016.com

www.paralympics.org.uk



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