International athletes from across the globe have arrived for this weekend’s King Power Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament taking place this weekend at Leicester Arena.
The event brings together Paralympic Gold, Silver and Bronze winning medallists from Australia, Japan, the USA and Great Britain for a sporting event filled with thrills, spills, endless energy and extreme action.
The spring sun shone on the iconic Richard III statue as Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby welcomed captain’s from each competing country; Chris Ryan for Great Britain, Ryley Batt for Australia, Yukinobu Ike for Japan and Chad Cohen and Joe Delagrave for the USA.
Taking place from 9th – 11th March 2018 at the Leicester Arena, the King Power Quad Nations is an international tournament that will feature the world’s best players from the four top nations. As reigning European Champions, Great Britain will be looking to capitalise on home court advantage as they take on the World’s very best – and they need your support.
Left to Right: Yukinobu Ike for Japan, Chris Ryan for Great Britain, Chad Cohen and Joe Delagrave for the USA and Ryley Batt for Australia,
Photo Credit: Stuart Hollis of Osborne Hollis www.osbornehollis.co.uk
One of the only full-contact disability sports, Wheelchair Rugby (originally called Murderball) is played by two teams of four who aim to score by carrying the ball across the opposing team’s try line. Wheelchair Rugby was first recognised as a full medal sport at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia and has since been an integral part of the Paralympic and Invictus Games.
David Pond, Chief Executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, added: ‘GBWR is really excited that we can stage this tournament in Leicester. It’s critical that we play the top teams in the world if we are to be medal contenders at the World Championships in the summer. Leicester has been an important training venue for us and with Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby in the city we are hoping for lots of support for GB.’
The Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament will take place 9th – 11th March 2018 at the Leicester Arena with daytime and evening sessions over 3 days.
Tickets start at just £5 with special offers available for groups and families. Tickets are available from http://www.wrquadnations.com along with a full match schedule.
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