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USA Wheelchair Rugby participates in International Wheelchair Rugby Federation events & the Paralympics. Their National Governing body is the Lakeshore Foundation, overseen by the US Olympic Committee.

March 7, 2017 USA Wheelchair Rugby: Paralympic Rugby at Its Finest   Photo: USA Wheelchair Rugby 2017 National Training Squad Doug Coil There are number of variations in rugby. Although the standard game is rugby 15s, rugby 10s and rugby 7s are also played. The latter, was played at the Olympics in 2016. There are other variations in the sport, such as, mini rugby, American flag rugby, tag rugby, touch rugby and beach rugby. Even American football is an adaptation of rugby. Wheelchair rugby represents a rugby adaptation for those with certain disabilities. Even variations of wheelchair rugby exist, such…

January 8, 2017 USA Wheelchair Rugby 2017 National Team Training Squad Doug Coil The USA Wheelchair Rugby 2017 National Team Selection Camp was held January 4-8, 2017 at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. Twenty six athletes were invited to compete for the sixteen person squad which will train and compete in events leading up to the 2017 Americas Championship in late summer. The top two teams in the Americas Championship will earn an automatic qualification to the World Championships in 2018. Upon the conclusion of the camp, congratulations is in order for the following sixteen athletes that were selected to…

January 6, 2017 Gumbert & Tucker Return to Coach USA Wheelchair Rugby in 2017 Photo: USA Wheelchair Rugby of James Gumbert Doug Coil This article is based on a USA Wheelchair Rugby article by Jen Remick on January 3, 2017. Lakeshore Foundation, the High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) for USA Wheelchair Rugby has announced that James Gumbert (Cedar Park, TX) will return as the Head Coach for the program in 2017.  Gumbert is in his 11th year as the head coach and will be joined by Sue Tucker (St. Louis, MO) who is returning for her 5th year with the…

December 21, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby 2017 National Team Selection Camp Doug Coil The USA Wheelchair Rugby 2017 National Team Selection Camp will be held January 4-8, 2017 at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. Twenty six athletes have been invited to compete for the sixteen person squad which will train and compete in events leading up to the 2017 Americas Championship in late summer. The top two teams in the Americas Championship will earn an automatic qualification to the World Championships in 2018. At the Paralympics in Rio in September, the USA finished with a Silver Medal. As a result,…

December 5, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby 2017 National Team Selection Camp USA Wheelchair Rugby Release: Mandy Goff, December 5, 2016 Only 11 weeks have passed since the closing of the Rio Paralympic Games and it is already time to begin thinking about the future of the USAWR program. This year will play host to the Americas Championships, a direct qualifyer for the 2018 IWRF World Championships held in Sydney. USAWR is excited to announce that the following athletes have received an invitation to attend the upcoming Selection Camp, 4-8 January, 2017 held at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.  Official Selection…

September 18, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby Edged by Australia in Double Overtime, Earns Silver at Paralympics; Japan Gets Bronze Photo: Team USA/USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil Team USA and Canada renewed their rivalry in the first Wheelchair Rugby semi-final at the Paralympic Games with the USA winning 60-55. The USA are undefeated in the Paralympics and are ranked first in the world. They play second ranked Australia for the Gold Medal, who beat Japan in the other semi-final 63-57. Australia is also undefeated at the Paralympics. Bronze Medal In the Bronze Medal game, Japan took a 17-13 lead over Canada.…

September 17, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby beat Canada & Play For Gold Photo: Team USA/USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil Team USA and Canada renewed their rivalry in the first Wheelchair Rugby semi-final at the Paralympic Games. The USA entered the match undefeated in winning Pool B and ranked first in the world. Canada suffered an overtime loss to Australia in the final pool A game and enter the match ranked fourth in the world. Chuck Aoki scored the first goal of the game and had 33 more, as the USA Wheelchair Rugby team beat Canada 60-55 in the first semi-final…

September 17, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby Edges Japan in Extra Time to Win Pool Photo: Team USA/USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil Team USA and Japan each entered the final pool match undefeated at the Paralympic Games in Rio. The USA was ranked number one in the world while Japan was number three. The USA had wins against France 51-42 and against Sweden 54-44. Japan entered the match with a 50-42 win over Sweden and then beat France 57-52. The U.S. emerged with a 57-56 overtime victory and move on to the semi-finals against Canada , who lost in overtime to…

September 15, 2016 USA Defeats Sweden in Wheelchair Rugby at Paralympics Photo: Team USA/USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil The USA opened the Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby competition yesterday in Rio De Janerio, Brazil. Their pool consists of International Wheelchair Rugby Federation’s 7th ranked France, 6th ranked Sweden and 3rd ranked Japan. After winning the Canada Cup, the USA entered the Paralympics ranked as the number one team in the world. The USA began pool play on September 14th with a 51-42 win against France and followed it up today with a 54-44 win over Sweden. Tomorrow will feature a match against…

September 14, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby Opens With Win Over France at Paralympic Games Photo: Team USA/ USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil The Wheelchair Rugby competition at the 2016 Paralympic Games began today, Wednesday, at Rio De Janerio, Brazil. Team USA was in Pool B along with France, Sweden and Japan. In their first pool match, the U.S. won 51-42. Chuck Aoki scored the first four goals of the match and finished as the USA leading scorer with 16 goals. Both Josh Brewer and Kory Puderbaugh entered the game in the second period and scored 9 and 8 goals respectively. France…

September 11, 2016 Wheelchair Rugby Begins September 14th at the Paralympics in Rio Photo: World Rugby Doug Coil World Rugby published this week an earlier release by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation concerning Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympics in Rio. With the beginning of this event on Wednesday September 14, 2016, I am calling attention to this event, as well as an article that I published a week ago on the USA Wheelchair Rugby team that enters the competition as the number one ranked team by IWRF. International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Release: July 22, 2016 Rio 2016 Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby…

September 6, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby Seeking Gold at Paralympic Games Photo: USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil The Paralympic Games begins tomorrow in Rio. The USA Wheelchair Rugby enter the competition ranked number one in the world in the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation rankings. The USA however, does not begin play until Wednesday September 14th. For the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, both the NBC broadcast schedule and online streaming schedule have been released. The USA schedule of games can be found below. Sep 14- USAvFrance – 12:45pm Sep 15- USAvSweden – 10:30am Sep 16- USAvJapan- 4:00pm Sep 17- 1st Semi-final-…

July 24, 2016 USA Wheelchair Rugby Selects Squad for Rio Paralympics Photo: USA Wheelchair Rugby Doug Coil USA Wheelchair Rugby has selected the 12 athletes that to represent the United States in the Rio Paralympics. The USA team will enter the Rio Paralympics as the number one team in the world. The USA rugby community supports this team and both the USA Rugby Men’s and Women’s Eagles 7s were found at training sessions at the Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, California. Congratulations Athletes Chuck Aoki    Minneapolis, MN Jeff Butler      Austin, TX Josh Brewer   Battle Ground, WA…

July 22, 2016 Wheelchair Rugby Schedule For Rio 2016 Paralympics Doug Coil International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Release The IWRF, in partnership with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee are pleased to announce the final schedule for wheelchair rugby.  After consultation with the Olympic Broadcast Service, the schedule was developed to maximize national broadcaster’s interest in televising our sport.  This is always against the need to ensure that team’s performance is not adversely affected. Richard Allcroft, IWRF Technical Delegate for the Rio 2016 Paralympics said “we have spent several years working towards this point and it’s exciting to think that the sport…