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    Wheelchair Rugby match

    in the lead-up to the Paralympics there are teams in Great Britian right now doing some venue trials. Check out two juggernauts going head to head for the first time ever - Zak Madell and Team Canada vs Riley Batt and Team Australia. Both these kids are absolute beasts and have changed the face of the game.

    April 18, 2012, 5pm Eastern Time, 8pm Pacific at http://paralympics.channel4.com/

    If you're not a fan of rugby you will be.

    #2
    Hey Tooley,

    Are you coming out to Vancouver in June?

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      #3
      I'm not aware of anything yet, but maybe just to see you. I'll bring my handcycle.

      edit: Ohhh, Canada Cup. That looks like something to plan for.
      Last edited by tooley; 17 Apr 2012, 9:18 PM. Reason: no one tells me anything, thanks! ;)

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        #4
        the one and only time I've had to play against Zak.


        ...and he didn't even through his hips into that one.

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          #5
          I'd play the sport if I wasn't a para, and didn't have full rods in my spine. Some of those hits look like they could jar a rod or two.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ0zC...eature=related

          Gimme a shout if you're headed to the Cup!

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            #6
            Hi Kiran,

            I'll be in Vancouver again at the Canada Cup in June. Maybe we'll see more of each other this time.

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              #7

              ..sneak-peak (ala bump)

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                #8
                WTF? Bastard canadian... oh well proxy time

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by KiranA View Post
                  I'd play the sport if I wasn't a para, and didn't have full rods in my spine. Some of those hits look like they could jar a rod or two.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ0zC...eature=related

                  Gimme a shout if you're headed to the Cup!
                  I get the rods part, but not the para. Is wheelchair rugby limited to quads? I want to start, there is a YMCA right across from work that has pickup games every saturday. They going to throw me out because I can juggle?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                    I get the rods part, but not the para. Is wheelchair rugby limited to quads? I want to start, there is a YMCA right across from work that has pickup games every saturday. They going to throw me out because I can juggle?
                    For competition, yes, you have to have some deficiency of hand function. Hence the name Quad Rugby (though more commonly referred to as wheelchair rugby these days). But for scrimages or pickup games, they might let paras play.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                      I get the rods part, but not the para. Is wheelchair rugby limited to quads? I want to start, there is a YMCA right across from work that has pickup games every saturday. They going to throw me out because I can juggle?
                      well, it's kind of like an AB asking about wanting to play wc basketball - they going to throw me out because I can dunk?

                      maybe not the perfect analogy, but you get the drift.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by chick View Post
                        well, it's kind of like an AB asking about wanting to play wc basketball - they going to throw me out because I can dunk?

                        maybe not the perfect analogy, but you get the drift.
                        I guess, I have never played or watched a game. I probably will get it once I do. Thanks.

                        @scorp - yeah when I was there getting a membership (they have cool adaptive workout equipment, a separate locker room with a chair friendly changing table, very nice place), they seemed excited to get me there on a saturday to play, but it was some AB guy at the desk and maybe he was just assuming all people in wheelchairs are the same

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by t8burst View Post
                          @scorp - yeah when I was there getting a membership (they have cool adaptive workout equipment, a separate locker room with a chair friendly changing table, very nice place), they seemed excited to get me there on a saturday to play, but it was some AB guy at the desk and maybe he was just assuming all people in wheelchairs are the same
                          Maybe so, but I do know rugby teams often practice/scrimage with ABs too, so they'll probably welcome you... though you might not want to lead with the juggling thing.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Scorpion View Post
                            Maybe so, but I do know rugby teams often practice/scrimage with ABs too, so they'll probably welcome you... though you might not want to lead with the juggling thing.
                            It is actually really, really hard. I used to juggle as an AB (for a while in a startup I was working at all the geeks were doing it) and was pretty good. Thing is as a T8 I have pretty much no ab muscles and balance is a bit of an issue, so now the challenge is not to juggle but to juggle and not fall over. I do it to train my core sitting on the edge of the bed but every once in a while I end up on the floor... and get to practice my floor to chair skills.

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                              #15
                              BOLLOCKS! Sorry everybody, the person who forwarded me that link obviously didn't try it out ahead of time because none of the videos are loading.

                              Originally posted by Scorpion View Post
                              For competition, yes, you have to have some deficiency of hand function. Hence the name Quad Rugby (though more commonly referred to as wheelchair rugby these days). But for scrimages or pickup games, they might let paras play.
                              Definitely. Tate - don't let the juggling stop you from going out to have fun, it's a great way to get your yaya's out. Before I started I was wound up so tight I was ready to burst. You won't be able to be classified for competition but if they have a chair for you to use get in there. Keep in mind it is a game invented for folks with limited hand function so please vacate that chair for someone who needs it more than you. After all, quads really don't have any other team sports. (yet)

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