For the first time, a Wheelchair Rugby League game will be played outside the Sydney Metropolitan area, when the Newcastle Knights take on South Sydney this Saturday at 1:30pm at the Maitland. Basketball Association Courts.
Following the competition game, the whole community is also invited to give the sport a go with a “come and try” event starting at 2:30pm.
Chairman of NSWWRL, Joseph Chidiac said, “It is a fantastic opportunity to bring our game to other areas of the state and engage the Newcastle community,"
“The local NRL club, Newcastle Knights, have been a strong supporter of the competition and we are glad to be able to bring the game to the area so they can see first hand what they are supporting.”
The NSWWRL competition has a growth in participation over the last three years and has captured the attention of the ARLC and various other clubs.
Mr Chidiac said, “The sport gives people with a disability an opportunity to play a form of rugby league and to have our athletes playing in their favourite team colours allows them to really feel part of the Rugby League family.”
Following the competition game, the whole community will also be able to give the sport a go with a “come and try” event.
Mr Chidiac said, “The strength of the sport is that it is inclusive of all people. Anyone can play it. Our player pool comprises of able-bodied athletes, people with disabilities and amputees. We are always trying to get anyone to have a go, because we know they will love it.”
Other NRL clubs supporting the competition are South Sydney, St George Illawarra, Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks, Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs.
When: Saturday 10, November 2012, 1.30pm Kick off, 2.30pm Come and Try Event
Where: Maitland Basketball Association, 10 Bent Street, Maitland, NSW
Who: Newcastle Knights Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs