Show Us You Can Play! - Wheelchair Rugby

About a year after being injured in a motorbike accident, Jason Lees headed to his first Wheelchair Rugby game - and hasn't looked back since.

Jason Lees on the court in action playing wheelchair rugby

Show Us You Can Play!

Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories with inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.

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Show Us You Can Play! is a series of uplifting stories featuring inspirational people who are living proof that participating in sport and recreation is a right for all Victorians.

Wheelchair rugby is the most exciting sport on wheels! 

“It is fast paced, tactical and very diverse. Men and women play together, with players from 13 years old right up until their fifties, so there’s no real limits to when you can start or finish playing.”

Jason Lees is renowned for his on-court intimidation of some of the world’s most fearless athletes, he is a two-time Paralympic gold medallist, off-road hand-cyclist and heavy metal fan.

Lees was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games who then won gold again in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games defeating USA in a double-overtime thriller.

After getting involved in the year 2000, Jason rediscovered “that playing a team sport is something I have always loved to do’ and wheelchair rugby was ‘a perfect sport to get back in a team environment.”

“Probably the biggest thing I have noticed is when I started playing just having that social outlet meeting other people who have gone through a similar situation to me has really helped me get back involved in the community.”

“Wheelchair rugby has taken me all around the world meeting new people, playing in tournaments and venues in Europe and America. The opportunities are endless!”

Since being added to the Paralympic Games in 2000, wheelchair rugby’s popularity has taken off worldwide.

The game is played on a hardwood basketball court over four quarters that run for eight minutes apiece. Two teams battle it out using their specially designed wheelchairs to crash, block, and trap their opponents, in an attempt to stop them from scoring a try.

A try is achieved when a player crosses the opposition’s goal line with possession of the ball.

In Melbourne, the community is strongly supported by established rugby entities in the VRU, Box Hill RUFC, Harlequin Rugby Melbourne, Power House Rugby Union and the Melbourne Rugby Club.

“If it’s something that you want to take seriously you can take the sport all the way to the Paralympic Games. “For anyone who wants to get involved with wheelchair rugby, we’ll get you in a rugby chair and show you how it’s done.”

We want to hear your story!

DSR extends an open invitation to all Victorians with a disability, their friends and families, to submit short videos showing how they have been able to keep active at home or in their area in recent times. 

Once submissions close, an independent panel will choose the three (3) most unique and innovative stories that showcase how people with disability have been active or those who demonstrated how the beauty and attractions of Victoria can encourage physical activity and overall wellness. 

The chosen applicants will work with DSR to tell their stories through professional videos that will be featured on Victoria Together.    

All the videos we receive will also be hosted on DSR TV, and become part of a wider showcase that highlights the different ways people with disability can get active.

Come on, Show Us You Can Play!

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