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USA Wheelchair Rugby

Team photo of 12 USA Wheelchair Rugby players and 9 staff wearing red and blue polo shirts

Following a gold medal winning performance at Tri Nations Wheelchair Rugby Invitational July 20-23, USA Wheelchair Rugby announced the 12 athletes who will compete in the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship, October 10-16 in Vejle, Denmark. This team marks the first time that two women will compete on Team USA for a world championship. The United States will compete against Great Britain, France, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland in Group A of pool play. Australia, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Brazil and Colombia will compete in Group B. Team USA will continue its monthly training camps at Lakeshore in preparation for the championship.

For more information on USA Wheelchair Rugby, visit Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lakeshore is proud to be the home and High Performance Management Organization of USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR).

2022 USA Wheelchair Rugby World Championship Team

Sarah Adam (3.0), Naperville, IL
Chuck Aoki, Co-Captain (3.0),  Minneapolis, MN
Jake Daily (2.5) Belleville, IL
Liz Dunn (0.5) Pittsburgh, PA
Lee Fredette (1.0) East Moriches, NY
Joe Jackson (1.0) Maricopa, AZ
Chuck Melton, Co-Captain (2.0) Richview, IL
Eric Newby (2.0) Nashville, IL
Josh O’Neill (1.5) Denver, CO
Kory Puderbaugh (3.0) Boise, ID
Adam Scaturro (1.5) Lakewood, CO
Josh Wheeler (2.5) Tucson, AZ


Joe Delagrave,  Interim Head Coach
Mike Klonowski, Interim Assistant Coach
Meme Earnest-Stanley, ATC
Chuck French, Equipment and Bench Staff
Callie Martin, Support Staff
Amy Claire McMurtrie, Dietician
Jim Murdock, ATC/Medical Coordinator
Heather Rennerfeldt, Support Staff
Meg Smith, Sports Psychology Provider


Wheelchair rugby player reaches for ball

As the home of USA Wheelchair Rugby, membership is open to all applicable groups including: amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators or officials.

What is Wheelchair Rugby?

Wheelchair Rugby is a sport with roots grounded in wheelchair basketball and ice hockey and was developed by three Canadians from Winnipeg, Manitoba as an opportunity for athletes with quadriplegia to compete. The sport was originally called Murderball due to the aggressive nature of the game. It was introduced to the United States in 1979 at a demonstration at Southwest Minnesota State University. In 1981, Brad Mikkelsen, with the aid of the University of North Dakota’s Disabled Student Services, formed the first team, the Wallbangers, and changed the game’s name from Murderball to quad rugby. Today it is called wheelchair rugby.

In 1988, the United States Quad Rugby Association, now the United States Wheelchair Rugby Association (USWRA), was formed to help regulate and promote the sport on both a national and international level. There are now more than 40 organized teams in the United States with many others in the developmental stage. In addition to the teams in the U.S., there are at least 29 international teams with 20 more in the development stage. Wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world.

Forms and Documents

USA Wheelchair Rugby is committed to providing an equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in amateur athletic competition, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or national origin and with fair notice and opportunity for a hearing before declaring any such individual ineligible to participate.

Lee Fredette has submitted a declaration of candidacy to serve on the Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) during the 2021-2024 term.