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USA Wheelchair Rugby

Following a December 1-5 selection camp, USA Wheelchair Rugby announced the 16 athletes who are part of the 2022 National Training Squad. The players were chosen from a group of 32 athletes. The 2022 competition schedule includes Americas Championships January 23-30 in Medellin, Colombia, Canada Cup, and WWR World Championship October 8-17 in Vejle, Denmark. The team will also compete on home soil at Four Nations Wheelchair Rugby Invitational at Lakeshore Foundation March 14-20, 2022.

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Lakeshore is proud to be the home and High Performance Management Organization of USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR).

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Team photo of 12 USA Wheelchair Rugby players sitting between USAWR banners wearing navy uniforms

2022 USA Wheelchair Rugby Training Squad

Sarah Adam (Naperville, IL)
Chuck Aoki (Minneapolis, MN)
Ernie Chun (Phoenix, AZ)
Jake Daily (Belleville, IL)
Liz Dunn (Pittsburgh, PA)
Ray Hennagir (Deptford, NJ)
Montrerius Hucherson (Tallassee, AL)
Joe Jackson (Maricopa, AZ)
Lee Fredette (East Moriches, NY)
Chuck Melton (Richview, IL)
Eric Newby (Bailey, CO)
Josh O’neill (Denver, CO)
Kory Puderbaugh (Boise, ID)
Adam Scaturro (Lakewood, CO)
Mason Symons (Pittsburgh, PA)
Josh Wheeler (Tucson, AZ)

Staff

Joe Delagrave,  Interim Head Coach
Jim Murdock, ATC/Medical Coordinator
Bob Murray, Equipment and Bench Staff
Chuck French, Equipment and Bench Staff
Meg Smith, Sports Psychology Provider
Amy Claire McMurtrie, Dietician
Lexi Coon, Photographer

Wheelchair rugby player reaches for ball

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.

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, age, or sex, 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.  




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