Team BC – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Fri, 15 Mar 2019 23:55:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Team BC – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Local man’s passion sport has international acclaim https://www.langaravoice.ca/local-mans-passion-sport-has-international-acclaim/ Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:00:12 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41403 Duncan Campbell never thought messing around with friends in a gym would lead to the creation of a Paralympic sport. ]]>

Reported by Joshua Rey

Duncan Campbell never thought messing around with friends in a gym would lead to the creation of a Paralympic sport.

Campbell, who became a quadriplegic after diving accident, created wheelchair rugby with some friends at a small gym in Winnipeg in 1976. They wanted to play a sport other than wheelchair basketball, so they came up with the idea for wheelchair rugby. The name they originally came up with was ‘murderball’.

“It just started with me and some of my friends who were also quadriplegics,” Campbell said. “At the time, people like us could only play wheelchair basketball. We were in a gym playing it, and we started to fool around and the idea just came about.”

From a Winnipeg gym to the Paralympics

Over the years it has grown into a worldwide sport, and became an official sport at the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

“I never thought wheelchair rugby would be this successful at the time. It has expanded to 40 countries and the wheelchairs are more suitable for the game than before,”

Duncan Campbell, Team BC mentor and recruiter and creator of wheelchair rugby

Campbell, who recruits and mentors players for Team BC, which finished in 6th place at the annual Vancouver Invitational earlier this month at the Richmond Oval, said there was little challenge in creating the sport.

“Some people thought that any wheelchair sport should have an able-body counterpart,” he said. “It was a blockade but it didn’t last long.”

Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a hard floor court in teams of four. Using a volleyball instead of a rugby ball, the wheelchair sport has a lot of physical contact. The forward pass is allowed, unlike in rugby where players can only pass backwards.

Campbell said he is happy to see how much the sport has developed and how the equipment has adapted to better help the players perform.

“I never thought wheelchair rugby would be this successful at the time,” Campbell said. “It has expanded to 40 countries and the wheelchairs are more suitable for the game than before.”

‘An inspiration to everyone’

Nathan Bragg, communications coordinator with the BC Wheelchair Sports Association, said he admires Campbell very much for his constant dedication and support.

“Duncan is an amazing guy,” Bragg said. “Without him, myself and others wouldn’t be where we are today. He is always involved with the sport and community, and gives back.”

Joel Ewert, a wheelchair rugby player for Team BC also has a lot of respect for Campbell, and is grateful he was recruited by him.

“Duncan is an inspiration to everyone,” Ewert said. “He taught us that your little idea could make a big impact on people.”

Campbell hopes the sport will grow even more.

“I hope the game keeps expanding,” he said. “I also hope it continues to bring people with disabilities together.”

 

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Team BC Loses Out at the Wheelchair Rugby Invitationals https://www.langaravoice.ca/team-bc-loses-out-at-the-wheelchair-rugby-invitationals/ Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:11:44 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=32774 After losing all five of its games at the Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Team BC will need to turn things around as it focuses on the upcoming Canadian nationals in May.]]>

Reported by Cameron Thomson

After losing all five of its games at the Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Team BC will need to turn things around as it focuses on the upcoming Canadian nationals in May.

With a final score of 56-36 for the Alberta Roughnecks on Sunday, the British Columbians placed fourth at the tournament hosted by South Vancouver-based BC Wheelchair Sports Association. The event was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval last weekend where eight teams from across North America competed over three days.

BC Wheelchair Sports Association communications coordinator Nathan Bragg said the team were the underdogs of the competition but maintained a high level of effort throughout.

“As the game went on though, [Team] BC did a really good job of staying calm and weathering the storm and just continuing to fight regardless of how things were going to go,” he said.

More chances to win

Ian Chan, head coach for Team BC has a full regimen to prepare his team for nationals, which will take place in Calgary from May 25 to May 27.

“The Canadian nationals are kind of our Stanley Cup for the season,” Chan said. “We have practices, training camps and select tournaments that prepare us to perform.”

After nationals, at least three members from Team BC will be competing at the 2018 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament on June 11 to 18, also held at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Ability depends on mobility

Bragg said wheelchair rugby involves athletes of various levels of ability.

“Wheelchair rugby was created as an alternative to wheelchair basketball for athletes that have impairment in their upper limbs as well as their lower limbs,” Bragg said.

He described how each player is given a certain rating depending on their mobility. These ratings can have a large impact on team makeup and the strategy teams employ, as well as the type of chair they use to compete.

“They get tested on the arms, their trunk, their hands,” Bragg said. “Your lower point players generally will operate like your offensive lineman in football, they’ll be setting picks, they’ll be setting screens and opening up lanes for the higher functioning athletes to go through.”

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