Wheelchair rugby at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

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Wheelchair rugby
at the XI Paralympic Games
Wheelchair rugby pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Wheelchair rugby
Venue The Dome and Exhibition Complex
Competitors 8 teams from 8 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) United States  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Australia  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) New Zealand  New Zealand

Wheelchair Rugby at the 2000 Summer Paralympics was officially a mixed sport; however, no women participated. This was the first year that the sport was an official part of the Paralympic program. It had previously been a demonstration sport at the 1996 Paralympics. Eight teams took part in the competition.

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Mixed wheelchair rugby  United States (USA)

William Renje
Clifton Chunn
Wayne Romero
Daniel Guillou
Troy McGuirk
Rick Draney
Dean MacCabe
Stephen Pate
Norman Lyduch
Bryan Kirkland
Ralph Shadowebs
Eddie Crouch

 Australia (AUS)

Bryce Alman
Patrick Ryan
Garry Croker
Steve Porter
Tom Kennedy
Brad Dubberley
Clifford Clarke
Brett Boylan
Peter Harding
Craig Parsons
Nazim Erdem
George Hucks

 New Zealand (NZL)

Paul Leefe
Bill Oughton
Stephen Guthrie
Tony Howe
Timothy Johnson
Geremy Tinker
Justin Muschamp
Sholto Taylor
Gary McMurray
Curtis Palmer
Grant Sharman


Wheelchair rugby players were given a classification based on their upper body function. A committee gave each athlete a 7-level score ranging from 0.5 to 3.5, with lower scores corresponding to more severe disability. During the game, the total score of all players on the court for a team cannot exceed 8 points. However, for each female player on court, their team gets an extra 0.5 points over the 8 point limit.


Eight teams took part in this sport. Each team could have up to 12 athletes, but no more than 11 of the team members could be male. Listed below are the eight teams qualified for the Sydney Paralympics.

Qualified teams
 United States (USA)
 New Zealand (NZL)
 Australia (AUS)
 Canada (CAN)
 Sweden (SWE)
 Great Britain (GBR)
 Switzerland (SUI)
 Germany (GER)


Competition format

The eight teams were divided into two even groups and participated in a single round robin tournament. The top two teams from each group went on to compete for 1st through 4th place, while the last two teams from each group competed for 5th through 8th place.

Preliminary Round

Group A
Rank Team Pld W L PF:PA Pts   USA AUS SWE SUI
1  United States (USA) 3 3 0 125:83 6 x 29:27 54:29 42:27
2  Australia (AUS) 3 2 1 108:97 5 27:29 x 39:36 42:32
3  Sweden (SWE) 3 1 2 109:128 4 29:54 36:39 x 44:35
4  Switzerland (SUI) 3 0 3 94:128 3 27:42 32:42 35:44 x
Group B
Rank Team Pld W L PF:PA Pts   NZL CAN GBR GER
1  New Zealand (NZL) 3 3 0 131:98 6 x 38:31 46:37 47:30
2  Canada (CAN) 3 2 1 104:103 5 31:38 x 38:33 35:32
3  Great Britain (GBR) 3 1 2 111:122 4 37:46 33:38 x 41:38
4  Germany (GER) 3 0 3 100:123 3 30:47 32:35 38:41 x
     Qualified for quarterfinals

Source: Paralympic.org [1]

Medal round

Semifinals Gold medal match
 United States (USA) 40
 Canada (CAN) 35
 United States (USA) 32
 Australia (AUS) 31
 New Zealand (NZL) 39
 Australia (AUS) 40
Bronze medal match
 Canada (CAN) 32
 New Zealand (NZL) 44

IiSource: Paralympic.org [1]

Classification 5-8

Classification round Fifth place
 Sweden (SWE) 39
 Germany (GER) 38
 Sweden (SWE) 40
 Great Britain (GBR) 39
 Great Britain (GBR) 38
 Switzerland (SUI) 34
Seventh place
 Germany (GER) 44
 Switzerland (SUI) 37

Source: Paralympic.org [1]


Place Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  New Zealand
4.  Canada
5.  Sweden
6.  Great Britain
7.  Germany
8.  Switzerland

External links

  • International Wheelchair Rugby Federation


  1. ^ a b c "Sydney 2000 Paralympic Game, Wheelchair rugby". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. 2000. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
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