Wheel Blacks

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New Zealand New Zealand NZL
IWRF Ranking9th
IWRF ZoneIWRF Asia-Oceania
National FederationNew Zealand Wheelchair Rugby Association
CoachNew Zealand Peter Martin
Paralympic Games
MedalsGold medal.svg Gold: 2004
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 1996 2000
World Championships
MedalsSilver medal.svg Silver: 1998, 2006
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 1995
IWRF Asia-Oceania Championship
MedalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold: 2005
Silver medal.svg Silver: 2001, 2003, 2009
Bronze medal.svg Bronze: 2007
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The Wheel Blacks are the national wheelchair rugby team of New Zealand. The team won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.[1] The 2006 Wheel Blacks were captained by Tim Johnson and coached by Grant Sharman.[2] The Wheel Blacks name is one of many national team nicknames related to the All Blacks.

Johnson captained the Wheel Blacks at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, although the team finished third in their group, salvaging fifth overall in the consolation matches.[3]

2013 Tri-Nations[edit]

2013 Tri-Nations team

The Wheel Blacks placed third in the 2013 Be the Influence Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations tournament.[4]

The announced team consisted of:[5]

Player Classification
Cameron Leslie 3
Phil Spring 1
Adam Wakeford 1
Sholto Taylor 2
Rob Hewitt 2
Chris Lay 1.5
Gavin Rolton 0.5
Clayton Utia 2
Dan Buckingham 3
Barney Konerferisi 3.5
Staff member Role
Peter Martin Coach
Cherie Porter Manager
Cathy Tinker Staff
Greg Mitchell Staff
Nicola Cooke Staff


  1. ^ "Paralympians aim for Medals in Beijing", NZ Live, July 16, 2008
  2. ^ Interview with Grant Sharman by Brent Ward, rugbyfoundation.com, October 24, 2007
  3. ^ "New Zealand to send a 30-strong team to Beijing Paralympic Games", Xinhua, May 7, 2008
  4. ^ "USA crowned Tri-Nations champions".
  5. ^ "Tri-Nations 2013 Team". Wheel Blacks.

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