Wheelchair rugby at the 1996 Summer Paralympics

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Wheelchair rugby
at the X Paralympic Games
Wheelchair rugby pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Wheelchair rugby
1st, gold medalist(s) United States  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Canada  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) New Zealand  New Zealand

Wheelchair rugby at the 1996 Summer Paralympics consisted of a mixed team event. Wheelchair rugby was being contested as a demonstration sport, and not an official part of the Paralympic program, but medals were awarded and stayed on medal table. Six teams took part in the sport; Sweden and Australia were eliminated after the preliminary round.

Medal summary[edit]

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

William Renje
Clifton Chunn
Bradley Updegrove
David Ceruti
Joseph Soares
David Gould
Charles Crouch

 Canada (CAN)

Kirby Kranabetter
Raymond Lizotte
Daryl Stubel
David Tweed
Brian McPhate
Dany Belanger
Allan Semeniuk
Garett Hickling

 New Zealand (NZL)

Paul Leefe
Stephen Guthrie
Geremy Tinker
Robert Dickie
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.


Six 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 six teams qualified for the Atlanta Paralympics.

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


Competition format[edit]

The six teams participated in a single round robin tournament. The top four teams went on to compete for 1st through 4th place, while the last two teams are eliminated.

Preliminary Round[edit]

Round robin
1  United States (USA) 5 5 0 213:120 10 x 48:34 47:26 50:26 37:16 31:18
2  New Zealand (NZL) 5 4 1 205:185 9 34:48 x 45:42 42:30 45:42 39:23
3  Canada (CAN) 5 3 2 171:167 8 26:47 42:45 x 34:29 30:22 39:24
4  Great Britain (GBR) 5 2 3 160:199 7 26:50 30:42 29:34 x 41:40 34:33
5  Sweden (SWE) 5 1 4 149:178 6 16:37 42:45 22:30 40:41 x 29:25
6  Australia (AUS) 5 0 5 123:172 5 18:31 23:39 24:39 33:34 25:29 x
     Qualified for quarterfinals

Source: Paralympic.org [1]

Medal round[edit]

Semifinals Gold medal match
   United States   38  
   Great Britain   25  
       United States   37
     Canada   30
Bronze medal match
   New Zealand   38    Great Britain   34
   Canada   39      New Zealand  46

Source: Paralympic.org [1]


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


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Game, Wheelchair rugby". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. 1996. Retrieved 2012-10-28.