Wheelchair rugby at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

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.

Wheelchair rugby
at the XI Paralympic Games
Wheelchair rugby pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Wheelchair rugby
VenueThe Dome and Exhibition Complex
Competitors8 teams from 8 nations
1st place, gold medalist(s) United States  United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Australia  Australia
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) New Zealand  New Zealand

Medal summaryEdit

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 Shadowens
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 formatEdit

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 RoundEdit

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 roundEdit

SemifinalsGold 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 5-8Edit

Classification roundFifth 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
    United States
    New Zealand
4.   Canada
5.   Sweden
6.   Great Britain
7.   Germany
8.   Switzerland

External linksEdit


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