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Our Sports People

We love sports, we enjoy the benefit and enjoyment that comes with striving for a goal through physical activity.

Whether you play for fun, fitness or if you just love to compete, we like athletes that love their sport and enjoy promoting it to others - we think these people below are the real deal. If you think this is for you, we can offer partial or full sports chair sponsorship, contact Mike or Phil.


CHUCK AOKI
Wheelchair Rugby


Chuck is a student in Minneapolis USA. He started playing wheelchair rugby in 2007 and has progressed through the sport becoming a member of the 2012 US Paralympic team. Chuck - a 3 point player - is in the USA National Team for 2014 and is looking towards the Rio Paralympics.

RYLEY BATT
Wheelchair Rugby


Ryley didn't start using a wheelchair until he was 11. By 12 he was in the N.S.W Wheelchair Rugby Team, and by 13 in the Australian National Team. Ryley has competed in all the Paralympics since Athens in 2004, and at the latest Paralympics in 2012 Ryley helped the Australian team to win gold. Ryley has also played in the US National League teams events.

DANIELA DE TORO
Wheelchair Tennis


Daniela began playing tennis at 8, since then she has won over 60 titles around the world. Daniela has represented her country at the last 5 Paralympics and in many World Team Cup events throughout her long and impressive career. Playing right handed with a good net game and a strong will to win has provided Daniela with spectacular matchplay.

CHUCK GILL
Wheelchair Basketball


Chuck Gill became paralized from spinal meningitis in his senior year of high school. He started playing wheelchair basketball as a member of the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program but soon discovered the top level of the game after moving to the Road Warriors. Chuck was a member of the men’s US national team from 1993-2003, which included winning three gold medals in World Championship competitions and two bronze medals in the Paralympic Games. He was an assistant coach for Team USA’s Paralympic men’s national team from 2010-2012, winning the bronze medal in 2012 in the London Paralympic Games.

TREVOR HIRSHFIELD
Wheelchair Rugby


Trevor “T-Bone” Hirschfield is the captain of the Canadia national team and is considered one of the best low-pointers in the game of wheelchair rugby. He has earned numerous All Star nominations, including being named to the All Star team at the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Trevor was recently named Sport BC’s Athlete with a Disability of the Year. The 31-year-old from Richmond, B.C. is a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident when he was 16.

SCOTT HOGSETT
Wheelchair Rugby


Scott Hogsett began playing wheelchair rugby in 1996 after moving to Phoenix, AZ to attend Arizona State University. There he majored in recreational therapy, completing his bachelor's degree in 2000. After graduating, Hogsett became a professional Quad Rugby player. Currently, he plays for the Texas Stampede Wheelchair Rugby Team and helped lead the team to the U.S. Quad Rugby Association Division I National Championship in 2008. When he's not playing rugby, he works as a peer-mentor and motivational speaker for The Hartford. In the past, he filled the roles of both player and coach for the Phoenix Heat who finished 36-1 in 2006 on their way to a national championship. Hogsett was featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary "Murderball".


MANDIP SEHMI
Wheelchair Rugby


Mandip Sehmi (born 13 December 1980) is a British wheelchair rugby player. He got a spinal cord injury when he broke his neck in a car crash in the summer of 2000. He spent a year recovering at the Stoke Mandeville hospital. At the hospital, he met Bob O’Shea of the Great Britain national wheelchair rugby team, whose wife was a nurse at the hospital. He asked Sehmi to come train wheelchair rugby in a location near the hospital. He was part of the Great Britain national wheelchair rugby team that came in 4th place at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China. He has two gold medals from the IWRF European Championship (2005 and 2007).


NAZIM ERDEM
Wheelchair Rugby


Nazim Erdem was born on 1 August 1970 in the Turkish city of Kayseri and later immigrated to Australia with his family. He became a quadriplegic at the age of 20 after diving off a pier into shallow water in an effort to impress some watching girls. As a youngster, he practiced holding his breath and could hold it for up to three minutes. His ability to hold his breath for a long period of time saved his life as he was under water for two-and-a-half minutes before he was rescued. He played Australian rules football and was an amateur boxer before the accident. He lives in the Melbourne suburb of Roxburgh Park, has a diploma in computer programming, and works as a peer support coordinator for AQA, a Victorian disability support organisation. (Wikipedia)

NICK SPRINGER
Wheelchair Rugby


After contracting meningococcal meningitis as a 14-year-old in 1999, Nicholas Springer awoke to find that both his arms at mid-forearm and legs from the knees, down had been amputated. Having previously played ice hockey, he heard about sled hockey and decided to try it. Springer excelled at sled hockey and continued to play the sport until 2002. That year, he moved to wheelchair rugby and within three years, he was on the U.S. wheelchair rugby team. "Sports got me out of the hospital, it more or less saved my life, I love winning but the ultimate achievement is I'm playing a sport and helping people adjust to a disability, that's the best feeling in the world."


SHOLTO TAYLOR
Wheelchair Rugby


Sholto Taylor (born 1 September 1972), is a New Zealand wheelchair rugby player, and a member of the national team, the Wheel Blacks. He has competed with the Wheel Blacks in many international events, including the 1996 Paralympics, the 2000 Paralympics (winning bronze), the 2004 Paralympics (gold), and the 2006 World Championships (silver). Taylor was the flagbearer of New Zealand's delegation at the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Paralympics. At 41 he found himself captain of the Wheel Blacks at the Canada Cup and is following it up at the 2014 IWRF World Championships. Sholto is aiming towards captaining the wheel blacks in the Rio 2016 Paralympic games.


RONALD VERHAEGEN
Wheelchair Rugby


Ronald (Ronny) Verhaegen (48), landed badly in a motocross accident almost 30 years ago, suffering a collapsed vertebra. He has the greatest life experience of all the wheelchair rugby players in Belgium and is captain of their national team. "The only team in Belgium is based in Ghent so we mostly play with teams in the Netherlands and Germany." Ronald said, "Belgium has only 17 players".


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