Try, play or excel: AFL Wheelchair offers something for all in 2024

AFL Wheelchair is returning to NSW and the ACT in 2024 and is expanding on its 2023 format.
Participants in Bankstown, Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong will all have the opportunity to play in AFL Wheelchair Hubs, which are weekly get togethers to allow people to try AFL Wheelchair and play some fun matches. These will lead to the Club Challenges, which are competitive tournaments played in a day to aid selection and fast track the development of the NSW/ACT Rolling Rams team, which competes at the Toyota Wheelchair AFL National Championships.

AFL Wheelchair players can follow three streams in NSW/ACT:

  • Try – Everyone is invited to try AFL Wheelchair at weekly training Hubs.
  • Play – The new component to AFL Wheelchair in NSW/ACT in 2024 includes regional competitions called Club Challenges.
  • Excel – Standout performers at the Club Challenges will be invited to join the NSW/ACT Rolling Rams AFL Wheelchair squad and compete at the National Championships.

Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT is co-delivering the AFL Wheelchair program alongside AFL NSW/ACT and will provide equipment for anyone willing to have a try. You do not need to be a wheelchair user to play AFL Wheelchair, which is one of the reasons the unisex format is becoming one of the fastest-growing wheelchair sports in Australia.

AFL Wheelchair Hubs and Club Challenges are free for all participants in 2024.

“We are looking forward to the 2024 AFL Wheelchair season across the four NSW and Canberra hubs,” said AFL NSW/ACT Diversity Manager, Simon Wilson. “This is a truly inclusive sport where neither age, gender nor disability prevents someone from getting in a chair and having a go. It is safe, a lot of fun and its rules and skills are relatively easy to pick up.

“I’m sure the Hubs will continue to grow and our Club Challenges will get some competitive juices flowing, ultimately helping the Rolling Rams go one step further than the 2023 Division Two runners-up placing at the National Championships.”

CEO of Wheelchair Sports NSW, Mick Garnett, is looking forward to the Club Challenges lifting the standard across the state. He said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside AFL NSW/ACT to deliver the Club Challenge tournaments for 2024. This is where the future stars of AFL Wheelchair in NSW/ACT will come from, so we can’t wait to see current and new players mix it in this great new format.”

Play AFL Wheelchair 2024
For details and registration to Try, Play or Excel visit the Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT AFL page.

Learn more about AFL Wheelchair here.

This program is co-delivered with Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT