After retaining the WR5s championship back in December, attention turns to the sport’s headline with the start of the 2022 Super Series.
Members of the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby squad were back on the training ground, following a positive start in the first weekend of Super Series fixtures.
The sports headline code involves teams of four and saw the squad finish second behind rivals London Storm – the squads only defeat during the weekend.
Training at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre at De Monfort University, head coach Darren Matthews explained that the squad is in a strong position.
“We’ve had the return of our Paralympian’s from international duty and at the same time, been able manage the personal development across the squad. As an inclusive sport, it’s been fantastic to welcome new faces down as well as watch players progress.”
The club continues to play a key role on the international stage, following the news of five Tigers included in the long squad for Team GB this 2022.
A historic gold-medal win, which drew a television audience of over a million, has seen Co-Captain Gavin Walker, Nicholas Cummins, Jack Smith and Jamie Stead awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to wheelchair rugby in the New Year Honours List 2022.
Speaking at the club’s most recent training session, Gavin Walker said: “The sport is in a fantastic place at the moment and it was a bit of a roller coaster following the gold-medal win. But our focus now turns back to the domestic season and after the first weekend of fixtures, we’re definitely aiming to compete at the top.”
Club partner and official wheelchair rugby sponsor Hafele also joined the team for a training session, capturing footage and interviews which will form part of a video series to be launched later in the year. Members of the team spoke about their love of the game, how they got involved as well as support for assisted living solutions.
This weekends’ Super Series will take place at Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent with the action getting underway on Saturday, January 29 from 9.30am.