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Tigers Wheelchair Rugby to take on the virtual Everest challenge

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Players and coaches from the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby team are set to tackle the Mount Everest Virtual Challenge, seeing the players take on an incredible 40-mile journey - the equivalent of reaching the summit of the highest peak in the world.

The challenge will include 2,286 laps of a wheelchair rugby court and see players and coaches push their chair for almost three hours on average.

It is being held at the Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre on Dunns Lane in Leicester on Friday, September 29, from 11.00am - 6.00pm.

The challenge is being done in support of the CiaO Foundation, long-time supporters of Tigers Wheelchair Rugby, which includes many club members as beneficiaries.

Beneficiaries include Chairman Rob Tarr, who was gifted an adapted everyday chair after hip surgery, Jamie Stead, who was gifted a Rugby Chair to allow him to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics, Vicky Ross, who was gifted a Rugby Chair to allow her to compete in the Invictus Game, and the more equipment to help allow new players to train and compete.

Opportunities to take be a part of Tigers Wheelchair Rugby are available and anybody with a physical disability can take part in training sessions, where you can also find out more about competing for the club in the Paralympic version of Rugby 4s or compete in the more functional discipline of WR5s.

Training is every Friday (11am-2pm) at the DeMonfort University Leicester Queen Elizabeth II Leisure Centre.