Aussies set to take on World in Wheelchair Rugby

This August, GIO’s own Ryley Batt will be leading Australia’s defence of their world title at the GIO Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney.

GIO’s own Ryley Batt OAM is hoping to make it four international titles in a row when he represents the Aussie Steelers at the 2018 GIO Wheelchair Rugby World Championship next month.

From 5 to 10 August, Australia will be defending their Olympic and World titles taking on the likes of USA, Japan and Great Britain at Sydney Olympic Park.

When asked about what it means to be competing at the World Championships, Ryley said, “The dream for any athlete is to compete at the highest level; for us that’s the Paralympics and World Championship.

“Not many athletes get to experience those events; even fewer get to do it on home soil. It’s really special.”

GIO has a long-standing relationship with wheelchair sports, particularly in NSW, where our naming rights partnership of the GIO Oz Day 10k is about to reach ten years. We are also naming rights partners of the NSW Gladiators wheelchair rugby team and the National Wheelchair Rugby Championships.

Two years ago, GIO’s support of wheelchair rugby and our commitment to Disability Sports Australia was instrumental in securing a Sydney-hosted Wheelchair Rugby World Championships.


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