Dorset Destroyers Support Local Player at Invictus Games
Posted: Thu, 12 May 2016 14:45
This week Team GB's Wheelchair Rugby Team have been competing in the Invictus Games and local player Ben Steele from Dorset Destroyers was part of the team.
They lost a hard semi-final against Denmark 31-26, but Denmark are growing in strength and were a force to contend with. Consequently, Team GB faced Australia for the Bronze medal and even though their hearts had been broken by not being in the Final Australians were taken apart, losing 47-4. Team GB had won and received Bronze Medals for their hard work, grit and determination.
The sport of Wheelchair Rugby is growing bigger and clubs like The Dorset Destroyers are getting more enquiries because of the Invictus Games. Ex servicemen and women and disabled people are being inspired by what they are seeing and wanting to try the sport out themselves.
Nick Coombs, Chairman explains "Our website has had 10 times the amount of hits than it normally does, and last night it hit 1,305 in a day, which is unbelievable. What with the Paralympics in 100 days or so, it's going to be a fantastic year for the sport. More and more disabled people want to play"
So, what's next for the club?
"We are playing a Friendly at Rossmore Leisure Centre on June 19th in Poole, if you want to see some live action and we are aiming to get into the League at the end of 2016. We are always on the look out for more players, whether you want to play recreationally or play in the league"