I was fortunate enough to watch Colombia’s only Quad Rugby team practice yesterday. I also interviewed a soldier who through battles with guerrilla group, the FARC, was left quadriplegic and without part of his right leg. This video is coming soon.
Quad Rugby is intense and fast. These guys are not afraid to crash into one another at high speeds and stick their hands down by the metal wheels of their chairs to scrap for the ball.
The US, UK, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, and Brazil faced off in a tournament last month in Rio de Janeiro. The UK took home the trophy, but the guys were eager to inform me that the Brits had 3 former quad rugby Olympians on their team. These teams will face off again in October in Argentina. Having met their match with the more experienced teams, they’re ready to take them on again with a better idea of the competition. This highly motivated team has a great time during practice; laughing, yelling, poking fun at one another. I had a great time myself joking around with the guys after practice. What a friendly group of guys!
Posted By Lindsey Crifasi
Posted Jul 10th, 2009