After a successful season for the sirens, who have tirelessly worked to improve their game, the Sirens felt it was a good time to give something back to the rugby community. Being asked by GBWR (Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby) to help out at Wembley on Saturday to collect money on behalf of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, they were more than happy to assist.
Sirens made an early start off to Wembley to raise as much money as possible before the big game; Stanford Sirens used all their powers of persuasion along with other volunteers to collect every penny possible for Wheelchair rugby. After which the volunteers were kindly given seats to watch the game for their efforts by Wembley & GBWR. This was very kindly appreciated. Feeling very proud of themselves, the team continued on for the evening back at their home town celebrating their efforts.
Wheelchair rugby was invented in 1977 by a group of Canadian quadriplegic athletes, who were looking for an alternative to Wheelchair Basketball that would allow players with reduced arm & hand function to participate on equal teams.
To be eligible to play wheelchair rugby, athletes must have some form of disability with a loss of function in both upper & lower limbs. The majority of wheelchair rugby athletes have spinal cord injuries at the level of their cervical vertebrae. Other eligible players have multiple amputations, polio, or neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, some forms of muscular dystrophy, among other medical conditions. (Please see more information about wheelchair rugby on www.gbwr.org.uk ).
Stanford Sirens have achieved great success this season after a true development season last year. They have had some amazing wins, & continue to make their club, each other, & coaching staff all very proud of every member. A true team spirit is firmly embedded within this team who are growing with every game, along with new comers, who are always welcome, no matter what experience at all. If you are interested at all in joining this fun spirited group of ladies to give rugby a try, please contact us via the Stanford Le Hope RFC website; http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/stanfordlehope/ , or alternatively contact Kirsty Moore on 07725 136860.