Minister for Disability Services the Hon John Ajaka MLC and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP today encouraged Tamworth residents to get involved in this weekend’s disability rugby league demonstrations.


“I’d like to welcome the 150 rugby league players with a disability from across NSW will converge on Tamworth this weekend and congratulate them for promoting the inclusive programs that rugby league offers to our community,” Mr Ajaka said


“I’ve played rugby league and watched a lot of games in my years, but have never been more inspired than when I have watched disability rugby league,” he said.


“You can see the joy on the participants’’ faces and it’s terrific that the modified forms of the game ensure everyone who wants to play rugby league can.


“Having taken part in a wheelchair rugby league game, I know there is no love lost on the court and that it’s every bit as intense and toughly contested as the regular format of the game,” Mr Ajaka said.


Member for Tamworth and Deputy Chair of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League Kevin Anderson said that this weekend’s disability rugby league carnival caps off a special weekend for Tamworth.


“Whilst most local residents might be vying for tickets to the Country v City match at Scully Park, I’m sure some of the hottest competition will be at the Tamworth Junior League Grounds and Pirates’ Park where there will be demonstrations of wheelchair rugby league, push and power rugby league, physical disability rugby league and intellectual disability rugby league,” Mr Anderson said.


“I’d encourage all local residents to get along, pick a team and show your support. And if you’re brave get on the field and have a go!”


“Rugby league is an inclusive sport and there are modified versions of the game that everyone can participate in,” NRL spokesperson Martin Meredith said.


“This weekend’s Country vs City match in Tamworth is a celebration of rugby league in regional NSW and the inclusion of all the disability varieties of the game highlights that our game is accessible for all,” Mr Meredith said.

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