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Wheelchair rugby comes to Doncaster

Great Britain's top wheelchair rugby players are coming to Doncaster to take part in the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Nationals this weekend. Many of the players represented the UK at the 2012 London Paralympics. 12 teams will compete in 36 games.

  • Wheelchair rugby is a fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby
  • It was founded in Canada in 1977 and was originally dubbed 'Murderball'
  • Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time.
  • The aim is to thunder across your opponents' goal line with two wheels in contact with the hardwood floor and the ball in your hands.
  • Players in possession have to bounce the ball or pass with within 10 seconds of receiving it

Spectators are welcome to watch the championships at the Doncaster Dome and entry to the event is free of charge.

This will be an opportunity for the people of Doncaster to see the sports stars of the future. It's at events such as this, where the games are fast and furious, that we talent spot the players that might represent the UK at future world events. Thanks to generous funding support from UK Sport and Sport England we have a massive opportunity to build on our successes and bring home a medal at Rio 2016."

– David Pond, CEO Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby


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Jessica Ennis' javelin goes on sale

A pink javelin signed by Jessica Ennis, a large London2012 Royal Mail stamp autographed by Mo Farah and a Mary Poppins costume from the Olympic opening ceremony are going under the hammer today at an auction in Coventry.

Some more unusual items are also being sold Credit: ITV News Central

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe described it as a chance for people "to own a unique piece of the Games".


Athletes reception

Athletes from our region who took part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer will be attending a special reception at Buckingham Palace later.

They have been invited by The Queen to recognise their achievements and will join other members of Team GB.

Hannah's hometown honour

Paralympic double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft became a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale at a ceremony in her home town of Halifax. Hundreds of people packed out the Piece Hall and gave a rapturous welcome to Calderdale's golden girl.

It was Hannah's second civic reception of the day - crowds had also gathered in Leeds earlier to pay tribute to the 20 year old's incredible achievement.

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