WHEELCHAIR rugby league fanatics are on a roll to expanding the sport on the Sunshine Coast.

This afternoon Australia's Wheelchair Rugby League All Stars will host an exhibition match against the Sunshine Coast Falcons to encourage others to take up the sport.

Wheelchair Rugby League spokesman Laurie Lawira said the match was about encouraging people to get in the chairs and compete.

"A lot of people don't realise wheelchair rugby league is not just for people who need a wheelchair," he said.

"Anyone can jump in and have a good time, people without a disability can play."

LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Sunshine Coast Falcons colts player Rohan Messer (centre) with Australian wheelchair rugby league players (from left) Mitchell Stone, Yarra Ryan, Laurie Lawira and Ralph Hasna.
LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: Sunshine Coast Falcons colts player Rohan Messer (centre) with Australian wheelchair rugby league players (from left) Mitchell Stone, Yarra Ryan, Laurie Lawira and Ralph Hasna. Brett Wortman

He hoped the match would lead to establishing a wheelchair rugby league presence on the Sunshine Coast in the lead up to world cup events.

"We need more players, we've had a fair bit of interest on the Coast thanks to the wheelchair basketball player pool."

The Caloundra Indoor Stadium will get the wheels rolling with a skills development clinic for new players from 11am today.

"We're giving people who thought they could only ever be rugby league spectators the chance to play the sport," Mr Lawira said. "We will have things like passing drills, catching and things that will show what the sport is about. It's like playing AusTag in a wheelchair, the sport is a modified version of rugby league."

Mr Lawira encouraged families to give it a go.

"It's about social inclusion, people without disabilities can play alongside people with disabilities," he said. As social inclusion week wraps up today the group hoped the match would further encourage diversity in rugby league.

Wheelchair rugby league

Exhibition match and skills development clinic

When: Today.

Time: 11am onwards, match starts at noon.

Where: Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North St.

Contact: Nadine Hoffman: 0429 958 830.



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