Top 5 tips to get started in wheelchair rugby from sport legend Batt

Ryley Batt, who recently powered Australia to a gold medal at the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship, says wheelchair rugby is a “fast, fierce and fun” sport and encourages people to enjoy every moment of it 19 Oct 2022
A male wheelchair rugby player wearing a yellow jersey holds onto a ball, while another athlete wearing a blue jersey tries to grab it
Ryley Batt has competed at five Paralympic Games starting at Athens 2004.
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Ryley Batt needs no introduction in the world of wheelchair rugby. He is arguably the biggest name in the sport, helping Australia claim back-to-back Paralympic gold medals.

Most recently, Batt powered the team to victory at the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Vejle, Denmark, where he was also named tournament MVP and top scorer.

After making his Paralympic debut in 2004, Batt led the Australia Steelers to their maiden gold medal at London 2012 by scoring 37 tries in the final against Canada. He played a key role on the team again when they defended their crown at Rio 2016 and made history with their first-ever world title in 2014. 

“Fast, fierce and fun” are the three words that Batt uses to describe the sport, and for the fans watching him play, it is easy to see why.

“The biggest attractions to wheelchair rugby would have to be the noises. The chairs hit, everybody loves it. It puts everyone on the edge of their seat,” Batt said.

“A lot of the games are really close and it’s a very strategic game where every point matters and it’s amazing to see what these athletes can do with their bodies and with their function levels."

Did you fall in love with the speed and power of wheelchair rugby after watching the 2022 World Championship? Don't sit on the sidelines and take Batt's advice on how to get started in the sport.

1. Join a club or a community

2. Rock up and just have fun!

3. Make a goal and see where you’re at

4. Enjoy your friends and the comradery of sport

5. Keep fit, keep active


“All of those points are very useful because sport brings so much to people in life. Yes, it’s a part of fitness. It’s not only physically good for you, but also mentally good for you,” Batt said.

“Joining a community, making friends, travelling, that’s what it’s all about. So make sure you get out there, have some fun, join a team. It doesn’t have to be competitive – just have fun.”