Powerchair football elite battle it out in Brisbane

Did you know that Powerchair Football is one of the fastest growing powerchair sports in the world? And last week, we were lucky enough to have the best of the best battling it out in Brisbane at the IDPwD 2018 APFA National Championships.

Queensland is the first state outside New South Wales to hold this prestigious competition. It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase this great sport to Queensland-based fans, as well as those around the country and the globe, via livestream online and social media channels.

Queensland takes out the National Title!

Seven teams from around Australia competed for this year’s National Title, including two teams from New Zealand. The Queensland Cyclones, Queensland Barbarians, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, NZ Kiwi Green and NZ Kiwi Red gave their all during the week, with the Queensland Cyclones defeating New South Wales, 4-3, in a hotly contested Grand Final, played at Brisbane State High on Saturday, 29 September. Congratulations Queensland on your third title in just three years!

Players set sights on Paralympics

Despite being one of the few sports for athletes in power wheelchairs, Powerchair Football recently missed out on a spot at the 2024 Paralympic Games to be held in Paris. However, the players are confident that as the sport continues to gain popularity, it will eventually get the recognition it deserves.

Keen to play?

As a Gold Sponsor, Power Mobility was thrilled to be able to support such a fabulous event. We can’t recommend this tactical, fast-paced sport enough. The skill of the players is second to none, so if you’re in an electric/power wheelchair or you know someone in a chair who may be interested, we encourage you to contact the Queensland Powerchair Football Association to find out more here.

Fast Facts about Powerchair Football

  • Powerchair Football is one of the fastest growing powerchair sports in the world
  • It’s played on a standard basketball court over two 20 minute halves, using an oversized ball (33cm diameter) which is weighted to limit bounce
  • The sport has had three world cups, most recently in 2017 in Florida USA, where Australia came 4th
  • The Championships have been played since 2011
  • Over 40 competitors participated this year
  • The sport has a classification system to ensure everyone can participate on a level footing, and has players with a wide array of disabilities.

At Power Mobility, we’re kicking goals too!

With more than 40 years experience, our team can provide the right assistive technology solutions to support your lifestyle. So if you’re looking for quality mobility equipment, Power Mobility has an extensive range including Quantum, Pride, Magic Mobility and Ottobock powerchairs, manual wheelchairs, scooters, lift chairs, plus much more. Drop into our huge showroom or call our friendly team on (07) 3265 4663 to find the best solution for you.