2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby Championship recap

The 2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Championship tournament took place at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center in sunny Phoenix, AZ, April 19-21. 16 teams from around the country came together for the chance at the Division I and Division II championships.

The teams who would eventually make it to the Division I & II championship matches generally dominated pool play throughout the first two days. However, the most intriguing match during pool play was in Division I, the #1 University of Arizona Wildcats vs. #3 360 Heat. The highly anticipated meeting between these two teams did not disappoint, with the Wildcats winning by two points in overtime, 56-54.

The other contest of note during pool play was a 46-41 upset by the #4 Texas Stampede over #2 Minnesota.

The Division I semifinals saw the Ability360 Heat vs. the Texas Stampede, as well as the University of Arizona vs. Minnesota. Both Ability360 and the U of A emerged victorious and set up a rematch…this time for the Division I title.

Tony Jackson from ParaSportsLive and USQRA Commisioner, Dave Mengyn providing commentary for the championship matches

On the Division II side of the tournament, the Grand Rapids Thunder and Northridge Knights were on a collision course to the championship match. Both teams left no doubt who belonged in the title match, as they dispatched every other opponent they faced along the way.


In the Division II championship, both teams played close early in the match. However, Lars Mertens of Grand Rapids put on a dominant defensive show and was the biggest difference in the match. He forced numerous turnovers, which led to points for the Thunder. In the end, Grand Rapids was too much for Northridge and won 58-52.

2018 USQRA Division II Champions, Grand Rapids Thunder
2018 USQRA Division II Champions, Grand Rapids Thunder

The energy surrounding the Division I championship was palpable. The Ability360 Heat were keen to avenge their Day 2 loss and defend their national title against the University of Arizona.


The match remained close throughout the first quarter, but a couple costly mental mistakes near the end of the first allowed the Wildcats to take command of the match.

Division I Championship match, U of A vs Ability360

Throughout the rest of the match, the Wildcats remained firmly in control and dominated the Heat. With a final score of 55-44, the University of Arizona Wildcats were named the 2018 USQRA Division I Champions.

2018 USQRA Division I Champions, University of Arizona Wildcats

Congratulations once again to the winners! It was a pleasure to provide commentary for the championship matches and we look forward to returning to the tournament next year in Rockford, IL!

On the Road to Phoenix!

2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Tournament
We are heading to Phoenix this weekend! The US Quad Rugby Association Wheelchair Rugby National Tournament is taking place at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center. If you’re in the area, come by to see the top teams from around the country. If you can’t make it, you can get more info on the tournament page.

Our first webcast was a success!

Our very first webcast, the 2017 Kennebunk Savings Rugby Rampage, was a success! Although Day 1 had a few bumps along the way, our crew pulled together and smoothed out the ride on Day 2. A big thank you goes out to everyone who tuned in online. We hope you enjoyed watching the event as much as we did bringing it to you. We even had people watching overseas!

Picture from first ParaSportsLive webcast

The tournament was fantastic, as the sound of colliding rugby chairs filled the venue Saturday and Sunday. Congratulations to Montréal Quad Rugby for winning the competition! For a full recap of the weekend, check out the story by our friends at Athletes Roll.


Overall, the weekend was a thrilling ride for all of us and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Many thanks to Northeast Passage for giving us our first gig. We are grateful for their faith in us to produce a quality webcast. We would also like to, once again, thank all our crowdfunding supporters. Without your belief in ParaSportsLive, none of this would have been possible. THANK YOU!

ParaSportsLive at 2017 Rugby Rampage

Although our first event is in the books, our mission to change the game on adaptive sports has only begun. We can’t wait to get back out there and bring more adaptive sports to people around the world. See you again soon!

The very first ParaSportsLive webcast crew

First event is this weekend!

ParaSportsLive has been planning for months and our first event is finally here! This weekend we are live streaming the Kennebunk Savings Rugby Rampage! Check out our coverage starting at 9 am ET on Saturday. We are streaming games all day and our coverage continues Sunday with Day 2! Before we launch, we want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. Without you, our mission to change the game on adaptive sports is just an idea. This weekend, because you you, that idea becomes a reality.

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Click here to watch the Kennebunk Savings Rugby Rampage, Day 1

The Kennebunk Savings Rugby Rampage is coming!

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The Kennebunk Savings Rugby Rampage, returns October 21-22, 2017! Teams from around the region will descend upon the Hamel Recreation Center and ParaSportsLive will be there to bring you the action! Follow us on social media, or visit us here for updates and the live stream link as the date approaches. We look forward to bringing you all the high-impact action with our first event in just a couple weeks!

We signed our first contract!

ParaSportsLive is proud to announce that we signed out first contract today! We will be live streaming the Rugby Rampage in Durham, NH on Sunday, October 22. This is only the first of many adaptive sports events that we will cover. A lot of work went into getting this company started, but this is only the beginning. The real work begins today. We thank everyone who has supported our effort to change the game on adaptive sports. We are excited for the future!The first contract for ParaSportsLive!