Rugby Club Issue 73 - Page 44

Gravesend Dynamite FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby Club Gravesend Dynamite Wheelchair Rugby Club is part of Gravesend RFC and does a fantastic job of providing people with an opportunity to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment. We recently caught up with club representative Jason Owen to find out more. He told us, “I formed the club in September 2013. It all happened very quickly. I was a coach at Gravsend RFC mini and youth and one Sunday morning whilst there, I was walking past an U8’s training session when one lad stood on the side (on a walker) was heard saying, ‘Go onnnn. Yessss. Great try’, to his brother... ‘I wish I could play rugby with my brother’.” “I decided I would make it happen by forming Gravesend Dynamite wheelchair rugby club. The club is quite 44 Issue 73 unique in that anyone can play; men, women, boys, girls, adults, youngsters, disabled and able bodied all participating together. It’s so inclusive. And yes, the two brothers now play rugby together. “We use a real rugby ball (unlike the equally exciting wheelchair rugby murderball version which uses a round ball) and the game replicates the rules of rugby union with passing back, scoring tries, scrums (yes, wheelchair scrums - must be seen) and even conversions by punching the ball off a raised tee.” “The most challenging aspect is coping with our own success. We have grown so so quickly. We started in Sept 2013 with eight players but now we have 45 regular players so we’ve had to broaden out to have more sessions, more nights, more venues and more equipment. “We’ve an excellent mix of people so for example, we have three siblings that participate together (one plays running rugby, the other two, one male, one female do not but in our sport all