New Zealand Rugby League and Physical Disability Rugby League have teamed up to spread awareness of diversity in sport, with rugby league as the vehicle.
Physical Disability Rugby League is a modified version of the game for players with a physical disability who wouldn’t otherwise be able to play. It has full contact, partial contact and tough elements to it, so that the game caters for a wide spectrum of disabilities.
The NZRL welcomes PDRL on board as an official affiliate of the organisation and it’s a partnership that NZRL chief executive Greg Peters is in full support of.
Peters commented: “We are delighted to officially welcome PDRLNZ into the New Zealand Rugby League whanau.
“Sandra Hickey (founder of PDRLNZ) and her team have done a brilliant job of getting PDRLNZ to where they are today, recently returning from the 2018 PDRL Emerging Nations World Championships with a silver medal.
“Listening to the stories of the PDRLNZ athletes is truly inspirational and we are so lucky to officially have them on board as an NZRL affiliate.
“I look forward to working alongside PDRLNZ to make the game of rugby league accessible to everyone.”