Pima hosts wheelchair rugby tourney

By CALEB FOSTER

Pima Community College hosted its first wheelchair rugby tournament at the West Campus gym on Jan. 17-18.

The tournament brought in a decent crowd as teams from Arizona and abroad battled it out in fast-paced games.

“We are excited to be hosting the first ever adaptive sporting event at PCC,” Gabe Nyrkkanen, a Program Specialist for Disabled Student Resources for PCC said in a press release.

The tournament brought excitement and entertainment to Pima in a very unique way. Constant action on the court held the attention of the crowd, whether it be by the constant collisions, the one-on-one races down the court or the occasional exploding tire tubes.

The free event was the perfect way for Pima to introduce new sporting events to its members and the public. The event was the first of its kind at Pima. The adaptive sporting event showed how other events of this sort can have success on Pima’s campus.

The tournament was held in conjunction with the United States Quad Rugby Association. The USQRA contains 42 teams including the Phoenix Heat, the Tucson Renegades and the University of Arizona Wildcats.

The league is currently in its  eighth season.

Nyrkkanen commented on the event saying, “We also hope to create future opportunities for adaptive recreation to Pima students and the community at large.”

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The University of Arizona wheelchair rugby team regroups during a time out. Pima Community College hosted its inaugural wheelchair rugby tournament on Jan. 17-18. (Caleb Foster/Aztec Press)

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