Leinster Rugby visited a Laois lions training session last week to support the promotion of wheelchair basketball.
The Laois Lions are a wheelchair rugby club located in Vicarstown, Co. Laois. The have been operating for the past 8 years. While many of the participants are wheelchair users, they welcome everyone to join in. The sessions have a great atmosphere and you’ll get a brilliant workout. This is another form of rugby and allows both wheelchair users and non wheelchair users to participate in sport together. The club is always open to new members, both male and female.
Leinster Rugby spoke to Garret Culliton, who was pivotal in the foundation of the Laois Lions. Garrett formerly worked for Laois Sports Partnership as a Sports Inclusion and Disability Officer, he said, “We got the club going in 2014, all the rugby was happening in Dublin at the time. When we got enough people together in the area we decided to set the club up. I was involved with Laois Sports Partnership who helped us to get use of the hall. The venue in Vicarstown have been very good to us”
Paul Cullen, the main contact for the Laois Lions was the person who was keen on making more people aware of the club and wheelchair sports. he said, “I’m here the past 5 or 6 years. I had never played a sport in my life before having my accident. It is a great sport, it’s a great workout. Even on a wet Winters night we still keep going, during the bad snow a couple of weeks back, we were still here. It is open to everyone. Some people come for the physical activity and others come for a laugh and a bit of craic”
Thanks again to the Joe Carbery, the Leinster Rugby coaches and their media team for taking the time out to visit last weeks session. We look forward to promoting the sport further and making people more aware of wheelchair Rugby.
For more information on the Laois Lions, contact Paul on 0858870787.
View some of the action from last weeks session below.