Friday, March 30, 2012
Longest wheelchair rugby league match: UK players set world record
Gillingham, Kent, UK--Medway Dragons and the London Broncos foundation played wheelchair rugby for 12 straight hours at Medway Park Leisure Centre in Kent , setting the world record for the longest wheelchair rugby league match,
while raising thousands of pounds for Sport Relief, according to World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/.
Photo: Two rugby league clubs, the Medway Dragons and the London Broncos, have teamed up at Medway Park in Gillingham for the Longest wheelchair rugby league match. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the longest wheelchair basketball marathon is 26 hr 3 min, set by staff and students at the University of Omaha at Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest wheelchair logo; it consisted of 346 participants and was achieved by Hope Inc. (USA) in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.
The World's Longest Wheelchair Rugby League Match was also the biggest Wheelchair Rugby League taster session ever held, with over 250 new participants getting into the chairs and playing in the match.
According to 'The Love Rugby League,' the successful world record attempt was the brainchild of Broncos Foundation Development Manager Andy Fairhurst and Medway community coach Mark Roughsedge.
Roughsedge was delighted with the turnout. He said: "We thought we'd have a few extra people come and try wheelchair Rugby League, but the numbers we had in the afternoon were incredible. Over 250 people tried the sport for the first time, and in the end we lost count of the participants!"
Fairhurst said: "we'd especially like to thank the Medway Dragons, RFL and other volunteers who came down and made today possible; several of them did the whole 12 hours and it was their efforts and enthusiasm that made this happen."
"Medway Council, Medway Park sports centre and Sport Relief also gave us their support for this event we'd like to give them a big thank-you as well."
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Friday, March 30, 2012 8:59 AM