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Wakefield College student Tom Helliwell.

Wakefield College Rugby League Development Centre student Tom Helliwell came up trumps at the recent International Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships after helping England win the competition and finishing top scorer with a total of 102 points. 

Having successfully overcome a broken leg himself - which is why he took up the wheelchair version of the sport - Tom is now on a mission to promote wheelchair rugby to the masses. Tom explained “I became involved with wheelchair rugby after I broke my leg a couple of years ago and started playing with Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Wheelchair team. This then led me to being called up for trials with the national team which eventually resulted in my participation in the European championships. Initially I was quite nervous but then took everything in my stride and really enjoyed the whole experience. I really want to see the sport become more mainstream because anyone above the age of 16 can take part.”

Head Coach of the College’s Rugby League squad, Mark Applegarth said: “As a College we’re immensely proud of Tom and his participation in the Wheelchair Rugby League competition, for him and the team to perform as well as they did is something very special indeed. We’ll continue to support Tom in his endeavours and hope his achievements put Wheelchair Rugby League in the spotlight and encourage more people from College to participate."

Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France took part in the championships which were held in Medway, Kent.

Coaches also praised Remi Grayson who claimed the tournaments top try scorer title with 11. Special mentions were also made for Tom Metcalfe for his outstanding defence, Travis Fisher for his direct carries, Reece Butterworth for his organisation and passing and James Batchelor for his outstanding contribution overall. 

Wheelchair Rugby League is a five-a-side indoor sport which involves tagging opponents. It’s open to both wheelchair-bound and able-bodied participants.


CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 7 October, 2015

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