Three generations of 1 household have now performed in premiership-winning rugby sides for the College of Queensland, after the membership gained the inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Nationwide League.
Bachelor of Train and Vitamin Science scholar Conor Tweedy is a member of the College of Queensland Rugby Membership wheelchair staff which defeated long-time UQ rivals Brothers in final Sunday’s remaining sport of the competitors at Brisbane’s Boondall Leisure Centre.
“So a lot of my household have performed for UQ – my granddad after which my Dad, my brother and cousins, so it’s fairly particular,” Mr Tweedy mentioned.
He’s turn into the third era of the household to win a premiership for UQ, together with his grandfather Michael Tweedy a part of the Reserve Grade profitable facet in 1956.
Conor’s father, Affiliate Professor Sean Tweedy from UQ’s College of Human Motion and Vitamin Sciences gained three first grade premierships with UQ in 1988-90 and went on to play for the Queensland Reds.
His brother Seamus was a member of the UQ Colts 1 premiership-winning facet in 2017.
Household cousins Joe and Tom Pincus additionally performed for UQ earlier than embarking on their Tremendous Rugby careers.
Conor was a promising rugby participant when he suffered a spinal wire harm in a scrum collapse throughout a sport for the St Joseph’s Faculty, Gregory Terrace Second XV’s in 2018.
4 years on, and after a gruelling restoration program, the now 20-year-old is coaching as much as 5 occasions every week for a sport he describes because the hardest and most bodily of wheelchair sports activities.
“It’s a contact sport, however wheelchair rugby is like nothing you’ve ever seen,” he mentioned.
“Our chairs are heavy steel so you’ll be able to take a success they usually’re mainly constructed for crashing into individuals.
“Every so often you fall out of your chair the mistaken approach and smack your head as a result of we play on a basketball court docket, however usually you come out of it unscathed.”
The staff, captained and coached by twin Paralympian Chris Bond, received via all three rounds of the nationwide league undefeated earlier than their resounding 62-38 win over Brothers within the remaining sport.
Normal Supervisor of UQ Rugby Membership, Jason Greenhalgh, mentioned it was an inspirational run.
“To observe that remaining sport stay – and to win it in entrance of a house crowd – was simply sensational,” Mr Greenhalgh mentioned.
He says he’d like to see Conor once more get picked for the Queensland facet for the upcoming Wheelchair Rugby Nationwide Championship, held on the Gold Coast from 24 June.
“It’s a bit just like the State of Origin, and we’re eager to take it to New South Wales and add to a fantastic season for UQ wheelchair rugby.”
UQ’s Wheelchair Rugby staff is managed and supported by Sporting Wheelies Disabled Affiliation.
Image above left: Conor Tweedy enjoying for UQ Rugby within the remaining sport of the Wheelchair Rugby Nationwide League. Credit score: Sportography
Media: UQ Rugby Membership Normal Supervisor Jason Greenhalgh, +61 (0)400 716 166; UQ Media and Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 (0)429 056 139.