The epic finale to the Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season!
Who is VEWSA?
Victorian Electric Wheelchair Sports Association (VEWSA) is a community based, non-profit association run by players, volunteers and parents. VEWSA is the peak organisation for powerchair sports in Victoria. Our focus is on providing sporting opportunities for people who use powerchairs for mobility at local, regional, national and international levels of competition.
What is Victorian Powerchair Sports League?
Victorian Powerchair Sports League (VPSL) is the showcase for powerchair sports in Victoria. The league displays the all-round skills of each athlete in the three sports of Football/Soccer, Hockey and Rugby. The league is open to all ages, genders and disabilities.
What’s the format of Pride Cup?
The annual Pride Cup is proudly sponsored by Pride Mobility and will bring an end to our Victorian Powerchair Sports League 2018/19 season. Dragons and Scorpions will do battle in a best of three series, involving one game of each sport, Powerchair Football, Powerchair Hockey and Rugby League.
• Each sport will have two 15-minute halves.
• There is a 10km/h speed-limit in all three sports.
• Each match must have a winner, meaning extra-time and then penalties may be needed to decide who takes the victory.
• To be eligible to play in the Pride Cup, players must have at least 50% attendance during the season.
What are the sports played?
There are three sports played at the Pride Cup. Let’s take a quick look at each of these sports!
A metal guard is mounted onto a player’s powerchair which is then used to push and ‘spin-kick’ a 330mm Football. Powerchair Football is a very tactical sport that requires skill, team work and communication. The sport is strictly non-contact and features at two National competitions as well as Internationally with a World Cup held every four years.
Powerchair Hockey is broadly based on Ice Hockey/Floorball. A barrier surrounds the court which allows players to rebound the ball. It is a competitive, high intensity sport. It is a fast-paced, tactical game and thus an excellent spectator’s sport! Powerchair Hockey is relatively new in Victoria but with two Victorian in the current Australian Team, the sport is bound to grow! The sport is played Internationally with a world championship held every four years.
Rugby (Touch Rugby)
The sport is played by imagining the flight of a ball between numbered players who call the number of their team mate who is intended to receive the ‘ball’, subject to ‘Tackles’ by opposing players. This is to make the sport as fair as possible, where players only need a voice and good driving skills to compete. A tennis ball is used to commence play and to convert a TRY into a GOAL. It is a contact sport and players are required to have a foot-guard on their powerchair.