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Wheelchair rugby in Colorado

8:19 PM, Feb 9, 2013   |    comments
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ENGLEWOOD - Five of the finest rugby teams in the world are in the metro area for a big tournament this weekend.

But this isn't just your average rugby. This is wheelchair rugby.

This weekend the Denver Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby Club, Craig Hospital and the City of Englewood are hosting a world-class Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at Englewood High School.

More than 60 wheelchair athletes, including two who won Bronze Medals for the U.S. Paralympics Team in London, will be competing.

Austin Cogar plays for the Las Vegas Renegades. He used to play several sports but when he was 17 years old he fell asleep at the wheel and broke his neck. He started playing rugby as soon as he could and says this tournament is like the Super Bowl for them.

"Honestly this is like playing sports before I got hurt. When we are here and we all come together this is one of the few places in the world where able-bodied people who come here are the minority. So when we all come here and play it's super intense and competitive and the disabilities all just leave. We are all here to win and compete and place against each other," Cogar said.

If you missed Saturday's tournament, they're having another one Sunday at Englewood High School at 9 a.m. and admission is free.

For more information, visit www.harlequins.org.




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