About Us

The Ottawa Stingers is a wheelchair rugby club that competes at a competitive level and that develops players who represent our province and our country in national or international events.

We usually have two practices a week and compete in approximately eight tournaments a year. We practice once a week at the rehab center where we always have equipment available for new players whom are interested in trying out our sport. The athletes on our team also visit regularly the patients at the rehab centre to talk about our sport.

We are associated with the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the National Capital Sports Council of the Disabled. We also do wheelchair rugby demonstrations at schools and at various events.

History

In 1980, the Ottawa Stingers became the second Ontario city to have a "Murderball" team, original name of the game, after Bill Powell got the idea of starting a team in Ottawa from Joe Ross of the Toronto Bulldogs.

Bill Powell and Lloyd Cowin (of the Royal Ottawa Regional Rehab Centre) decided to get people out and begin to form a team to  play this new found game for quadriplegics.