Athletes from our Winter & Summer Season are selected to represent Victoria at National competitions. At these National competitions, selectors from different states keep a close eye on the performances of every player participating. For more information on International pathways, please contact email@example.com
Currently there are two different International competitions:
- Powerchair Football World Cup
- Powerchair Hockey World Championships
Fédération Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) is the international governing body for Powerchair Football. The first Powerchair Football World Cup was held in 2007 and hosted by Japan. France hosted the next World Cup in 2011 where the US National Team won its second title.
The 2017 Powerchair Football World Cup will be held in the United States and will have 10 teams competing, including Australia. The Australian Powerchair Football Association (APFA) are responsible for Australia’s participation in this event.
Find out more: FIPFA World Cup
The sport was birthed by accident in the 1970’s when schools began offering sports lessons to students in wheelchairs. Inspired by able-bodied hockey, the students picked up sticks and started hitting a light, plastic ball. Soon this recreational activity became institutionalised and is now an official international sport.
Australian Powerchair Hockey Association (APCHA) are responsible for Australia’s participation in international competitions. Australia first competed in the 2004 World Cup Hockey Competition, in Helsinki. The Australian team was ranked 8th at the 2014 Electric Wheelchair Championship held in Munich, Germany. The game is gaining international recognition and a growing network of athletes and fans.
Visit IWAS Powerchair Hockey for more information.