International Wheelchair Sports Exchange
Battambang Roses, Cambodia
In 2012, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Cambodia established two wheelchair basketball teams in Battambang and Kampong Speu, consisting of 40 players. It was initially created for women with disabilities who are a particularly vulnerable group, often discriminated against in society, and occasionally targets of mental and physical abuse in their home life.
The Battambang team, whose coach and manager is Ms. Sieng Sokchan, has 18 players. Over the years this group of ladies have become extremely proficient in the sport of wheelchair basketball and in 2015 they attended the ASEAN Disability Forum in Kuala Lumpur for an exhibition match. Soon after, and with the assistance of ICRC, the Cambodian Wheelchair Basketball Federation was established and has been recognized by the National Paralympic Committee of Cambodia.
Bayon Siem Reap, Cambodia
In 2017, Soulcial Trust partnered with ICRC Cambodia to establish a third wheelchair basketball team in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Although new to the sport, the men who participate in the weekly trainings are full of motivation and eager to learn all they can. Approximately 12 players train regularly and have progressed quickly in only a few short months. In July 2018 they hope to participate in a wheelchair basketball tournament in Bali, Indonesia.
Delhi Warriors, India
Created by the patients and staff of the Indian Spinal Injury Centre (ISIC) in 2008, the Delhi Warriors are the first wheelchair rugby team in all of India. Approximately 15 men and women train in rugby every weekend.
Montpellier Sharks, France
The Montpellier Wheelchair Rugby Club (MHR) was created in Montpellier, France on July 2014. It was launched thanks to the motivation and tenacity of the members and players, both with and without a disability. They come from different backgrounds; some are from rugby or football clubs, others are former students of The Faculty of Sport Sciences.
MHR consists of approximately 15 players on the quad rugby team, and is developing a Wheelchair Rugby XIII team. Since its creation the MHR benefits from the endowment fund of the professional rugby club of Montpellier Hérault Rugby and its association, the Montpellier Rugby Club. It helps by organizing events to promote and inform on the MHR during the club’s matches at the Altrad Stadium.
Rugby Fauteuil Club Toulon Provence Méditerranée (RFCTPM)
Rugby Fauteuil Club Toulon Provence Méditerranée (RFCTPM) of Toulon, France, was established in 2014 and numbers approximately 10 players. They are represented in the main regional sporting tournaments with their participation in championships and the Mediterranean Cup.
Sport is the basis of their project but it also involves a great commitment to solidarity by raising public awareness about disability in different ways.
Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport (STRH)
Created in 2003 under the name of Toulouse Handi Ovalie Mixte (THOM), the Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport (STRH) is both a sports club focused on competitive performance and an association carrying out a social integration project. Thanks to an original concept, loyal partners, a professional structure, and the growing collective emulation generated by its projects, the club has achieved an unprecedented success in the world of wheelchair sports.
The associative project of STRH is based on the duality between the “sports” pole and the “social action” pole. On one hand, they have the competitive or leisure sports objectives, and on the other hand the objectives of accompaniment, insertion and awareness.