Devonvale are proud to have recently joined in sponsoring The West Country Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Team. The West Country Hawks are linked to Exeter Chiefs Rugby, via the Exeter Chiefs Foundation.
With the conclusion of the 2018-19 National Super Series Division 2 Wheelchair Rugby League in Leicester last weekend, the West Country Hawks finished second in the league and just failed to secure promotion to Division 1 in their play-off match against the Yorkshire Lions.
This represents the best performance for the club since its formation and gives a solid platform to build on for the 2019-20 season.
Individual player highlights for the year include three members of the team (Faye West, Ed Larkin and Luke Collier) being selected for the GB Talent squad, which trains alongside the GB squad and competes in international events to prepare them for the step up to the Elite GB Paralympic team.
Over the summer the team will again be entering the National Wheelchair Rugby 5s league and hope to repeat their success from last year where they qualified for the Premiership League and will compete against Leicester Tigers, Ospreys, Solent Sharks, Bournemouth Lions and Stoke Mandeville Maulers.
The West Country Hawks is the only Wheelchair Rugby team in the Westcountry.
Wheelchair Rugby first appeared at the World Wheelchair Games in 1990 as an exhibition event and made its Paralympic Games debut in Atlanta in 1996.