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400 Compete In Portland Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Some 400 athletes from around the country are competing in Portland this weekend at a regional wheelchair rugby tournament.

Wheelchair rugby play at the tournament

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Wheelchair rugby is the rare sport where casual players compete in the same league as some of the nation’s finest. Ed Suhr coaches the Portland Pounders.

“Right now we have two teams, one more recreational, and we have a more competitive team, right now ranked #1 or 2 in the country.”

But the mixing of both kinds of players has benefits for everyone, says Seth McBride. He’s been playing for eight years.

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Paralympian Seth McBride says he's training six days a week to keep his competitive edge.

“We’re all able to have fun at practice and it’s good for young guys that come out at that level to have role models who are willing to train on that level.”

McBride will find out this summer if he’ll once again make the U.S. team for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

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