The Power of Attitude: The Journey of the New Zealand Wheel Blacks

An Ordinary Life
S1:Ep556 mins2006

A revealing profile of the men who make up the New Zealand wheelchair rugby team, the Wheel Blacks, winners of the Gold Medal at the Paralympics in Athens (2004). It’s the sport they call Murderball because of its pace and intensity.

The majority of the men who make up the Wheel Blacks are paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries received either playing sport or in road accidents. The men talk honestly about what it is to be paralyzed. They describe the accidents that changed their lives and led to their quadriplegia, and the role of sport in restoring their sense of manliness. We follow their team throughout a two-year build up to the world championships.

Video Language: English