“Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge” documentary set for repeat screening ahead of Rugby World Cup final this weekend
“Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge”, a documentary exploring disability and accessibility issues in Ireland, is set for a repeat screening on TV3 ahead of the Rugby World Cup final this Saturday.
The documentary sees four rugby stars – including vice-captain of the Ireland team, Jamie Heaslip – making their way from Dublin’s Aviva Stadium to Limerick’s Thomond Park, all while using a wheelchair. Narrated by sports broadcaster Ger Gilroy, the documentary will show their experiences as they try to access and use buses, trains and taxis – as well as pure muscle – to journey on a road less traveled.
The programme is the brainwave of Stephen Cluskey, accessibility advocate and founder of GoAccessible365.com, official partners of Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT). Stephen uses a wheelchair himself, following an accident at the age of eighteen, and aims to raise awareness of accessibility issues for people with disabilities in Ireland through the documentary.
Stephen established GoAccessible365.com to enable wheelchair users across Ireland to source reliable, accessible travel options, and he consistently campaigns to raise accessibility standards across public and private transport.
Director of ÁT, Martin Naughton, said, “it’s absolutely crucial that awareness of accessibility issues is continually strengthened and shared with new audiences so that we can generate understanding and bring about positive change together!”.
“Rugby’s Wheelchair Challenge will be screened at 2.30pm on TV3 this Saturday, 31st October, just ahead of the Rugby World Cup final. You can catch a teaser trailer for the documentary below: