Wheelchair Rugby Players Go All The Way
Braun, a defenseman, had only just finished his second season of murderball, as it's known. Morgan, on offense, was the only woman to make the list.
Both made the cut for Team USQRA, the farm squad for Team USA, the official U.S. Paralympic Team.
Chances are Braun and Morgan won't see action at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Instead, the U.S. Paralympic Committee plans to use the fourteen-member Team USQRA to groom the next generation of national players. Following several more training camps later this summer, the St. Louis pair will most likely travel internationally next year to compete against another developmental team. Next stops, ideally: the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and the 2012 Paralympics -- if they keep up their workouts and foot the bills, of course. (It's a super-costly sport. The Rugby Rams don't have a team sponsor, and neither Braun nor Morgan has financial backing.)
Oh, as if that weren't a whopping number of St. Louis connections to the murderball elite, Rugby Rams coach Sue Tucker has been named one of the farm team's coaches.