In a new written series, we want to delve deeper into why our participants love Disability Rugby League. Over the past few years, our sides have gone from strength to strength, playing a curtain-raiser at both Old Trafford and Anfield, while we watched three of our PD participants embark on a trip of a lifetime to Australia, shown exclusively on Amazon Prime.
Please see our next Q&A with LDSL participant, Chloe Ramsey…
How would you explain your love for LDSL?
LDSL is an opportunity to see all my teammates at training. Through the sport, we also get to meet new people as well as play in festivals against loads of other teams.
How did you get in LDSL? – What is your journey?
My Dad heard about it through his volunteering at Wakefield. When he told me what it was, I thought I would go and give it a try.
How has the sport impacted your life, personally?
It has improved my coordination and has allowed me the opportunity to make new friends.
How did your affiliation with Wakefield Trinity come about?
I follow Wakefield Trinity and have always loved the club; this was the inspiration behind me joining the LDSL side.
I know that LDSL is a family affair – has the sport brought your family closer together?
As a family, we spend a lot of time doing rugby-related activities. My brother has played since he was six years old, and I helped on a match day at Crigglestone All Blacks. He repays the favour now though because he always watches me train.
Are there any memories or times you look back with fondness or pride?
Yes, when we played at half-time of the Magic Weekend at Anfield in 2019. Playing on the pitch against other teams was incredible, even though I was very nervous. However, as soon as I got out there and started playing, I loved it!
The Rugby League Disability set-up has gone from strength to strength in recent years – what is the next step?
I can’t wait for next year when we get back playing festivals. Hopefully, we will be able to play against new Rugby League teams that have only just started up.