Newton's star continues to rise
HIS ticket to the 2012 Paralympics already secured, Coffs Harbour's Ben Newton continues to rise up the wheelchair rugby ranks.
With the National Wheelchair Rugby League set to get underway on Friday, Newton has been named captain of the Gold Coast Titans Wheelchair Rugby Squad.
Selected by his team mates for the role, Newton was overjoyed with the honour and hopes his experience with the Australian Steelers Wheelchair Rugby side puts him in good stead to lead his club team throughout the season.
"Everyone in the side had to nominate who they felt should have the captaincy and I was honoured to be given the position," Newton said.
"It is a great feeling to know your team mates believe in your abilities and want you to lead them on the court.
"Hopefully my experience in the national team will help me along the way."
The former Tyalla Public school student took the gamble of moving to Brisbane in 2010 to advance his career and has never looked back.
A star showing in Korea during the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships saw Australia qualify for the London Paralympics and in the process set Newton on a path to achieve on of his greatest goals.
"I first really got into wheelchair rugby after the 2004 Paralympics and have always dreamt of representing Australia at the games," he said.
"With Australia qualifying for London as the competitions number two seed we are a good chance of actually winning the event but it will be tough."
Gold Coast Titans Wheel Chair Rugby travels to Melbourne this week to take on the Enforcers in round one of the NWRL.