The Gold Coast Titans Physical Disability Rugby League Team have been featured in the new sporting documentary, ‘These Sporting Lives,’ which premiered over the weekend (watch in full above).
The documentary features the first international game between the Titans PDRL side and Wakefield Trinity’s PDRL side last year.
Premiering on YouTube last weekend, the documentary follows three individuals who have shown great resilience to play rugby league.
Speaking in the film, Wakefield Trinity PDRL Captain Darren Dean, said he felt overwhelmed about having the opportunity to access and play rugby league.
“It was my wife who saw something about the PDRL going on,” Dean said.
“Next thing I know, there’s accessibility for me being physically disabled to play again.
“I can’t really put it into words.
“I cried about leukemia and I cried about playing rugby league again,” he said.
Wakefield Trinity PDRL player Connor Lynes said the opportunity to play rugby league changed the way he thinks about himself and his injury.
“In the first year of my injury, I was ashamed of it,” Lynes said.
“I was ashamed of being called disabled, but since PDRL, it’s been really good to just talk about it and understand that it’s not something to be ashamed of and to be proud of how far you have come and to be proud of who you are,” he said.
Rugby League Immortal and Titans Head of Performance and Culture, Mal Meninga said the PDRL showcases rugby league as a game for all.
“There’s a place for everyone in our game and these guys have a great passion for rugby league,” Meninga said in the documentary.
These Sporting Lives can be watched.