Wayne Romero - 3.0 - 2008
Class: 3.0 Player
Jersey Number: #34
Home: Oxford, KS
Hall Of Fame Induction: 2008
Team: Tennessee Quadcrushers, Lakeshore Demolition, Fraizer TNT
Years played/administered/refereed/contributed: 17 years (1990-2007)
6 D1 National Championships: one with the Tennessee Quadcrushers 1994 and five consecutive with Lakeshore Demolition (1999-2003).
National Teams and years played and results for those teams.
2000 Sydney Paralympic team - Gold Medal
2004 Athens Paralympic team - Bronze Medal
Wayne was born and raised in Pueblo Colorado with a wonderful Father and Mother, two older brothers and two younger sisters. He played football in High School and raced Motocross at a highly competitive level for eight years up until his automobile accident in 1988. He then moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1988 and then began his rugby career with the Tennessee Quadcrushers in 1990 until 1998. He later joined the Lakeshore Demolition in 1998 until 2007.
Wayne always had a fighters mentality. I remember watching boxing with him and he would talk and teach about the strategy. It was soon after that I realized his rugby style was much like boxing. He was looking for the right times to strike. This mindset and strategy made him dangerous on the court as he would capitalize at the most important times in the game.
Wayne soon became a force to be reckoned within a few short years of his starting. He was instrumental in the development of the full court press and offensive strategy using high/low lineup. Through his humble leadership and powerful style, the Quadcrushers became a force in the USQRA and won the National Championship in 1994. Wayne was one of the main parts of the strongest high-low line-ups of the 1990’s that bested many balanced teams. His quiet and humble nature often left him less noticed but his savviness, smarts, and strength on the court was most often his advantage over the field of players he competed against.
Wayne joined the Demolition in 1998 with Cliff Chunn and Eddie Crouch from Tennessee. Wayne filled a void that was the missing link for the Demolition as the dominant high-point player. Through his addition, the Demolition went on a 5 year consecutive National Championship run. During his years with the Demolition, Wayne was selected to the 2000 USA Paralympic team which won the Gold Medal in Sydney Australia and was selected to the 2004 USA Paralympic team which won the Bronze Medal in Athens Greece.
Through his multiple talents and creative nature developed from his engineering background from working on motorcycles, cars, and construction, he was throughout the years pushing the envelope in helping develop rugby chairs designed by Barry Ewing at Eagle Sportschairs. Seasonally, he was implementing ideas to develop his offensive chair to include advantages making equipment sturdier, slicker, and more efficient. These developments trickled throughout the league with other teams using his ideas. Wayne also spent much time on the Board as a leader on the Wheelchair Specification Committee and helped develop the wheelchair design schematics and equipment rules used by the USQRA for many years and eventually being used as the template for the IWRF rules.
Wayne in rugby, as in out of rugby, was one of the greatest human beings one could encounter. The reflection of his Christian faith was often seen by him wanting to help by staying up late helping people with their equipment, being a mentor for disabled people, and leading through his integrity.
Wayne is quoted: "I have been blessed to play alongside some of the most elite wheelchair rugby athlete's in the world and it is only because of them that I was afforded the opportunity to elevate my level of play which was worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame".
Longtime teammate and friend Eddie Crouch said of Wayne, “countless times I have heard Wayne say ‘A Man’s Gotta Do What A Man’s Gotta Do’. Whether business, family, rugby or otherwise, this is a motto Wayne always lives by, always doing whatever has to be done to get the task before him completed. With his long, smooth strokes he was one of the fastest players on the court. His play was always disciplined, steady and mistake-free with an uncanny ability to adapt to the players around him. Wayne was one of the most underrated but at the same time most respected players of his era.”
Wayne has since retired from rugby and relocated to Oxford, Kansas after marrying his sweetheart wife Rebecca. He and Rebecca along with his family enjoys cycling, hunting, fishing, camping and many other outdoor activities. His oldest son David “The Sparkler” Romero resides in Nashville Tennessee and was very supportive and instrumental in pushing Wayne to achieve an elite level of play.