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Wheelchair Rugby Phenom Zak Madell Wins Both an MVP and All Star Award at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

(Odense, Denmark) – Young wheelchair rugby phenom Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB) received two of the sport’s highest honours today when he was both awarded tournament MVP and named to the All Star team at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.

Since starting the sport in 2011, 20-year-old Madell has quickly risen in the wheelchair rugby community. At the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, he scored over 60% of the team’s points in important games and led the Canadians in minutes played.

Le Canada remporte la médaille d'argent au Championnat du monde de rugby en fauteuil roulant de 2014

(Odense, Danemark) – Après avoir pris le meilleur sur la tête de série numéro un, les États-Unis, en demi-finale, le Canada s'est incliné 67 points à 56 face à l'Australie en finale, et a remporté finalement la médaille d'argent au Championnat du monde de rugby en fauteuil roulant de 2014.

Canada Wins Against the USA In Overtime To Play For Gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

(Odense, Denmark) – Canada will play for gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships after upsetting the #1-ranked USA in overtime 59-56. The win is just the latest chapter in a legendary rivalry that was most famously profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.”

“I’m so proud of our team for maintaining our composure and sticking to the game plan,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr after the game. “Patience, discipline and heart paid off for us today. One more to go.”

Le Canada affrontera ses rivaux de toujours, les Américains, en demi-finale du Championnat du monde de rugby en fauteuil roulant de 2014

(Odense, Danemark) – Après une défaite difficile à encaisser contre l'Australie, le Canada affrontera demain ses rivaux américains en demi-finale du Championnat du monde de rugby en fauteuil roulant de 2014. Le Canada s'est en effet incliné par 61 points à 68 face à la dominante équipe australienne, qui a à sa tête le redoutable duo d'attaquants composé de Ryley Batt et de Chris Bond.

Canada to Face American Rivals In the Semi-Finals of the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

(Odense, Denmark) – After a tough loss to Australia, Canada will face off against their long-time rivals, the USA, in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships tomorrow. Canada lost 61-68 against the dominant Australian squad, which contains the heavy-hitting duo of Ryley Batt and Chris Bond.

“I thought that we played some amazing rugby today, but that combination of Ryley Batt and Chris Bond is so deadly that if we want to beat them, we simply can’t afford any lapses,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “Unfortunately, we had a few lapses today and they cost us.”

Le Canada triomphe après une double prolongation et poursuit sa série de victoires au Championnat du monde de rugby en fauteuil roulant de 2014

(Odense, Danemark) – Cela a pris une double prolongation et toute l'expérience des vétérans Mike Whitehead (de Harrow, ON) et Garett Hickling (de Dorchester, ON) pour que le Canada batte la Grande-Bretagne par 59 à 58 aujourd'hui et  poursuive sa série de victoires au Championnat du monde de rugby en fauteuil roulant de 2014, à Odense au Danemark, puis un gain contre la Belgique pour maintenir sa fiche parfaite de quatre gains et aucun revers.

Canada Wins in Double Overtime to Continue Winning Streak at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

(Odense, Denmark) – Though it took a double overtime and the experience of veterans Mike Whitehead (Harrow, ON) and Garett Hickling (Dorchester, ON), Canada beat Great Britain 59-58 today and continues their perfect streak at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Odense, Denmark. Canada later bested Belgium 65-46 to maintain a perfect 4-0 record.

“World champions have to face adversity and beat it,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr after the game. “That’s what we did today. We drew on our mental toughness and the experience of our veteran athletes and we got the job done.”

Canada Bests Finland for Second Win at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships

(Odense, Denmark) – Team Canada moved one step closer to winning gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships with a 67-40 victory against Finland today.

“Every member of our team contributed to the victory,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr after the game. “We saw players like Miranda Biletski chipping in with two great goals, veterans like David Willsie stepping up, and up-and-coming athletes like Travis Murao taking on more responsibility on the court. It was an excellent learning game.”

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