Day # 3 Thursday July 31, 2014
On Day # 3 of our pre-Worlds staging camp, players and staff have certainly started to become comfortable in our hotel. Most of us have resumed normal sleeping patterns and spare time is filled with visiting the Recovery Room for treatment from Melissa (Phenomenal Physiologist) and Marnie (Awesome Athletic Therapist). There is also time for some Paralympic ping pong (does it exists?) at the hotel, but in the words of Dave Willsie, "that ball is too damn bouncy for quads."
Today we played an exhibition match against New Zealand at the South Denmark University Training Facilities and won convincingly 68-52. The Kiwis committed 16 turnovers and Team Canada was able to keep their turnovers to a respectful total of five. The match was intense and according to Coach Kevin Orr: "it was exactly what we needed to see where we were in our travel adaptation process. The team played well!” Yesterday was also a very special day for Mike Whitehead’s daughter, Addison, who turned 10 years old. The team sent her a FaceTime message that certainly surprised her, if not slightly scared her on the special day. Happy birthday Addison from all of Team Canada.
Day #4, Friday August 1st, will see the team back at the training facilities for the last day before heading to the competition venue in the nearby city of Odense. Starting August 2nd the real fun begins with Chair Checks and Classification. A certain level of seriousness will start to creep into our team vibe as we get closer to our first match. Until then, we will continue to prepare to win the Gold (but not in Paralympic ping pong!).
Andy Van Neutegem, High Performance Director