(Odense, Denmark) – After winning a silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Canada’s quest to win gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships begins tomorrow in Odense, Denmark. Canada will take on host team Denmark at Tuesday, August 5th, 13:45 local time (04:45 am PST, 07:45 am EST).
The team consists of:
Byron Green (Vancouver, BC)
Miranda Biletski (Regina, SK)
Patrice Simard (Quebec City, QC)
Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC)
Travis Murao (Vancouver, BC)
David Willsie (Dorchester, ON)
Fabien Lavoie (Quebec City, QC)
Ian Chan (Richmond, BC)
Patrice Dagenais (Embrun, ON)
Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB)
Garett Hickling (Dorchester, ON)
Mike Whitehead (Harrow, ON)
Currently ranked third, Canada has been a top wheelchair rugby nation since the sport was invented here in 1977. Canada has won medals in 8 out of 10 major international competitions.
Canada’s squad is a mix of veteran athletes – including Garett Hickling, who has attended every single World Championship in the sport’s history – and young talent. Key to Canada’s success will be the performance of 20-year-old Zak Madell, who has racked up MVP and All Star awards since debuting in the sport three years ago. Since wheelchair rugby is a co-ed sport, Team Canada also features one female athlete: Regina’s Miranda Biletski.
To schedule an interview via email or Skype, please contact Andy Van Neutegem (in Denmark) at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information or print-quality photos, please contact:
Marketing & Communications Manager – Wheelchair Rugby Canada