(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.”
After the game, athlete Zak Madell agreed that preparation was key to the victory.
“ People could play a full game because of all the training going in to it,” he said. “And our mental toughness was key in no one losing hope in that game.”
Tomorrow, Canada will have to draw on that mental toughness as they face their toughest challenge yet: Australia. Canada has not yet beat #2-ranked Australia this year, but hope that recent lineup changes will be the key to cracking the combination of Australian heavy hitters Ryley Batt and Chris Bond. The game starts tomorrow at 12:30 local time (03:30 am PST, 06:30 am EST).