(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.
“Zak’s grown up since the London 2012 Paralympics,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “He’s stronger, he’s leaner, he’s more mature, and he’s ready to step into the limelight. It’s not often you find a player with such physical gifts who also has such a strong work ethic and humility.”
Madell wasn’t the only athlete on Team Canada to receive an All Star award. Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC) and Ian Chan (Richmond, BC) were also named to the All Star team.
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