Canada’s wheelchair rugby team defeated Chile 67-11 to improve to 4-0 in round-robin play at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. After the game, the Chileans demonstrated a great deal of sportsmanship when they unfurled a banner that said “Defeat inspires us to continue working” and handed out Chilean flags. Our athletes posed together after the game, and we met a young fan who was pleased to meet both teams.
Tomorrow, Canada will face their rival, the USA, in the final round-robin game of the tournament. Canada, ranked second in the world, has beaten third-ranked USA at the last two major international events. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Canada won by one point in the final second of the game. At the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, Canada beat the USA by three points in overtime. The USA, however, has beaten Canada in every qualification tournament. The stage is set for a world-class showdown between these two wheelchair rugby powerhouses.
“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” said Canadian head coach Kevin Orr. “Every time we play the Americans, it’s a battle. We live for those big games.”
Canada will take on the USA tomorrow at 8 pm Eastern at the Mississauga Sports Centre. You can watch live on CBC or on the webcast by clicking here.