Team Canada to Hold Open Practice Before Paralympic Test Event

(Feb 15th - DORCHESTER, ON) The Canadian wheelchair rugby team will host an open practice during their staging camp in Dorchester on Saturday, Feb. 20th before the team travels to Rio for a Paralympic test event. Media is invited to capture visuals and interview Team Canada athletes and coaches.

The Paralympic Test Event will be held in wheelchair rugby’s Paralympic venue and will allow Team Canada to compete against teams from Australia, Great Britain and Brazil. Canada is currently ranked number one in the world.

TV/Photo Op:

See the fast, hard-hitting sport of wheelchair rugby as the team begins its Paralympic journey by traveling to Rio for the Rio Test Event.


The following athletes will be available for interview (asterisks denotes captaincy):

Byron Green (Vancouver, BC)
Trevor Hirschfield* (Vancouver, BC)
Patrice Dagenais* (Vancouver, BC)
Patrice Simard (Alma, QC)
Travis Murao (Vancouver, BC)

David Willsie (Dorchester, ON)
Cody Caldwell (Peterborough, ON)
Mike Whitehead (Windsor, ON)
Fabien Lavoie (Quebec City, QC)
Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB)

Head Coach: Kevin Orr (Alabama)


Team Canada open practice in preparation for the Paralympic test event. Media will have the opportunity to capture visuals and interview the athletes and coaches.


Saturday, Feb. 20th from 1 – 5 pm. Scrimmage will take place at 3:30 with interviews to follow.


Thames Centre in Dorchester, ON
2066 Dorchester Rd, Thames Centre, ON N0L 1G2

To arrange interviews, please contact:

Arley McNeney
Communications and Marketing Manager
Cell: 778-788-9091