(Odense, Denmark) – The Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Team got off to a perfect start today at the 2013 Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge. Team Canada defeated both Great Britain and Belgium and has earned a spot in the semi-finals.
The 2013 Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge is the first major tournament since the London 2012 Paralympics, where Team Canada won a silver medal. The best teams in the world, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden and the USA, are in attendance.
“This is an exciting time for Team Canada,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “We’ve got a lot of new faces here and we’re running a bunch of new lines. While we’re proud of our silver-medal performance in London, we’re focused on our ultimate goal of winning gold at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and the 2016 Rio Paralympics.”
Crucial to Team Canada’s performance is the dominance of 19-year-old Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB), whose speed, strength and game knowledge have increased since he debuted at the London 2012 Paralympics. Cody Caldwell (London, ON), the newest national team member, also showed that he’s an up-and-coming talent.
“It’s great to see so many rookies performing well under the pressure of international competition,” said Orr. “Our athletes are working hard, and it’s showing when it counts.”
Tomorrow, Canada plays Japan at 10:40 am local time (1:40 a.m. PST, 4:40 am EST), and then will play a semi-final match. All games can be webcast live at: http://2014wrwc.dhif.dk/FrontPage/?id=1392