(Odense, Denmark) -- After a tough loss to Australia, Team Canada stormed back today to defeat Great Britain 55 - 40 and win the bronze medal at the 2013 Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Championships.
"Canada came out strong and focused today," said Head Coach Kevin Orr after the game. "Every athlete we put on the court was able to do his or her job and contribute to the victory. This was a very positive tournament for us."
When Canada played Great Britain during the first match of the tournament, the team only won 49-46. According to Orr, today's much-larger margin of victory suggests that Canada is gelling as a team.
"This year, we've developed some new lineups and introduced some new athletes," he said. "I'm proud of the way our team has responded to the changes. Every game, we've gotten better and better, and that's going to pay off when it counts."
According to athlete Miranda Biletski, the key to Canada's victory today was its passion.
"I think we just came out a little more on fire, a little angry that we weren't in the gold medal game," she said. "That's where we thought we should be and where we know we can be."
Canada's next major tournament will be the 2013 IWRF Americas Zone Qualifiers in Birmingham, Albama, when the team will attempt to qualify for the 2014 IWRF World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. The World Championships will be held August 1st, 2014 in Odense, Denmark.
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