(Warsaw, Poland) – Canada Red won the 2013 Metro Wheelchair Rugby Cup this morning with a decisive 57-45 victory over Great Britain A. The team finished the tournament undefeated.
“This was a great tournament for Team Canada,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “Everyone stepped up when they needed to, which is impressive given that many of the athletes we brought are new to international competition.”
For his leadership efforts, 19-year-old Zak Madell was named to the All Star team as Best 3.5.
“It’s great to see that Zak’s leadership skills are developing along with his speed and athleticism,” said Orr. “We’re so proud of his transformation from a 17-year-old kid to a mature, well-rounded athlete in such a short amount of time.”
Canada split into two squads – Canada Red and Canada Black – for this tournament, which included teams such as the Czech Republic, Brazil, Poland and Germany. Both squads featured a mix of up-and-coming athletes and veterans. Canada Black finished sixth after a tough loss to Great Britain’s B team.
“If we want to win at the 2014 World Championships and the 2016 Paralympic Games, then we need to give our up-and-coming athletes meaningful competition,” said Orr. “We’ve done that at this tournament, and the results speak for themselves.”