(Vancouver, BC) – After an intense selection camp at the Richmond Olympic Oval, 12 athletes have been named to the Canadian wheelchair rugby senior national team. Seven additional athletes were named to the national squad.
This year’s senior team consists of:
Cody Caldwell (Cavan, ON)
Ian Chan (Richmond, BC)
Patrice Dagenais (Embrun, ON)
Garett Hickling (Kelowna, BC)
Trevor Hirschfield (Parksville, BC)
Fabien Lavoie (Quebec City, QC)
Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB)
Travis Murao (Richmond, BC)
Erika Schmütz (Dunnville, ON)
Patrice Simard (Quebec City, QC)
Mike Whitehead (Harrow, ON)
David Willsie (Dorchester, ON)
Additional athletes named to the squad are:
Joe Boudreau (Hamilton, ON)
Miranda Biletski (Regina, SK)
Ian Crowe (Kenora, ON)
Byron Green (Vancouver, BC)
Cory Harrower (Regina, SK)
Ben Perkins (North Augusta, ON)
Yanick Racicot (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC)
“We’re incredibly pleased with the caliber of athletes that attended this selection camp,” said High Performance Director Andy Van Neutegem. “Team Canada is going from strength to strength.”
Head Coach Kevin Orr agreed. “We’ve got a great bunch of athletes who I’m confident will lead us towards our goal of winning gold medals at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.”
The team’s next major competition will be the IWRF 2013 Americas Zone Championships in Birmingham, Alabama from October 14-20. All selected athletes will play this weekend for their club teams at the 14th Annual Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, which will be held at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
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ABOUT WHEELCHAIR RUGBY: Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes with a mobility-related disability in at least three limbs. It is a unique sport created by athletes with a disability that combines some elements of basketball, handball, and ice hockey. The object of the game is to carry the ball across the opposing team's goal line. Two wheels must cross the goal line for a goal to count, and the player must have firm control of the ball when he or she crosses the line. All wheelchair rugby players compete in manual wheelchairs. Players must meet the minimum disability criteria of the sport and must be classifiable under the sport classification rules.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN WHEELCHAIR RUGBY NATIONAL TEAM: Team Canada has been ranked as one of the top teams in the world since the sport’s invention. Last September, Canada won silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. During the team’s history, they have won one gold medal, four silver medals, and three bronze medals at World Championships and Paralympic Games.