Canada and Japan to Face off in Wheelchair Rugby Demo Match at the Richmond Olympic Oval

(Richmond, BC) – Team Canada will face off against the Team Japan during a demonstration wheelchair rugby game at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Friday, May 9th. Members of the media and the public are invited to come watch these two great murderball nations battle against one another as they prepare for the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. Entry is free.

The game is a test match for the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, which will take place from June 19-21 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Team Canada is currently ranked third in the world. Japan is ranked fifth, but is hoping to claim a medal at the upcoming Canada Cup thanks to former Team Canada Assistant Coach Adam Frost, who is now Japan’s Head Coach.

When: Friday, May 9th, at 6 pm
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval
What: Wheelchair rugby demonstration game. Media opportunity with the athletes and coaches to follow.
Cost: free

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Arley McNeney
Communications and Marketing Manager
BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Cell: 778-788-9091

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 elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey. Wheelchair rugby was invented in 1977 in Winnipeg, Canada and was originally known as “Murderball” because of its aggressive nature. Today, wheelchair rugby is played in 26 countries and is under development in several more.