(Ottawa, ON) – Wheelchair Rugby Canada congratulates national team member Cody Caldwell of Cavan, Ontario on being named to the CIBC Team Next program. Caldwell is one of 67 young athletes who will be supported by the innovative program, which provides financial support, education, public speaking opportunities and mentorship by a prominent Canadian athlete who has achieved success on a world stage.
“It’s an honour to be part of the CIBC Team Next,” said Caldwell. “It’s a big boost for me over the next three years not only because of the financial support it provides, but also because of the mentors I have to learn from and the public speaking opportunities that will help me promote my sport. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can.”
Caldwell, 24, is one of the newest members of the Canadian wheelchair rugby national team. He started his wheelchair rugby career in 2008 after becoming a quadriplegic in a diving accident. The former Peterborough Petes AAA goalie immediately took to the hard-hitting sport of wheelchair rugby and soon worked his way up to the international stage.
“Cody is a player we feel is the future of our program,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “He is smart and has the physical attributes that will make him a success in the future.”
As a Lead Partner of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, CIBC Team Next has established the Team Next program to become a legacy of the event and help Canada’s up-and-coming stars achieve their potential. Wheelchair rugby will be featured at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.
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Wheelchair Rugby Canada