(Birmingham, Alabama) -- Despite being one of the tournament's youngest competitors, 19-year-old Zak Madell has been named MVP of the 2013 IWRF Americas Zone Qualification Tournament. Zak played a crucial role in Canada's successful bid to qualify for the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, which will take place next August in Odense, Denmark. Canada finished second, behind the world number-one-ranked USA.
This is Madell's second major MVP award this year. He was also named MVP of the 2013 Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge.
"This season, Zak has really come into his own as an athlete and we're so pleased to see him recognized for that," said Head Coach Kevin Orr. "He's a talented kid and he's got such a bright future in the sport."
Madell started playing wheelchair rugby in 2011 and has experienced a quick rise to the world stage. He was crucial in Canada’s silver medal performance at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Madell was not the only Canadian to be recognized for his contributions. Canadian captain Trevor Hirschfield was named Best Low Point Player of the tournament.
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Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association