(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Sept. 14) It’s been a long week of waiting, but Canada’s wheelchair rugby team will finally hit the court against host nation Brazil tonight
at 7:15 pm at Carioca Arena 1.
“Everyone’s just chomping, chomping at the bit,” said veteran athlete David Willsie. “We’re like puppies in a garage, like, ‘Open the door, open the door, open the door.’ [Tonight] we’re going to open that door.”
The game is already sold out, and the Canadians are looking forward to the energy of the stadium, no matter what team the crowd is cheering for.
“I don’t know if we’re going to be villains, if they’re going to cheer for their own, but I know it’s going to be loud and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Willsie.
Though Canada has defeated Brazil several times in the past, the Canadians will not be taking the host nation lightly.
“If you’re not careful they’ll smack a couple of turnovers on you pretty quick,” he said.
Overall, however, after a week of training, the team is just looking forward to that first tip-off.
“We’re ready. We finally get to hit somebody.”
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