Canada has captured the silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games! After their thrilling one-point victory against the USA to advance to the gold medal game, Canada knew that they had a formidable task ahead of them if they wanted to best the dominant Australian squad, which features superstar Ryley Batt. Unfortunately, Canada came out a bit flat in the early minutes of the game and were never able to recover.
After the game, Head Coach Kevin Orr praised both teams' efforts.
"I thought we had a good game plan against Australia, but man, they came out on fire. I really liked the way our guys responded during the tournament. We started out with that flat line game and then really worked hard throughout the tournament. I have to give credit to our guys. They were scrappy, and our young ones showed a lot of composure through this game and our veteran leadership was able to keep us alive as well."
Mike Whitehead also praised the way Canada was able to progress throughout the tournament.
"After the loss to Australia, we looked at each other in the locker room and said, "We need to man up. We need to bring it" and from there we started the wave and just rode that wave. We grew together as a team and we're a much better team now than when we started."
In this tournament, Canada consistently stepped up in close games. After falling 64-52 to Australia in the first match, they regrouped to beat Belgium 57-50, then to win two one-point victories against Sweden and the USA. Canada had not beaten the USA since 2008. This silver medal is our best performance since the 2004 Paralympics.