Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Team Faces off in Exhibition Game

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The public is invited to watch one of the world’s best wheelchair rugby teams show their skill as they prepare for the London 2012 Paralympics

(Victoria, BC – February 9, 2012) -(ISN) In preparation for their London 2012 Paralympic campaign, the Canadian wheelchair rugby national team will be holding a “red and black” exhibition game for the public and the media at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) at Camosun’s Interurban Campus on Saturday, February 11th at 2 pm.

The team, which is holding a three-week training camp at the facility, will split into two squads and battle each other in the hard-hitting sport of wheelchair rugby. The game will be followed by a silent auction, with proceeds going to Cops for Cancer, and then a Camosun Chargers volleyball game at 6 pm.

Admission is free and there will be media availability before and after the game.

“This event is organized by Camosun students enrolled in the College’s Centre for Sport and Education (CSEE),” said Andy Van Neutegem, High Performance Director for the Canadian team. “It’s a great event and one that demonstrates the unique partnership between Camosun, PISE and the national team.”

Wheelchair rugby is a unique, full-contact sport developed in Canada for athletes with mobility impairments in at least three limbs. The sport shot to fame thanks to the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball,” which profiled Team Canada’s rivalry against the American squad. Canada is looking to improve on its bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. The squad features several local athletes, most notably Parksville’s Trevor Hirschfield.

For more information, or to schedule a media interview, please contact Arley McNeney at 778-788-9091.

Where:

PISE

Camosun Interurban Campus,

4371 Interurban Road

Victoria, BC

V9E 2C5

When: February 11th at 2 pm. Silent auction to follow at 4 pm.

Contact:

Arley McNeney

Communications Coordinator

778-788-9091

arley.mcneney@gmail.com“>arley.mcneney@gmail.com

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