Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE), Victoria, BC is hosting the Paralympic Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team in a 10-day camp, from May 24 – June 2.

Twelve members of the team, including five from British Columbia, will be training at the high-performance facility based at the Camosun College Interurban campus.

This is the second time that the team has trained at PISE this year. “The Canadian Wheelchair Rugby team is delighted to be back at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) to continue its training for the 2012 Paralympic Games,” says High Performance Director Andy Van Neutegem. The camp program, devised by Van Neutegem, includes weight training, pool sessions, and high intensity practice sessions. “The facilities and resources are second-to-none and we are confident that our preparation will continue to meet our objective of winning gold in London!”

The five team members from B.C. are Ian Chan and Travis Murao from Richmond, Garett Hickling from Mica Creek, Trevor Hirschfield, originally from Parksville and who now resides in Richmond, and Fabien Lavoie from Vancouver.

“As a proud partner of the Paralympic movement PISE is thrilled to host the Paralympic Canadian Wheelchair Team,” said Andrea Carey, Director of Operations and Community Engagement, PISE. “We recognize what a medal threat the team will be, and hope that their preparation at PISE will help them reach the podium”

The team will be competing in the 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at Richmond, BC from June 21 – 23. The 2012 Paralympic Games take place in London from August 29 – September 9.

For more information on Wheelchair Rugby go to www.cwsa.ca.