August 8, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – As the sports community celebrates the two-year countdown to the 2015 Toronto Para Pan-Am Games, the Canadian wheelchair rugby national team will hold a “red and black” demonstration game for fans and the media. The match will take place today, Thursday, August 8th, at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) in Victoria.
The team is in town for a week-long training camp as they prepare for the IWRF Americas Zone Qualifier in Birmingham, Alabama this October.
“This camp is one more step towards our goal of gold at both the 2014 IWRF World Championships and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “PISE provides the perfect training environment for us to focus on excellence.”
The team will split into two squads for the demonstration game, and will later sign autographs and answer questions for fans. The event is free for all spectators.
According to Orr, the intra-squad match is the highlight of the camp.
“The players love going head to head with one another in front of an audience,” he said. “It’s a great way for fans to get to know wheelchair rugby, and for our team to get a quality competitive opportunity.”
The two teams will include:
Byron Green (Vancouver, BC)
Patrice Dagenais (Embrun, ON)
Fabien Lavoie (Quebec City, QC)
Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB)
Ben Perkins (North Augusta, ON)
Cody Caldwell (Cavan, ON)
Joe Boudreau (Hamilton, ON)
Ian Crowe (Kenora, ON)
Trevor Hirschfield (Parksville, BC)
Patrice Simard (Quebec City, QC)
David Willsie (Dorchester, ON)
Ian Chan (Richmond, BC)
Cory Harrower (Regina, SK)
Yanick Racicot (Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC)
Garett Hickling (Dorchester, ON)
Travis Murao (Vancouver, BC)
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About Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes with a mobility-related disability in at least three limbs. It is a unique sport created by athletes with a disability that combines elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey. Wheelchair rugby was invented in 1977 in Winnipeg, Canada and was originally known as “Murderball” because of its aggressive nature. Today, wheelchair rugby is played in 26 countries and is under development in several more.
About Team Canada
Team Canada has medaled in eight of the ten international events in the history of the sport and is consistently ranked in the top three in the world. Their best finish—gold at the 2002 World Championships—was caught on tape in the Academy award-nominated documentary “Murderball.” Canada won silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
1995: 2nd – World Ch., Nottwil, SUI
1996: 2nd – Paralympics, Atlanta, GA, USA
1998: 3rd – World Ch., Toronto, ON, CAN
2000: 4th – Paralympics, Sydney, AUS
2002: 1st – World Ch., Gothenburg, SWE
2004: 2nd – Paralympics, Athens, GRE
2006: 3rd – World Ch., Christchurch, NZL
2008: 3rd – Paralympics, Beijing, CHN
2010: 5th – World Championships, Richmond, CAN
2012 2nd – London 2012 Paralympic Games