(Victoria, BC) – The media and the public is invited to watch members of Canada’s wheelchair rugby squad face off in an exhibition game at the new Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Special Abilities (CARSA) at the University of Victoria on May 7th. This is the first game to be played at CARSA, the brand new showcase athletics and recreation facility at UVic – and it is the last time that the team will be together in Canada before wheelchair rugby makes its debut at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games in August.
“We are proud to host Canada’s wheelchair rugby team as one of our first major games inside our newly opened CARSA facility,” said Clint Hamilton, Director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation. “We are also excited to be the hosts of the team’s final games on home soil before they head off to the Pan American Games in Toronto and look forward to welcoming the teams and the many fans and supporters this weekend.”
The exhibition game is part of a ten-day training camp that will decide who will compete for Team Canada at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.
Among the Parapan Am hopefuls are several athletes with Vancouver Island connections, including:
Miranda Biletski (Victoria, BC): Last year, Miranda became the first woman to compete in a gold medal wheelchair rugby game at a major international event at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. She recently moved to Victoria to go to school and train.
Byron Green (Vancouver, BC): Byron is originally from Comox. In addition to training full-time as a wheelchair rugby athlete, he also works as an engineer.
Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC): Trevor was raised in Parksville and considers it his hometown. He is the co-captain of Team Canada and is considered one of the best athletes of his position in the world.
The match will take place on May 7th at 7 pm at CARSA. Parking is available in the Parkade off McKenzie Avenue or in parking lots off Gabriola road. Entry is free and the publicand media are welcome. Athletes and coaching staff will be available for interviews after the game, as well as throughout the training camp (May 3 – 13).