Canada’s 7-a-side football team: CPC
(July 23, 2015 – OTTAWA, ONT.) — Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the 14 players selected for nomination to represent Canada in 7-a-side football at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games set for August 7-14.
The Canadians are coming off a 10th place finish at the World Championships in London. They posted a record of three wins and three losses at the tournament and received several exceptional performances including from Trevor Stiles of Victoria who scored Canada’s last six goals.
The 7-a-side football promises to be one of the fiercest competitions at the Games because many of the top countries are from the Americas including worlds bronze medallist Brazil, the U.S. and Argentina.
“The players and staff are looking forward to this great competition, and the fact that it is on home soil in Toronto makes this a very exciting opportunity to compete and bring home a medal for Canada,” said Canada’s head coach Drew Ferguson.
“The competition will be very stiff, as three of the teams we are competing against are in the top 7 teams in the world, but we will be prepared to compete for a podium position. This is also a great opportunity to promote the sport of 7 a-side football here in Canada.”
The players in football 7-a-side have cerebral palsy or a similar neurological disorder. There are no off-side rules and matches are 60 minutes (30 per half). There are four classifications and each side must maintain a line-up featuring players with varying levels of impairments.
“Our football 7-a-side team shows consistent progression year after year,” said Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young. “It is going to be exciting to see them play some of the top teams in the world at the Games.”
“Congratulations to the members named today to Canada’s Football-7-A-Side Team for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. We look forward to being inspired by their performances as they wear the maple leaf on home soil during this Year of Sport in Canada,” said The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
With a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count, Canada is expected to send approximately 220 athletes to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15. Qualification is ongoing and the full team will be officially announced in July 2015.
Team Canada SEVEN-A-SIDE FOOTBALL- Toronto2015 Parapan American Games
(Name, hometown, position)
Damien Wojtiw, Etobicoke, Ont. goalkeeper
Liam Stanley, Victoria, middle
Matt Gilbert, Ajax, Ont., defender
John Phillips, Tiny Beaches, Ont., defender
Samuel Charron, Ottawa, middle
Lucas Bruno, Calgary, defender
Dustin Hodgson, Vancouver, defender
Vito Proietti Montreal, forward
Trevor Stiles, Victoria, middle
Kyle Payne, Corner Brook, N.L., defender
Matt Brown, Fraserville, Ont., defender
Nick Heffernan, London, Ont., defender
Cory Johnson, Strathmore, Alta., goalkeeper
Joe Resendes, Port Moody, B.C., goalkeeper
Head coach: Drew Ferguson
Assistant coach: Doug Lusk
Goalkeeper coach: Don Ferguson
Sport physiologist: Donna Perry
Athletic therapist: Michelle Beckles