(Richmond, BC) – Canada will play for gold tomorrow against their biggest rivals, the Americans, at the 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.
The rivalry between the two teams was made famous by the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.”
The last time the two squads met, during the final round-robin game of the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, the USA beat Canada by one point to knock them out of medal contention in a game that many believe to be the best game ever played in the sport. Now, Canada will look for a rematch on home soil heading into the London 2012 Paralympics.
After beating Japan 57-54 in the semi-finals, Head Coach Kevin Orr said that though he was proud of his team’s performance, Canada wouldn’t be satisfied with anything but gold.
“We were firing on all cylinders against Japan,” said Orr. “We’d struggled with mental lapses earlier in the tournament, but we finally gelled and have gained a lot of confidence. Now it’s time to show the Americans what we can do.”
Kevin Orr is no stranger to the USA’s game. He was America’s coach in the “Murderball” documentary, but was recruited to Team Canada in 2010.
The 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is the most elite wheelchair rugby competition outside of the Paralympics or World Championships. This year, all eight teams competing at the London 2012 Paralympics are in attendance, making Canada Cup the last stop before London.
The gold medal game will take place at 2 pm PST at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Japan and Australia will play for bronze at 12 pm PST. All games will be webcast.
For more information, including French translation, game stats, photos and recaps, please visit www.canadacupwcrugby.com.
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ABOUT CANADA CUP:
The Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is the most elite wheelchair rugby event after the World Championships and Paralympics. Since 2004, it has been hosted biannually by BC Wheelchair Sports Association. The 2012 Canada Cup will be held from June 21 - 23 at the Richmond Olympic Oval and will feature all eight teams competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. As the last stop before the London, the stakes will be particularly high this year as teams battle for the mental edge. For more information, please visit www.canadacupwcrugby.com.
ABOUT WHEELCHAIR RUGBY: Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes with a physical disability that affects at least three limbs. This physically demanding full-contact team sport is played indoors on a hardwood basketball court between two teams of four players. It is a unique sport that combines some elements of basketball, handball, and ice hockey. Wheelchair rugby was created in Canada in 1977 by a group of athletes with a disability in Manitoba and was originally known as “murderball.”