Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Team Announces Squad Nominated For London
(Montreal, QC) – The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association is pleased to announce the athletes nominated to Canada's Wheelchair Rugby team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games set for August 29 to September 9. The announcement came before the gold medal game of the 2012 Canadian National Championships, which were held at the parasport festival Défi Sportif in Montreal.
The nominated athletes were called forward to receive their jerseys and be honoured in front of a crowd of cheering fans. The twelve athletes nominated for the squad are:
Jared Funk (Niverville, MB)
Patrice Dagenais (Embrun, ON)
Trevor Hirschfield (Parksville, BC)
Jason Crone (Owen Sound, ON)
Patrice Simard (Quebec City, QC)
Travis Murao (Richmond, BC)
David Willsie (Dorchester, ON)
Ian Chan (Vancouver, BC)
Fabien Lavoie (Quebec City, QC)
Mike Whitehead (Harrow, ON)
Garett Hickling (Kelowna, BC)
Zak Madell (Edmonton, AB)
Erika Schmütz (Windsor, ON) was nominated as the first alternate.
The athletes selected form a well-rounded team, from Garett Hickling – who is taking part in his fifth Paralympic Games – to 18-year-old phenom Zak Madell, who is in Grade 12 at Holy Trinity Academy and has only been playing wheelchair rugby for a year.
“There is a great deal of wheelchair rugby talent in Canada, but we believe that these twelve athletes are our best chance for gold in London,” said Andy Van Neutegem, High Performance Director for the Canadian wheelchair rugby program. “We look forward to working with the Canadian Paralympic Committee to confirm these nominations and move forward to a successful summer.”
The next major test for Team Canada will be the 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, which will be held in Richmond, BC from June 21 – 23.
For more information or to schedule a media interview, please contact:
Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Communications Coordinator