Huge congratulations to the following athletes nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Team!
TEAM CANADA MEN
Ben Moronchuk (Edmonton, Alta.)
Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.)
Peter Won (Blackfalds, Alta.)
Assistant Coach – Darrell Nordell (Edmonton, Alta.)
TEAM CANADA WOMEN
Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.)
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games take place September 7 to 18. The wheelchair basketball competition features 12 nations on the men’s side and 10 nations in the women’s division. The hard-hitting action will start for Canada on September 8, when the women open the competition against Great Britain and the men face Spain. Let’s cheer our athletes on – Go Canada!
“With 100 days to go to the Games, it is very exciting to be celebrating our first teams to be nominated today,” said Team Canada’s Chef de Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “I admire the commitment to excellence of our wheelchair basketball teams and I know they will be up for the challenge as they compete against a strong field of nations in Rio. I have great confidence in their ability to deliver outstanding performances.”
“Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball teams are poised to make another push for the podium in Rio in September – with the entire country watching and cheering their every basket,” said Canada’s Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough. “On behalf of Team Canada – 35 million strong – congratulations to all the athletes named today to represent our country and I commend Wheelchair Basketball Canada on their outstanding work in preparing our athletes to shine bright in front of the world.”