Canada Cup wheelchair rugby: Canucks finish fourth after losing to U.S.

A disappointing week for Canada ended with a 56-53 loss against the United States on Sunday at the 2016 Canada Cup international wheelchair rugby tournament.

The loss left Canada in fourth place with a 3-3 record. It’s the first time the top-ranked Canadians have failed to win a medal in the 12-year history of the Canada Cup tournament.

The second-ranked U.S. finished 6-0 to win the gold. Australia (5-1) claimed silver while Japan (4-2) was third.

Canada struggled to maintain intensity against the aggressive Americans. The Canadians were quickly down by two and finished the half trailing 31-27.

Read more at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/canada-cup-wheelchair-rugby-canucks-fourth-loss-us-1.3653747

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Saskatchewan’s first provincial ParaSport relay begins

Starting today, 14 athletes will be relaying a dream catcher 363 kilometres across Saskatchewan.

The group is travelling from Prince Albert to Regina in 10 days and stopping at communities along the way to raise awareness about ParaSports and how people can get involved.

The Saskatchewan ParaSport Tour Dream Relay was started by Paralympic cross-country skier Colette Bourgonje.

“We have visually impaired athletes, amputee athletes and people in wheelchairs making their way to Regina,” said Bourgonje.

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-dream-tour-relay-1.3622711

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Canadian Paralympic Team – Basketball

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!

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“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.”

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Fernandez, Buis seal first Roland Garros titles

Wheelchair tennis crowned two new Grand Slam champions on Saturday when Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Marjolein Buis of Netherlands delivered winning performances at Roland Garros.

For the 22-year-old Fernandez it was three times lucky in hoisting the trophy after defeating reigning Australian Open champion Gordon Reid of Great Britain 76(4) 61. Fernandez had previously been in two Grand Slam finals – at the 2014 Australian and US Opens – but lost both times to Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

Read more at http://www.itftennis.com/news/231012.aspx#bdqIAIfwDp3uJWOx.99

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IWBF PREMIERES “INTRODUCTION TO WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL FOR DEVELOPING NOWBS” PROJECT NEXT MONTH IN INDIA

Hyderabad, India will be the first to host this IWBF initiative from June 22-26, 2016.

Thanks in part to the financial support of the AGITOS Foundation, the IWBF and The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) the initiative will work to deliver four modules covering coaching/player development, classification, officiating and governance.

IWBF is pleased to be working with the WBFI to organize the first course. Madhavi Latha, President of WBFI has been working very hard to prepare for a successful event and we expect to see more than 150 participants over 5 days.

Read more at: http://www.iwbf.org/index.php/2-uncategorised/59-iwbf-premieres-introduction-to-wheelchair-basketball-for-developing-nowbs-project-next-month-in-india

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