(Richmond, BC) – Eleven-year-old Josh Dyck is no stranger to setting Canadian records. At age 3, a car accident left him a quadriplegic, making him the youngest person in Canadian history to survive a spinal cord injury of that level. This weekend, however, Josh will be recognized for setting a more positive record. At the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Josh will be formally named Canada’s youngest wheelchair rugby player.
For the past year, Josh has been playing wheelchair rugby with the Kelowna KO’s along with his mother, who became a paraplegic in the same accident. For the mother-son duo, wheelchair rugby has been a way to share their love of sports as a family.
“Josh has made an amazing recovery,” said Josh's coach and teammate Randy LeBlanc. “He absolutely loves wheelchair rugby and it’s helping him become stronger and more independent.”
At the 2014 Canada Cup, Josh will have a chance to finally meet his hero: Canadian wheelchair rugby legend Garett Hickling, who is also from Kelowna. Garett has been on the national team for over 20 years and was the Opening Ceremonies flagbearer at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The 2014 Canada Cup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament welcomes eight of the top wheelchair rugby teams in the world to the Richmond Olympic Oval from June 19-21. The Canada Cup, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the most prestigious wheelchair rugby tournament in the world besides the Paralympics and World Championships.
The Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Canada Cup will take place on Thursday, June 19th at 11:30 am at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Canada will play Denmark at noon, then will play New Zealand at 7 pm. For full schedule, visit www.canadacupwcrugby.com