(Richmond, BC – June 23rd) Team Canada claimed a 54-44 win over Sweden today to kick off its 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament campaign.
Though Canada started strong, Sweden brought the game back to a 26-26 tie at halftime. To start the third, Coach Orr subbed in Zak Madell, Miranda Biletski, Mike Whitehead and Trevor Hirschfield. The lineup quickly forced four turnovers to build a lead. Canada never looked back, finishing the game with a double-digit lead.
“We knew that Sweden was going to be strong,” said Coach Orr after the game. “We let our foot off the gas a bit in the second, but we were able to regroup and come together to get the win.”
Tomorrow will be the most difficult day for Team Canada. They will play against Great Britain at noon, then Japan at 7 pm.
“It’s going to be a battle,” said Orr. “We match up well against Great Britain, so we’ll need to come out fighting and work hard for every possession. It’s time to start proving ourselves for Rio.”
Elsewhere in Canada Cup action, the USA eked out a 50-48 win over Great Britain in the final 7 seconds of the game. Australia beat Japan 63-58.
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BC Wheelchair Sports Association | Wheelchair Rugby Canada
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About Canada Cup
Canada Cup is hosted every two years by BC Wheelchair Sports Association and Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association. It is the most prestigious wheelchair rugby tournament outside of the World Championships or Paralympic Games. This year, Canada Cup will welcome the seven of the top teams in the world in the final stop before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Canada Cup is supported by the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, viaSport, the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation, Local 258 IBEW, the Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond Sport Hosting, and many other partners.
The webcast for the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is powered by viaSport. viaSport Media is the content creation and production arm of viaSport British Columbia, tasked with increasing the exposure, recognition and power of amateur-level sport across the province and the world. The goal driving viaSport Media is to offer a broad range of online programming - live-streamed events, interviews, commentary and more - bringing amateur sport coverage into every home across the province. To learn more visit www.viasport.ca.