(RICHMOND, BC – June 26) After a 56-53 loss to the USA, Canada finished the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in fourth place. This is the first time that Team Canada has not won a medal at the Canada Cup in the tournament’s 12-year history.
USA’s perfect record earned it the gold medal. Australia and Japan claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Despite the loss, Coach Kevin Orr was proud of his team’s effort.
"I'm proud of the way the guys showed up today,” he said. “We need to learn to play every team like we play the Americans. We don't want to lose, but I give the guys credit for rebounding like they did and playing with a lot of heart."
From the opening tip off, Canada struggled offensively against the aggressive Americans. They were quickly down by two, and finished the half at 31-27.
In the second half, however, Canada rallied. Spurred on by the hard hits of Mike Whitehead, Canada mounted an impressive comeback that brought the score to within 1. Unfortunately, the effort was too little too late. Canada finished the game down 56-53.
Next, Team Canada will head to a training camp on Vancouver Island to make final preparations before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Wheelchair rugby will take place from Sept. 14th – 18th at the Carioca Arena 1 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.