Three-time Paralympic champion Patrick Anderson might be making his return to the court docket as part of Canada’s wheelchair basketball group for the upcoming Paralympic Video games.
The Canadian males’s and ladies’s groups headed to Tokyo have been introduced on Friday by the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC).
The 43-year-old, who was born in Edmonton and grew up in Fergus, Ont., is returning to competitors after taking a while away from the game.
Anderson gained gold medals in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012, additionally claiming silver in Beijing 2008. He did not compete in Rio 2016, when Canada completed eleventh out of 12 groups.
Bo Hedges (Fort St. John, B.C.) is one other veteran on the boys’s group. The 41-year-old may also be competing in his fourth Video games representing Canada.
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Anderson and Hedges might be joined by Rio 2016 returnees Nik Goncin, Deion Inexperienced, Chad Jassman, Tyler Miller and Jonathan Vermette, and Paralympic debutants Vincent Dallaire, Colin Higgins, Lee Melymick, Blaise Mutware and Garrett Ostepchuk.
“That is what now we have been coaching for, and naturally, I am personally elated to be heading to Tokyo for my second Paralympic Video games,” Goncin mentioned.
Matteo Feriani, the boys’s group head coach, feels assured in Canada’s possibilities of claiming a medal within the sport after a disappointing run in Rio.
“We now have put collectively a wonderful group with a superb stability of veterans and rising expertise,” Feriani mentioned in an announcement. “We’re assured in our potential to compete towards one of the best on the planet as we glance to return to the Paralympic podium in Tokyo.
“Our gamers, coaches and help employees have put in an amazing quantity of effort and time to get ready for these Video games and I stay up for seeing the exhausting work repay.”
Ouellet gives expertise to ladies’s group
Cindy Ouellet is heading to her fourth Paralympic Video games as a member of the Canadian ladies’s wheelchair basketball group.
The 32-year-old, born in Rivière-du-Loup, Que., is one among 5 gamers who competed within the 2016 Rio Video games which can be headed to Tokyo.
Melanie Hawtin, Rosalie Lalonde, Tamara Steeve and Arinn Younger may also intention to enhance on their 2016 marketing campaign, after they misplaced to the Netherlands within the quarter-finals. The Dutch went on to defeat Nice Britain within the bronze medal sport.
They are going to be joined by Sandrin Bérubé, Kady Dandeneau, Danielle DuPlessis, Puisand Lai, Tara Llanes and Élodie Tessier, who will compete in the Video games for the primary time.
“Representing Crew Canada on the worldwide stage is at all times an enormous honour and I am excited to be going to my second Paralympics,” Younger (St. Albert, Alta.) mentioned in an announcement. “Whereas it is going to be a unique expertise from my earlier Video games, I’m wanting ahead to constructing off what we completed in 2019.”
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All however one participant chosen for Tokyo was a part of the ladies’s group for the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Video games after they edged the USA within the gold medal sport.
The Canadian ladies’s wheelchair basketball group earned three consecutive gold medals from the 1992 Barcelona Video games to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, however have but to make it to the rostrum since claiming bronze on the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Marc Antoine Ducharme, head coach of the Canadian ladies’s group, believes within the good stability of expertise and youth.
“With 10 returning gamers from the group that gained gold in Lima 2019 we’re assured within the group heading to Tokyo for the Paralympics,” Ducharme mentioned in an announcement.
“Moreover, the 5 athletes with Paralympic expertise from Rio offers us a superb stability of veterans and younger expertise. I’m happy with all our athletes, coaches, and help employees who’ve labored exhausting by way of difficult circumstances to be ready for these Video games.”
The Canadian ladies’s group will play Australia, Nice Britain, Germany and Japan within the group stage from Aug. 25 to 29. The boys’s group will face South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Colombia and Japan within the group stage from Aug. 26 to Aug. 30.