A trip to New Zealand for the Canadian wheelchair rugby team

A trip to New Zealand for the Canadian wheelchair rugby team

Canada's wheelchair rugby team is on the other side of the world, in New Zealand, for one last chance to secure a ticket to the upcoming Paralympic tournament. A long turn that players would have done well without, but it may come in handy in the end.

The Canadians missed the opportunity to confirm their place in Paris during the recent Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. They lost in the Grand Final, with only one place at stake; A setback for the Americans that the players still find difficult to comprehend.

“I've played for a long time, and I've had a lot of painful losses, but this loss hurts,” said Travis Morao, a pillar of the national program for more than a decade. Especially since we were consistent during the tournament and played our worst game at the worst time, in the final.

Canada defeated the United States, the world standard in wheelchair rugby, in the preliminary round before losing 57-51 in the gold medal game.

There are still encouraging signs for Patrice Dagenais, another veteran player on the team. The USA has a large population, a club league, and a high level of competition, and we can see that despite the disadvantages, we can compete with them.

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