/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory/Photo and Video Opportunity - Wheelchair rugby players to be nominated to Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team/

RICHMOND, BC, May 31, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association will announce the wheelchair rugby athletes nominated to the Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team.

Team Canada is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in wheelchair rugby after winning gold at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge.



Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team nomination announcement


Monday, June 6, 2016: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Team nomination announcement & Team Canada jacket presentation
  • Wheelchair rugby national team demonstration and opportunity for media and guests to play wheelchair rugby
  • Interview availability


Richmond Olympic Oval – Level 2, court 1
6111 River Rd, Richmond, B.C. V7C 0A2


Wheelchair rugby athletes nominated to the Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team
Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de Mission, Rio 2016 Canadian Paralympic Team
Andy Van Neutegem, High Performance Director, Wheelchair Rugby Canada
Gail Hamamoto, Board Member, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Special Guests including Hon. Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of the City of Richmond


About the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association

Since 1972, the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association has helped athletes with physical disabilities reach their potential through wheelchair sports. Today, we are the national governing body for wheelchair rugby in Canada. We also administer the Bridging the Gap program, which introduces hundreds of people with disabilities to wheelchair sports every year through Have a Go days, beginner programs, peer mentorship and equipment loans. For more information, please visit www.cwsa.ca.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 27 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca

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SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

For further information: Arley Cruthers, Communications Manager, Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, Cell: 778.788.9091, arley@cwsa.ca; Alison Korn, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Communications, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243 / Cell: 613-298-4927, akorn@paralympic.ca


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