2009 IBSA Pan American Games and IBSA World Youth and Student Championships

    Canadian athletes will compete in Athletics, Goalball and Judo

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, July 16 /CNW/ - Canadian Blind Sports is pleased to
announce Team Canada for the 2009 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
Pan American Games and IBSA World Youth and Student Championships. The events
run simultaneously beginning today with Goalball and continue through Sunday
July 19th in Colorado Springs, Colorado where they are hosted by the United
States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). 33 Canadian athletes who are
blind or visually impaired will compete in Athletics, Goalball, and Judo and
will be supported by a total of 25 coaches, guide runners, physiotherapists,
and mission staff. Combined, the 2 events boast a field of 26 Nations with
well over 300 participants.
    Leading Team Canada is Chef de Mission Tony Badger who brings a wealth of
experience having partaken in past games as both an athlete and staff member.
Tony is a former 2 sport Paralympian, who competed in Athletics at the 1984
Paralympics and 1986 World Championships, and Goalball in the 1988 Paralympics
and 1990 World Championships. He also has an extensive history in sport
administration having been Canadian Blind Sports Program Coordinator from
1989-91, Technical Director from 1991-92, as well as having served on the
Executive Committee from 2003-06.
    "I am looking forward to the games in Colorado Springs as they provide an
excellent opportunity for the juniors to compete against the worlds best,"
said Badger. "Our team is comprised of multi-game veterans and athletes
representing Canada for the first time. It is my experience that competitions
such as this can help develop an athlete but more importantly develop the
    Serving as his Assistant Chef is Mike Lonergan, who has been the Program
Director of BC Blind Sports since 2000, and who also brings a wealth of
experience having served in a variety of roles at major games in the past.
Most recently, Mike served as Team Manager for Canada at the previous IBSA Pan
American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2005. He was also a member of Canadian
Blind Sports Mission Staff at the 2003 IBSA World Championships in Quebec, and
served as Head Coach for the World Cross-Country Championships in 1995.
    Mike states that "the IBSA World Youth and Student Championships are an
outstanding opportunity for our athletes to experience international
competition in a disability specific setting. The IBSA Pan American Games are
an important competition for our national athletes as they progress towards
upcoming IBSA and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World championships
that lead to the London Paralympics in 2012."
    Athletics Canada is sending 7 athletes to compete at the Pan American
Games and 2 juniors to compete at the World Youth and Student Championships.
Canadians will compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4 X 400m relay
races, as well as the long jump, high jump, shot put, and discuss events. The
Canadian athletics roster features some impressive names who have won medals
at the Paralympics and World Championships as well as some new athletes who
look to follow in the path of their peers at future games. The athletics
events are scheduled to begin Friday July 17th at 18:15 and run through
Saturday the 18th at 20:00 hrs.
    Canadian Blind Sports is sending the maximum 4 Goalball Teams to compete
in the dual events; Canada will have teams in both the men's and women's
Goalball competitions of both the Pan American Games and World Youth and
Student Championships. The Goalball competition begins first starting Thursday
the 16th and runs all-day everyday until the finals on the afternoon of Sunday
the 19th.
    Goalball fans around the world can listen to the live play-by-play
commentary provided by Bill Teale on the Audio Network. More information, as
well as a games schedule, and a link is available at
    Canadian Blind Sports National Women's Goalball Team is competing in the
Pan American Games in a bid to qualify for the 2010 IBSA World Goalball
Championships in Sheffield, England. The Team recently finished 2nd to the
reigning Paralympic Champions USA at 2009 Malmo Lady Intercup in Sweden, and
their current roster features 3 Beijing Paralympians as well as 2 newcomers.
They will face Brazil and the USA in a double round-robin, and as the US
Women's Goalball team has already qualified the winner of Canada - Brazil will
qualify for the World Championships.
    Canadian Blind Sports National Men's Goalball Team has already qualified
for the 2010 IBSA Goalball World Championships by finishing in the top half
(5/12) at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. The National Team Coaching Staff
elected to take 4 National Team Pool Athletes ( 2 are Paralympians,) with an
emphasis on developing the athletes by allowing them maximum playing time at
an international competition. In the PanAm men's bracket they will face
Argentina, Brazil, and the US in a double round-robin.
    Canadian Blind Sports National Team Coaching staff evaluated the top
Junior Goalball athletes at both the 2009 National Goalball Championships and
2009 Junior Goalball Championships, and has compiled impressive teams to
compete in the IBSA World Youth and Student Championships. Both teams are 6
athletes deep and feature a mix players who have competed in past World Youth
and Student Championships as well as athletes who will receive their first
taste of international competition. The Jr Men will play Bolivia, Germany,
Kuwait, Russia, and the US in a round-robin while the Jr Women will play
Germany, Russia, and the US in a double round-robin format. For several of the
athletes this is their last chance to compete in a World Youth and Student
Championships and both teams will be bringing their best as they look towards
the top of the podium.
    Judo Canada is sending 3 athletes to compete in 60kg, 81kg, and 100kg+
divisions of the Pan American Games. The Judo competition is scheduled for
13:00 through 19:00 on Saturday the 18th.
    Unfortunately no Canadian Swimmers were able to make the competition
because the timing conflicts with an important competition at home.
    Canadian Blind Sports will be providing regular results updates and daily
recaps with photos at www.canadianblindsports.ca starting July 16th.

                                 TEAM CANADA


    IBSA Pan American Games

    Richard Carr, 100m, High Jump (Port Elgin, ON)
    Jason Dunkerley, 1500m, 4 X 400m (Ottawa, ON)
    Jon Dunkerley, 400m, 4 X 400m (Ottawa, ON)
    Noella Klawitter, 100m, 400m, 800m (Carleton Place, ON)
    Courtney Knight, Shot Put, Discuss (Burnaby, BC)
    Stuart McGregor, 400m, 800m, 4 X 400m (Ottawa, ON)
    Dustin Walsh, 400m, 4 X 400m (New Westminster, BC)
    Greg Dailey, Guide Runner for Jason Dunkerley (St. George, ON)
    Evan Porter, Guide Runner for Richard Carr (Port Elgin, ON)
    Steven Walters, Guide Runner for Dustin Walsh (Surrey, BC)
    Sean Young, Guide Runner John Dunkerley (Ennismore, ON)

    Bruce Pirnie, Head Coach (Winnipeg, MB)
    Nathalie Cote, Asst. Coach (Ottawa, ON)
    Alix Cote-Tremblay, Physio (Stukely-Sud, QC)

    IBSA World Youth and Student Championships

    Courtney Johnson, 100m, 200m, Long Jump (Toronto, ON)
    Brandon King, 200m, 400m (Brampton,ON)

    Marqus Daniels, Guide Runner for Courtney Johnson (Brantford, ON)
    Faye Blackwood, Asst. Coach (Toronto, ON)

    Canadian Blind Sports - Goalball

    IBSA Pan American Games - Canadian Men's Goalball Team

    Tyler Burk (Ottawa, On)
    Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver, BC)
    Bruno Hache (Dorval, QC)
    Simon Tremblay (Quebec, QC)

    Danny Snow, Head Coach (Calgary, AB)
    Robert Lebel, Asst. Coach (Vancouver, BC)
    Isabelle Trottier, Physio (Quebec, QC)

    IBSA Pan American Games - Canadian Women's Goalball Team

    Whitney Burk (Ottawa, ON)
    Amy Kneebone (Charlottetown, PEI)
    Annette Lisabeth (Langton, ON)
    Shawn Marsolais (New Westminster, BC)
    Nancy Morin (Longueuil, QC)
    Janice Dawson, Head Coach (Calgary, AB)
    Annie Pouliot, Asst. Coach (Quebec, QC)
    Marie-Claire Holland, Physio (Ottawa, ON)

    IBSA World Youth and Student Championships

    Canadian JR Men's Goalball Team

    Clement Chou (Vancouver, BC)
    Aron Grebreyohannes (Calgary, AB)
    Dylan Johnson (Madoc, ON)
    Paul McKnight (Calgary, AB)
    Aaron Prevost (Brantford, ON)
    John Tee (Vancouver, BC)

    Darren Hamilton, Co-Coach, (Calgary, AB)
    Trent Farebrother, Co-Coach, (Red Deer, AB)

    IBSA World Youth and Student Championships

    Canadian JR Women's Goalball Team

    Ashlie Andrews (Penticton, BC)
    Tiana Knight (Calgary, AB)
    Stephannie Leach (London, ON)
    Angel Lu-Lebel (Vancouver, BC)
    Cassie Orgeles (St. Catherines, ON)
    Tanya Peterson (Calgary, AB)

    Carol Braul, Head Coach (Calgary, AB)
    Cherie Lu, Asst. Coach (Vancouver, BC)


    Pan American Games

    Justin Karn, 60 kg, (Kitchener, ON)
    Alexander Radoman, 81 kg, (Brantford, ON)
    Tim Rees, 100 kg +, (Waterloo, ON)
    Tom Thompson, Coach, (Brantford, ON)
    Guy Sunada, Referee, (Calgary, AB)

    Mission Staff

    Tony Badger, Chef de Mission (Saskatoon, SK)
    Mike Lonergan, Asst. Chef de Mission (New Westminster, BC)
    Matt Morrow, Media Liaison (Vancouver, BC)
    Lorna Snow, Chaperone JR Goalball (Calgary, AB)

    Canadian Blind Sports is the recognized national sports organization for
Goalball in Canada and advocates within the sport system on behalf of
Canadians who are blind/visually impaired.

    Goalball is a fast-paced, Paralympic sport played by athletes who have a
visual impairment or who are blind. Played three on three, on a volley-ball
size court, players track the ball by sound as they throw and defend
blistering shots upwards of 80 kilometers per hour.

    For more information on the Canadian Blind Sports Association and the
Paralympic Sport of Goalball please visit: www.canadianblindsports.ca.

For further information:

For further information: media inquiries, or to set up interviews please
contact: Team Canada Media Liaison, Matt Morrow, Canadian Blind Sports,
Participation Director, Communications, (604) 812-6786 mobile, (604) 410-0480
office, matt@canadianblindsports.ca

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