MEDIA ADVISORY - Canada's women's and men's wheelchair basketball teams going for gold in Rio

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Both Canada's men's and
women's wheelchair basketball teams will be vying for gold on Saturday, August
18 at the Parapanamerican Games.
    Playing in a round-robin format, Canada's women's team handily beat El
Salvador 66-14 on Friday to ensure themselves a berth in the gold medal match.
They play the United States, the only team that has beaten the Canucks in the
round-robin. Canada is vowing to avenge for the 57-43 loss to the United
States tomorrow.
    Playing in a pool format, Canada's men's basketball team downed Argentina
72-30 in the men's semi-final to advance to the final. Canada will play the
winner of the Brazil-United States game scheduled for later tonight. The men's
team is undefeated but has yet to play the United States.
    Both the men's and women's teams have earned a spot at the Beijing 2008
Paralympic Summer Games. The top four women's teams in the Parapanamerican
Games and the top three in the men's are eligible for the Beijing Games.

    Details of the gold medal games follow:

    Women's final: Saturday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic time
    Men's final: Saturday, August 18 at 8:45 p.m. Atlantic time

    Women's team roster

    Elaine Allard (Montreal, QC/Laval, QC)
    Chantal Benoit (Beloeil, QC/Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC)
    Jessica Des Mazes (Kamloops, BC/Burnaby, BC)
    Lisa Franks (Moose Jaw, SK/Saskatoon, SK)
    Katie Harnock (Kitchener, ON/Elmira, ON)
    Jennifer Krempien (St. Albert, AB/Richmond, BC)
    Kendra Ohama (Brooks, AB/Calgary, AB)
    Cindy Ouellet (Rivière-du-Loup, QC/Quebec, QC)
    Sabrina Pettinicchi (Montreal, QC/Charters Settlement, NB)
    Lori Radke (Wetaskiwin, AB/Calgary, AB)
    Misty Thomas (California, USA/Vancouver, BC)
    Elisha Williams (Prince George, BC/Prince George, BC)

    Men's team roster

    Patrick Anderson (Edmonton, ON/Vancouver BC)
    Bradley Bowden (Mississauga, ON/Orton, ON)
    David Durepos (Fredericton, NB/Charters Settlement, NB)
    David Eng (Montreal, QC/Montreal, QC)
    Robert Hedges (Fort St. John, BC/Burnaby, BC)
    Adam Lancia (Scarborough, ON/Scarborough, ON)
    Ross Norton (Calgary, AB/Edmonton, AB)
    Richard Peter (Duncan, BC/Vancouver, BC)
    Yvon Rouillard (Montreal, QC/Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)
    Corey Smith (Ottawa, ON/Ottawa, ON)
    Chris Stoutenburg (Collingwood, ON/Collingwood, ON)
    Brandon Wagner (Kitchener, ON/Burlington, ON)

    (xx)  The first city in brackets is the athlete's city of birth and the
          second is his/her current city of residence.



    If you would like to interview any of the members of Canada's wheelchair
basketball teams by phone from Brazil following the gold medal games, please
contact Norma Reveler by email at, by phone at
0115521-2007-9759 or by cell at 0115521-8883-4857.

For further information:

For further information: Norma Reveler, Senior Coordinator,
Communications, (011) 5521 2007 9759 (no set office hours), Cell phone in Rio:
(011) 5521 8883 4857,

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