With only a day before the Vancouver Invitational begins, we need to shine a little light on our own provincial club, Team BC. Did we mention we’re only a day away? We’re so excited.
Wheelchair rugby in British Columbia is blossoming. With popular clubs in Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Vancouver, our province is continuing to develop into a hotbed for the sport. Last year, several athletes banded together to create the Vancouver Wheelchair Rugby League. Playing against each other once a month, the league has served to help Vancouver develop and recruit players across the province.
Members of the Canadian national team Byron Green and Ian Chan will be on hand to lead relative newcomers Joel Ewert and Ben Hamilton. Both players have a track record with BC Wheelchair Basketball, and were featured players for the BC club when they faced off at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. In January, Ewert was welcomed to compete at the Wheelchair Rugby Prospects Camp in Toronto where he impressed his way into a spot on the provincial club. You may have noticed him as a highlight of our 2016 winter donations campaign. Look for great things from this hard working athlete.
Also on Team BC will be some longstanding players including Rick Hansen Foundation schools ambassador Jessica Kruger, May 2016 Richmond Oval Athlete of the Month Peter Isherwood, Andrew Davis, Cody Fournie, Ross Macdonald…this team is deep.