While a roster is still be announced for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the Canadian wheelchair rugby team and Regina hopeful Britt Mayer knows who they’ll face in the preliminary round after the pool information was announced on April 28.
Canada, who is ranked fifth in the world going into the Games, is in Pool B along with the second-ranked and 2016 Paralympic silver medalists Team USA, No. 4 Great Britain and No. 8 New Zealand.
Pool A consists of the top-ranked and defending Paralympic gold medalists Australia, No. 3 Japan —who defeated Canada in the bronze medal game at the 2016 Games — No. 6 France and No. 7 Denmark.
Wheelchair rugby is scheduled to take play August 25-29. A full competition schedule will be released at a later date.
Read the announcement at wheelchairrugby.ca
It will be an early morning for Canadian wheelchair basketball fans on May 12 as the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is set to announce the official draws for the men’s and women’s basketball teams for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at 6:30 a.m. EST (4:30 p.m. SK time).
Both the men’s and women’s team qualified for Tokyo after medal-winning performances at the 2019 Parapan Am Games. The women earned gold, while the men claimed silver.
Regina’s Nik Goncin was a member the of Parapan Am men’s team and Prince Albert’s Erica Gavel played with the women’s team. Both are hopefuls for their respective team’s Tokyo roster.
Read more on wheelchairbasketball.ca
Athletics Canada has pushed the release of details for the announcement of modified Olympic and Paralympic Trials from May 14 to May 17.
At this time, the Trials are still scheduled for June 24-27 in Montreal and Athletics Canada is working with local authorities to coordinate a safe delivery of the event.
Read more on athletics.ca
The continuing restrictions as a result of COVID-19 have forced Swimming Canada to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Trials scheduled for May 24-28 and instead move them to the June 19-23, replacing the previously scheduled Invitational Qualifier.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, but Swimming Canada says they are looking at options for alternative venues across North America should restrictions in Ontario prohibit the Trials in June.
Read more on swimming.ca