Five BC Athletes Nominated to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Wheelchair Rugby Team

(Toronto, ON) – Five BC-based athletes were nominated to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games wheelchair rugby team today. Wheelchair rugby will be making its Parapan Am debut this August. Stakes are high for the Canadians, who are currently ranked second in the world. To win a berth into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, they will have to defeat their rival, Team USA (#3).

The B.C. athletes named to the team are:

Miranda Biletksi (Victoria, BC): Biletski is the sole female athlete on the team. Originally from Regina, she moved to Victoria to attend university and train.

Byron Green (Vancouver, BC): In addition to his heavy training schedule, Green also works as an engineer.

Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC): Hirschfield is the co-captain of Team Canada and is considered one of the best athletes of his class in the world. Originally from Parksville, he now resides in Vancouver with his fiancée.

Travis Murao (Vancouver, BC):  Murao was named to the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament All Star team last year, establishing him as one of the top mid-point athletes on the team.

Fabien Lavoie (Vancouver, BC): Originally from Quebec City, Fabien moved to Vancouver to train several years ago. He is considered one of the most aggressive players on Team Canada.

Because of its full-contact nature, wheelchair rugby was originally called “murderball” when it was invented in Winnipeg in 1976. Using tank-like wheelchairs, players score by carrying a ball across the opponent’s goal line. To be eligible for the sport, athletes must have impairment in at least three limbs. Both men and women play together.

The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, the fifth edition of the Parapan American Games, will host over 1,600 athletes from 28 countries and take place from Aug. 7 to 15. The complete Canadian Parapan Am team of approximately 220 athletes will be officially announced in July 2015.

TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games tickets are currently on sale. The wheelchair rugby competition will take place at the Mississauga Sports Center. Tickets are available online at TORONTO2015.org/tickets.

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