September 18 - From an email from the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association on behalf of Wheelchair Rugby's Team Canada:
It wasn't the game we wanted. Despite being ranked as high as #1 in the world this year, Canada is going home without a Paralympic medal. As our Paralympic journey comes to an end, we want to say thank you to the friends and family who have made the trip here and have lifted us up with big heads and flags and costumes; to the fans back home who have cheered us on with social media messages, emails, and fan art; to the athletes, coaches, trainers and support staff back home who push us to get better; to Sport Canada and Own the Podium; to everyone who got up early on a Sunday to watch our final game. We truly believe that Team Canada has the best fans in the world, and we're so grateful for each and every one of you.
From all of us to all of you: Thank you. Merci. Obrigado.
September 16 - Team Canada won their first game at the Rio Paralympics against Brazil in a game played on Wednesday September 14th with a score of 62 to 48.
And on September 15th, in a thrilling game that went into overtime, team captain Trevor Hirschfield scored with 0.9 seconds left on the clock to beat Great Britain with a score of 50 to 49, officially qualifying the team into the semi-finals! Congratulations to Team Canada.
Read about that game here.
And read more here:
Canadian Edges Britain in Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Overtime Thriller from the Salmon Arm Observer
Madell, Hirschfield Cap OT Thriller from the CBC website (scroll down to read and watch video)
Fun Loving Tough Guy is Leader of the Pack from the Toronto Observer
Canada Edges Britain In Wheelchair Rugby from the Hamilton Spectator
GB Wheelchair Rugby Squad Pipped By Canada from the Ilford Recorder (United Kingdom)
Wheelchair Rugby Pioneer Speaks Out from myKawartha.com > Peterborough, Ontario news
Canada Improves to 2-0 At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games from the Comox Valley Record
The next game gets underway today at 3:15 pm and you can watch livestream on the internet at the CBC website as Team Canada battles Team Australia. Semi-finals get underway on Saturday, September 17th.
Find out more about some of Team Canada's wheelchair athletes here:
Trevor Hirschfield - No Train No Gain YouTube video from CBC Sports
Zak Madell - Beautiful Bodies YouTube video from CBC Sports
Zak Madell - My Moment YouTube video from CBC Sports
Trevor Hirschfield - Beautiful Bodies YouTube video from CBC Sports
Paralympian Trevor Hirschfield, Wheelchair Rugby YouTube video from Accessible Media
ParaTough Training Series: Explosive Strength Training with Canada's Wheelchair Rugby Team YouTube video from CDNParalympics
September, 2016 - Local 258 IBEW is proud to be a strong supporter and an official sponsor of Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby Team now in Rio de Janeiro preparing to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games that got underway with opening ceremonies on September 7th.
Member Bob Hirschfield from Vancouver Island has been the team’s equipment manager for many years, and his son Trevor is co-captain of the team.
The first game gets underway on September 14th and will be live broadcast on the internet. Click here to watch.
The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association has acknowledged Local 258 IBEW’s support in an email sent to supporters at the end of August. Our union logo also appears on the Canada Cup website and on the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association website.
“We’d like to give a huge thank you to Local 258 IBEW, which is becoming a huge part of the Canadian Wheelchair rugby family. Their support has given us an important – and top secret! – edge leading into Rio 2016. Thanks to Local 258 IBEW, we were able to invest in some sports physiology that will pay big dividends in Rio. Doug McKay even visited our camp in person to check out our preparations. Thanks Local 258 IBEW!”
To help cheer on the team, please visit the following on-line resources (and remember Rio is four hours ahead of Pacific time):
Team Canada Wheelchair Rugby Game Schedule
Latest Scores & Updates
CBC Television Broadcast Schedule
LIVESTREAM ON THE INTERNET
Wheelchair Rugby Canada Facebook Page
Wheelchair Rugby Canada Instagram
Wheelchair Rugby Twitter
Published in the July 2016 issue of the Hotline, Local 258 IBEW’s member magazine:
Brother Bob Hirschfield, a long time member of Local 258 IBEW, is an integral member of Team Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby team and together with his son Trevor, who leads the team as their Captain, and Bob’s wife Marilyn, the Hirschfield family’s contribution to the success of Team Canada in this exhilarating international wheelchair sport cannot be underestimated. When Local 258 IBEW was asked if we could help support the team through an event sponsorship, our membership voted overwhelmingly in favour at Unit meetings that took place in March.
As Team Canada’s volunteer equipment manager, Brother Bob Hirschfield is right there on the bench with this medal-winning group of high performing athletes – and his role involves much more than maintaining the team’s sport wheelchairs. He not only plays an active role in helping prepare and support the athletes before, during and after intense competitions and practices, he can be seen at the games rushing out onto the floor to change tires, uprighting the athletes when they get knocked over and using his secret weapon, all-purpose duct tape, to make quick equipment repairs! Bob has been called a “one-man pit crew” by his son, Trevor.
Bob was always involved as a dad with coaching Trevor in any sport he participated in, and nothing changed when Trevor became a quadriplegic at the young age of 16. Encouraged by “Bobby”, as he calls his dad, Trevor got hooked on wheelchair sports. Years of practice and competition eventually led to Trevor making Canada’s national wheelchair rugby team in 2006 and Bob has been there with him all the way. Eventually, Bob’s support turned into becoming the team’s equipment manager and in 2012 Bob and Trevor marched together with the team at the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games in London, England.
Trevor was recently named Sport BC’s Athlete with a Disability of the Year, the second time he has been awarded. He has also been named the “Allianz Athlete of the Month” in August 2015 by the International Paralympic Committee for his role in Team Canada’s gold medal win at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
The 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament took place at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC, from June 24th to 26th. Team Canada played with a lot of heart but were unable to medal, coming fourth in the competition won by Team USA.
Team Canada now goes to training camp on Vancouver Island to make final preparations before heading to compete in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in August.
Local 258 IBEW has also entered into a partnership agreement for 2016 to be an official sponsor of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association that governs wheelchair rugby in Canada.
Photos from the Canada Cup International Tournament that took place in Richmond in June 2016: