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Canada’s youngest wheelchair rugby player to meet heroes at Canada Cup wheelchair rugby tournament

RICHMOND, BC — Eleven-year-old Josh Dyck is no stranger to setting Canadian records.

At age 3, a car accident left him a quadriplegic, making him the youngest person in Canadian history to survive a spinal cord injury of that level. This weekend, Josh will be recognized for setting a more positive record. At the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Josh will be formally named Canada’s youngest wheelchair rugby player.

Wheelchair rugby does not have a junior program, but that hasn’t stopped young Josh. For the past year, Josh has been playing wheelchair rugby with the Kelowna KOs, along with his mother, who became a paraplegic in the same accident.  For the mother-son duo, wheelchair rugby has been a way to share their love of sports as a family.

“Josh has made an amazing recovery, and with some work, could have a promising future in this sport ,” said Kelowna wheelchair rugby athlete, Coach and community champion, Randy LeBlanc. “He absolutely loves wheelchair rugby, and it’s helping him become stronger and more independent.  He’s very coachable, and the encouragement his parents, Wes and Berni, share has really brought a whole new level of support to our team.”

At the 2014 Canada Cup, Josh will have a chance to finally meet his hero: Canadian wheelchair rugby legend Garett Hickling, who is also from Kelowna.  Garett has been on the national team for more than 20 years and was the Opening Ceremonies flag bearer at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The 2014 Canada Cup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament welcomes eight of the top wheelchair rugby teams in the World to the Richmond Olympic Oval, June 19-21. The Canada Cup, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the most prestigious wheelchair rugby tournament in the world besides the Paralympics and World Championships.        For more info, visit www.canadacupwcrugby.com.

About Wheelchair Rugby:    Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes with a mobility-related disability in at least three limbs. It is a unique sport created by athletes with a disability that combines elements of basketball, handball and ice hockey. Invented in 1977 in Winnipeg, it was originally known as ‘Murderball’. Today, wheelchair rugby is played in 26 countries and is under development in several more.

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