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Nathan Bragg: Athletes to Watch at the 2012 Canada Cup

Wondering who the impact players are at Canada Cup? Nathan Bragg breaks it all down for you!

Aaron Phipps GB: The mobile 3.5 has been a catalyst for the British attack as of late, and will certainly
look to come out hot tomorrow and light up the scoreboard. Combines great straight-line speed with near
unmatched agility. The former marathoner will be looking to make his mark on the Oval floor after missing
out on inclusion in the 2010 team.

Jessica Kruger: It's Canada Cup Time!

Canada Cup is upon us and it is time to show the world exactly
what we are made of. So pull on your plaid shirt, crawl out of your igloo
and get your butts to the Richmond Oval to cheer on our athletes. Seven
other teams from around the world are going to enter the Richmond Oval
and expect to be greeted by warm smiles from our so promoted polite
Canadians—and that is exactly what they are going to get. Let’s lull them
into a false sense of security, let them think that we, just like our iconic and

Nathan Bragg Interviews Nick Springer

Interview with Nick Springer 2.0 of Team USA

Q: First off, how excited are you for the Canada Cup?
A: The Canada Cup is one of the premiere international tournaments, as well as a great
chance to play competition before the Paralympics. In the past they have always put on
a great weekend, all around.

Q: How do you feel the Canada Cup will help you prepare for London?
A: The tournament is a chance to see our competition, as well as brush up before the
big show.

Nathan Bragg Interviews Lars Mertens

On today's blog, Nathan Bragg interviews Belgian athlete Lars Mertens.

Nathan: How are excited are you for the 2012 Canada Cup? How will the Canada Cup help you and your team in your preparations for London?

Lars: We’re really excited to see all the teams we have to play in London. It will be a good test to try new lines. And for me personally, it will be exciting to see the people from Portland, where I trained this year.

Un regard de la préparation de Fabien Lavoie et ses coéquipiers en vue des jeux Paralympiques de Londres

Depuis que je me suis installé a Vancouver, il y aura bientôt un ans pour pouvoir bénéficier d'une meilleur structure d'entraînement et des installations qui on servie durant les jeux d'hiver de 2010.  L'entraînement a été difficile éprouvant, difficile et a exigé plusieurs sacrifice de la part de tout les membres de l'équipe.

Jessica Kruger: What Wheelchair Rugby Means to Me

We're pleased to welcome Jessica Kruger to the 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament Communications team. Not only is Jessica a student at Simon Fraser University specializing in writing and English, but she's also a wheelchair rugby player. Today, Jessica tells us about what wheelchair rugby means to her and what impact it's made on her life. Welcome, Jessica!

Arley McNeney: Are the Paralympics Patronizing?

Note: In order to start discussions on our blog, we will be posting blog content about general topics relating to the Paralympic Sports movement. This blog post comes courtesy of Arley McNeney, who is the Communications Coordinator for the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and also a former wheelchair basketball player. This blog post is reprinted from her blog "Young and Hip."

Travis Murao: Inspirational?

As a wheelchair rugby player, especially on the international stage, someone at some time or another is going to call you inspirational.

Now, you hope and pray that they find you inspiring because of your dedication to the sport and to training or because of the obstacles you’ve overcome in your life. More often than not, however, people will call you inspirational simply because you’re disabled and you are playing a sport. Are other Olympic athletes inspiring to you just because they got out of bed?

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