Canadian Blind Sports Announces Team Canada for the 2011 IBSA World Youth and Student Championships

July 7, 2011

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(Colorado Springs, Colorado – July 6th, 2011) – Canadian Blind Sports
announces Team Canada for the 2011 International Blind Sports Federation
(IBSA) World Youth and Student Championships which will feature both a
junior men's and junior women's Goalball team, 1 judo athlete, as well 3
coaches, 1 physio, 1 guide and 1 team leader. The 2011 IBSA World
Youth Championships take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado from July
12th – 17th and are open to athletes who are blind or visually impaired
aged 19 and under.

The Canadian Junior Goalball Teams are made up of the top young
athletes coming from 6 provinces including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,
Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and BC. The Goalball group will be travelling
to Colorado 2 days early on July 10th for a mini training camp that will
give the athletes the opportunity to train under Canadian Blind Sports
High Performance Head Coach Janice Dawson and become familiar with their
new teammates who come from other provinces.

At the 2009 IBSA World Youth and Student Championships the Canadian
Men's Team won the silver medal after falling to host team USA in a
thrilling final match. Most of the athletes from that squad are no
longer eligible as the 2011 team features just 1 returnee in Clement
Chou, who will be backed up by teammates Arvin Carandang and Simon
Richard. With just 3 players on the team they will face a stiff
challenge as they compete against teams from Brazil, Germany, Japan,
South Korea, and host nation USA. The 3 junior men come from 3
different provinces and have never played together before, however, the
event will provide them with plenty of court time both in training and
in competition which will aid in their development as athletes.

On the women's side, the 2009 Canadian Team defeated host USA in
overtime to win the bronze at the last IBSA World Youth and Student
Championships. This year's squad boasts 2 Canadian National Team
members, 1 of whom is 1 of 2 Youth Games returnees, and they will be
looking to measure themselves against teams from Germany, Japan, Russia,
and the USA. The experienced trio of Tiana Knight (National Team +
2009 WYSC), Jillian MacSween (National Team), and Ashlie Andrews (2009
WYSC + National Development Team) will join teammates Rima Kaddoura
(National Development Team), Sophie Audet, and Sarah Hargraves.

The Goalball coaching staff is lead by Canadian Blind Sports High
Performance Head Coach Janice Dawson who will be assisted by Natalie
Scott who was the Canadian Women's assistant at the Parapan American
Games in Brazil and currently coaches both the Saskatchewan's men's and
women's teams. The Goalball competition begins Thursday July 14th and
runs through Saturday the 16th with morning and afternoon sessions each
day.

Judo Canada is sending 1 young athlete to take part in the age 13 –
14 junior 64kg+ category as well as his coach and guide. Thirteen year
old James Johnson, coach Lilliam Campos, and guide Mary Johnson all of
Sundridge, Ontario will be representing Canada. The Judo competition
takes place on Saturday July 16th.

Team Leader for Canada is Mike Lonergan who has previously served as
the Assistant Chef de Mission at the 2009 IBSA World Youth and Student
Championships, and more recently as Chef de Mission at the 2011 IBSA
World Championships in Turkey. The Team physiotherapist is Calgary's
Mercedes Louro.

Competition results will be available periodically on www.canadianblindsports.ca and a full release will be sent out after competition.

Team Canada for 2011 IBSA World Youth and Student Championships

Team Leader: Mike Lonergan (New Westminster, BC)

Goalball
High Performance Head Coach: Janice Dawson (Calgary, AB)
Assistant Coach: Natalie Scott: (Saskatoon, SK)
Physiotherapist: Mercedes Louro (Calgary, AB)

Canadian Junior Women's Goalball Team
Ashlie Andrews (Penticton, BC)
Sophie Audet (Montréal, QC)
Sarah Hargraves (Brantford, ON)
Rima Kaddoura (Calgary, AB)
Tiana Knight (Calgary, AB)
Jillian MacSween (Brantford, ON / Halifax, NS)

Canadian Junior Men's Team
Arvin Carandang (Scarborough, Ontario)
Clement Chou (Vancouver, BC)
Simon Richard (Moncton, NB)

Judo
Coach: Lilliam Campos (Sundridge, Ontario)
Athlete: James Johnson (Sundridge, Ontario)
Guide: Mary Johnson (Sundridge, Ontario)

More information about the Paralympic Sport of Goalball is available at www.canadianblindsports.ca with a short promo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sjoe5yD7TI.

Canadian Blind Sports is the recognized national sports organization
for Goalball in Canada and advocates within the sport system on behalf
of Canadians who are blind / visually impaired.

Goalball is a fast-paced, Paralympic sport played by athletes who
have a visual impairment or who are blind. Played three on three, on a
volley-ball size court, players track the ball by sound as they throw
and defend blistering shots upwards of 80 kilometers per hour.

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Matt Morrow
Participation Director /
Communications
Canadian Blind Sports / Sports Aveugles Canada
Telephone/ Téléphone : 604 419-0480
Toll Free / Sans frais: 1-877-604-0480 
www.canadianblindsports.ca / www.sportsaveuglescanada.ca