(July 23, 2015 – OTTAWA, ONT.) -- Canada Soccer is pleased to announce the 14 players selected for nomination to represent Canada in 7-a-side football at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games set for August 7-14.
The Canadians are coming off a 10th place finish at the World Championships in London. They posted a record of three wins and three losses at the tournament and received several exceptional performances including from Trevor Stiles of Victoria who scored Canada’s last six goals
The 7-a-side football promises to be one of the fiercest competitions at the Games because many of the top countries are from the Americas including worlds bronze medallist Brazil, the U.S. and Argentina.
“The players and staff are looking forward to this great competition, and the fact that it is on home soil in Toronto makes this a very exciting opportunity to compete and bring home a medal for Canada,” said Canada’s head coach Drew Ferguson.
“The competition will be very stiff, as three of the teams we are competing against are in the top 7 teams in the world, but we will be prepared to compete for a podium position. This is also a great opportunity to promote the sport of 7 a-side football here in Canada.”
The players in football 7-a-side have cerebral palsy or a similar neurological disorder. There are no off-side rules and matches are 60 minutes (30 per half). There are four classifications and each side must maintain a line-up featuring players with varying levels of impairments.
“Our football 7-a-side team shows consistent progression year after year,” said Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young. “It is going to be exciting to see them play some of the top teams in the world at the Games.”
“Congratulations to the members named today to Canada’s Football-7-A-Side Team for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. We look forward to being inspired by their performances as they wear the maple leaf on home soil during this Year of Sport in Canada,” said The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games tickets are currently on sale. The seven-a-side football competition will take place at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields at the University of Toronto. Tickets are available online at TORONTO2015.org/tickets.
With a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count, Canada is expected to send approximately 220 athletes to the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15. Qualification is ongoing and the full team will be officially announced in July 2015.
Team Canada SEVEN-A-SIDE FOOTBALL
(Name, hometown, position)
- Damien Wojtiw, Etobicoke, Ont. goalkeeper
- Liam Stanley, Victoria, middle
- Matt Gilbert, Ajax, Ont., defender
- John Phillips, Tiny Beaches, Ont., defender
- Samuel Charron, Ottawa, middle
- Lucas Bruno, Calgary, defender
- Dustin Hodgson, Vancouver, defender
- Vito Proietti Montreal, forward
- Trevor Stiles, Victoria, middle
- Kyle Payne, Corner Brook, N.L., defender
- Matt Brown, Fraserville, Ont., defender
- Nick Heffernan, London, Ont., defender
- Cory Johnson, Strathmore, Alta., goalkeeper
- Joe Resendes, Port Moody, B.C., goalkeeper
- Head coach: Drew Ferguson
- Assistant coach: Doug Lusk
- Goalkeeper coach: Don Ferguson
- Sport physiologist: Donna Perry
- Athletic therapist: Michelle Beckles
About Canada Soccer
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About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca
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