Athletes and fans are Rio Ready as Olympic games kick off
These paralypian wheelchair athletes demonstrate the grit that make this team one of the top in the world.
The choreography is a demonstration of years of work and preparation.
Zak Madell says it’s due to teamwork.
“Such a tightly knit group.
I think that is what leads to our success as well.
Just the chemistry we have on and off the court.”
And Travis Murao says the team is ready to medal.
“We’re at a level where we’ve never been before, at such a high level.”
Miranda Biletski is one of only a handful of women competing in co-ed wheelchair rubgy.
“There is a lot of expectations riding on us going into this.
But I think we feel really good.
We have amazing staff.
We train at an amazing facility.
So, I think we are really well prepared.”
They’ll be among the honored guests at Bear Mountain’s Olympic Fan Zone.
Dale Gann says its the centre of Olympic fever.
“We have our large Canadian flag and our demonstration of our mountain biking.
Catherine Pendrell, one of our gold medal favourites that is riding in Rio for Canada, up on the mantel.”
A section of the main floor of the Bear Mountain Westin is decorated with Olympic memorabilia.
“We worked with PISE and the groups to come together and create a committee to see how do we create a viewing location, a fan zone, to celebrate the Olympics.
We created ‘Rio Ready’.
And focused on making this a fan zone.
This is a red and white zone, where even the women’s rubgy uniform is revealed for the first time by former Canadian rubgy great, Gareth Rees.
That’s what the ladies will be wearing down in Rio.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday.”
The women’s rubgy seven, based in Langford and medal favourites, kick off their Olympic quest at 8:30 tomorrow morning.
“We can cheer on Canada.
We’re open to the public.
Come out and support your Canadian athletes.”