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USA Wheelchair Rugby Wins Paris Semi-Final

Jen Remick on April 21, 2016

Paris, France.  With a 56-44 win over Denmark Thursday April 21st at the 2016 IWRF Rio Qualification Tournament, USA Wheelchair Rugby has captured one of the two remaining slots for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.  Today’s other semi final winner, France will join the U.S. in September as both teams join a very strong international field.

The competition in Paris is not over yet.  The gold medal match will see the Americans facing France at 1 p.m. EDT.  The U.S. is looking to extend their perfect tournament finish to 7-0.

Catch the gold medal match from Paris on the livestream at http://www.handisport.org/6672-2/. Final tournament results and highlights will be updated at http://www.usawr.org.

About USA Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby was invented in Canada in 1977.   Originally known as “murderball” because of its intense physical nature, the sport’s name was changed to wheelchair rugby. By 1993 wheelchair rugby was officially recognized as a sport for athletes with disability and the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation was founded. In 1994 Wheelchair Rugby was recognized by the International Paralympic Committee as a Paralympic sport and made its Paralympic debut as a demonstration event in Atlanta in 1996.  It became a medal sport in Sydney in 2000, where the United States won the gold medal. In 2013, USA Wheelchair Rugby partnered with USA Rugby in order to collaborate in the growth of Rugby in America.

Lakeshore Foundation, a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama, serves as the High Performance Management Organization for USA Wheelchair Rugby under contract with the United States Olympic Committee.  With a unique combination of activity, research and advocacy Lakeshore is a leader in their field.  Learn more about USA Wheelchair Rugby and Lakeshore Foundation at www.lakeshore.org.

USA Wheelchair Rugby is proudly supported by Liberty Mutual Insurance.  Liberty Mutual Insurance is the official property and casualty and life insurance partner of the U.S. Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games and 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The company also is the proud sponsor and partner of several national governing bodies, including ASA/USA Softball, U.S. Rowing, U.S. Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo and USA Wrestling.

For more information contact Jen Remick at jenr@lakeshore.org or 205.999.4944