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Travis Murao: What to Expect From the Teams at the 2010WWRC Part 1: Great Britain

Well, we are halfway into our July training camp and things are as intense as usual with Team Canada. With September approaching, our excitement is palpable and the intensity of camp has risen another notch. I think now is a good time to review the teams coming to Worlds, so let's start the first portion of my new series:

Andy Barrow: London's Got Talent

I’m happy to say that the pace of life has been slightly more relaxed since I returned from Canada. All that remained of GB’s domestic season was the National Championships at Stoke Mandeville. London players revert back to their league teams for this tournament so bragging rights were on the line between last year's winners, “Crusaders,” and this year's league winners and form team, “Storm”.

Chris Rathje: Team Fire and Smile

We're happy to introduce our newest blogger, Chris Rathje. Chris is not only a wheelchair rugby player, but he's also a published author and runs the motivational blog "Uplifting Empire." His book "Don't Be Afraid to Eat Soup With A Fork" came out this year and can be purchased through his blog.You can check out his blog here. Welcome to the blogging team, Chris!


Team Fire & Smile

Originally Appeared Online December 16, 2008

Travis Murao: Canada Cup

Well, the Canada Cup has come and gone with another second place finish for us. I know the level of competition was quite high but I can't help feel disappointed in the result. At the same time, it is somewhat heartening to know that we are right there and more than capable of coming out on top.

This year's Canada Cup saw the emergence of a new impact player on the international scene (Daisuke Ikezaki from Japan) and the reclassification of veteran players Troye Collins (GB) and Steve Porter (AUS).

Andy Barrow: Canada Cup Report

We arrived in Montreal a day after Hamilton and Button’s one-two in the F1, looking to pick up where they’d left off. Brutal heat courtside and a punishing schedule really ramped up the pressure on GB in their final warm up tournament before Worlds.

Nigel Goddard: Believe In Yourself

What sport?

Andy Barrow: Hijack on the River Thames

I had no idea what to expect as I travelled by Coach to the Hilton Hotel at London Bridge. All we had been told was that we were required to remain atcCamp over the weekend for a filming assignment. Working with the media isn’t uncommon for us as athletes and any publicity we can get is welcomed as it can only throw more light on our sport and us. The thing is, the press normally come to us and it’s all fairly standard stuff. They ask questions, we give answers, nobody is particularly controversial etc…

Andy Barrow: Hijack on the River Thames

I had no idea what to expect as I travelled by Coach to the Hilton Hotel at London Bridge. All we had been told was that we were required to remain atcCamp over the weekend for a filming assignment. Working with the media isn’t uncommon for us as athletes and any publicity we can get is welcomed as it can only throw more light on our sport and us. The thing is, the press normally come to us and it’s all fairly standard stuff. They ask questions, we give answers, nobody is particularly controversial etc…

Travis Murao and Nigel Goddard: "Inspirational"

One of the goals of the 2010WWRC blog is to bring to light stories that do not often get attention in the traditional news media. We want the blog to spark debate about issues within the wheelchair rugby community and to challenge conventional beliefs about the sport. Today, two of our bloggers tackle the subject of the "I word:" inspirational. As Canadian national team member Travis Muro and British referee and super-fan Nigel Goddard discover, this word is a contentious one.

 

Travis Murao: Preparing for the Canada Cup

The last month has gone by in a blur! The USQRA National Championship was an exciting and hard-fought affair where the University of Arizona finished a disappointing third after battling the San Diego Sharp (the eventual winners) to a heartbreaking double overtime loss. Some much deserved props go out to Ian Chan's Portland Pounders who finished second (we'll get you next year!).

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