Members of the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team including Bo Hedges knew heading into Sunday’s gold medal game at the Parapan Am Games that they had booked their tickets for the Rio Paralympics next year as they needed a top two finish. As they entered the game against the United States the only question that remained was would they come away with a gold or silver medal.
Unfortunately for Hedges and his teammates they were not able to come away with a gold medal as they lost the game 62-39, but he was satisfied the team achieved their main goal of qualifying for the Rio games.
“We were as a group happy and individually I’m very proud of our team in terms of getting to that gold medal game,” Hedges said. “Those are the types of games you can learn a lot from and the whole process along the way we came together and accomplished our main goal of qualifying for Rio de Janeiro.”
The Canadian squad had a lot of new and young faces making up the roster this time out.
“I think it’s invaluable what we were able to do in terms of their learning and development. It will go a long way in helping us in Rio de Janeiro and ideally us getting back to the podium there as well.”
The United States was the top team entering the Parapan Am Games tournament. Canada meanwhile was ranked 16th overall in the world.