Bo Hedges arrives ready for third Paralympics

Bo Hedges is leading a pack of pups to the wolves in his third Paralympic Games. He’s got a silver and a gold medal in his first two appearances, but starting Thursday in Rio, that no longer matters.

The Wonowon native leads Canada’s Wheelchair Basketball team into the games with six players making their Paralympics debut.

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Hedges won’t be alone in leading the inexperienced squad though, as he will be co-captain alongside David Eng, who carried the flag for Canada in the opening ceremonies. Four other Paralympic gold medalists join that duo.

The Canadians will open the tournament on Sept. 8 when they square off against Spain. Spain beat Canada three times in a July exhibition tournament this summer in Toronto, but two of the three games were decided by three points.

Canada will be joined in Group A by the world-champion Australian team, the Netherlands, Japan and Turkey. Canada will face perhaps its biggest test in group play on Sept. 10 against Australia. The Aussies are one of the Canadians biggest rivals, as the two squads have met in the finals of the last three Paralympics. 

“There won’t be an easy game,” Hedges told the Alaska Highway News in June. “Any team could beat any other on a given day. Just to qualify for these Games is huge.”

Hedges also added the goal, as it has been the last three years, is a podium finish.

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