Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City netted 35 points to lead Canada to an 82-56 victory over the United States on Tuesday August 29 to win the gold medal in the women’s championship final at the Americas Cup wheelchair basketball tournament.
“We came out here to do a job and that was to get a gold medal and now that we have it, it’s a great feeling,’’ said Kady Dandeneau (Pender Island, B.C.).
‘’To play on the international stage and represent Canada is a tremendous honour.’’
Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.) added 15 points with seven rebounds. Rosalie Lalonde (St Clet, Que.) and Dandeneau each contributed 11 points for Canada.
‘’Playing in this tournament has been a great experience,’’ added Dandenau. ‘’I’ve loved every minute and it’s wonderful to end it with a gold medal.’’
Pat Anderson capped a successful return to Team Canada with 23 points and 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to beat the U.S. in the men’s final on Wednesday August 30 at the Americas Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
The Canadians lost 54-50 to take the silver medal. It was their only loss of the tournament after stringing six victories.
“It’s disappointing to lose but overall I feel good about the tournament,’’ said Anderson, from Fergus,Ont. ‘’It was our first half, it was their second half. They’re (the U.S.) the best team in the world and we were pretty close so I can’t help but feel good about it.’’
The 37-year-old Anderson had not competed internationally since the 2012 Paralympics in London where he notched a third Games gold and cemented his stature as one of the greatest players in the world.
“It’s nice to be back on the international stage,’’ he said. ‘’The wheelchair basketball community is like a family to me, these teams from Central America and South America show me a lot of love so it’s really a pleasure to be back.”