Hedges and Team Canada poised for 2012 Paralympic Games

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Fort St. John born athlete Bo Hedges will begin another hunt for gold tomorrow, along with his fellow wheelchair basketball teammates, when the preliminary round of competition begins. Hedges and the rest of Team Canada will begin the preliminary stage in Group B, with their first game taking place Friday, August 30 against Japan. The game will begin at 5:30 local time.

The Canadian’s second preliminary game is one that Hedges said he and his teammates are particularly excited for. On August 31, Canada takes on Great Britain, a game that Hedges says he is extremely excited for because of the intense atmosphere playing a host team can provide. Canada vs. Great Britain will be taking place at 1:15 p.m.

The quest for supremacy continues Saturday, September 1, when Canada takes to the hardwood against Poland. The preliminary match between Canada and Poland will begin at 1:15 p.m.

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Sunday, September 2, Canada will face off against Germany at 7:15 a.m., then will get right back into action the following day, when they play their final preliminary game against the Columbians.

Hedges, who competed with Canada to win a silver at the 2008 Beijing Games, says he is more prepared this time and the experience of Beijing is helping in his training.

"Mentally I’m definitely more prepared. I know the rigors of the tournament and am more aware of the pressure that you put yourself under, so I’ll try to deal with that better and focus on the moment and not got overwhelmed by the end process and just work each day until the end goal."

Hedges and Team Canada enter the tournament ranked seventh, a ranking that the point guard disagrees with. He says the team, consisting of nine returning players and three Paralympic Games rookies, should be slated in the top third or fourth spot. Canada’s Wheelchair basketball team earned themselves a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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