Canada’s Para Soccer team won the 7-a-side Football Tournament in Barcelona, Spain, defeating host Catalonia in the Sunday championship final. Canada won the three-day, six-team tournament with four consecutive victories, beating Northern Ireland and Denmark on 8 June, Netherlands on 9 June, and then Catalonia on 10 June 2012. Also competing in the tournament was Finland.
"This was a great tournament and by far our best overall team effort," said Canadian coach Drew Ferguson. "This is the strongest team we have put together since the program began in 2005. The hard work on the recruiting side is showing dividends as the youngest players and senior players complimented each other very well on and off the pitch."
In the championship final, Canada won 8:3 with a hat trick scored by player-of-the-match Brendon McAdam. Ontario’s Samuel Charron, Canada’s youngest player at age 14 from the Gloucester Hornets in Ottawa, won tournament MVP honours.
The 7th edition of the 7-a-side Football Tournament ran from 8-10 June in Barcelona, Spain. Matches were played at the Camp de Futbol Agapito Fernandez. Canada’s 12-man roster featured Jamie Ackinclose, Matthew Brown (Ontario), Samuel Charron (Ontario), Sean Freeman, Dustin Hodgson, Brendon McAdam, Brennan Nicoll, Kyle Payne, John Phillips (Ontario), Trevor Stiles, Geoff Wakefield and Yuri Woodfall.
Canada’s Para Soccer team features players who have cerebral palsy or have had a stroke or brain injury. Athletes that are interested in Canada’s Para Soccer team may contact head coach Drew Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Canada’s next camp will take place in late July in St. John’s, NL.
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