The London Annihilators capped off another great season with a successful 2019 National Wheelchair Rugby Championship in Ottawa, Ontario. This year, athletes from London represented Ontario on all four Ontario teams entered in the competition. The two Ontario teams in Division 1 finished 2nd and 4th, respectively, with London athletes Cody Caldwell, Eric Rodrigues, Mike Whitehead and Shayne Smith all being named to the all-tournament team.
In the ‘B,’ Ontario’s two teams finished 1st and 4th, respectively, with the Ontario Storm winning the Division 2 National Championship for 2019. Nick Kovac was named to the all-tournament team, while Rio Kanda Kovac came home with MVP honours, an unprecedented achievement for a rookie player competing in his first National Championship!
A number of London Annihilator athletes who were previously selected to the Canadian National team are now preparing for an upcoming trip to Misawa, Japan. There, they will compete against the #1-ranked Japanese team in a series of friendly matches to help them prepare for the Pan-American games that happen in August in Peru.
The Annihilators would like to thank all of our family, volunteers, fans and sponsors who made all of the successes this season possible. You can continue to follow your London athletes on their quest for gold in Peru at www.wheelchairrugby.ca.
Submitted by London Annihilators Wheelchair Rugby