BASKETBALL. The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team, of which Élodie Tessier is a member, continues to accumulate success on the international scene.
The Canadians won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. In the final of the three-on-three tournament on Tuesday night, they beat Australia 14-5. The unifoliate formation thus remained undefeated in four parts on British soil.
In this victory, Élodie Tessier scored two points and seven rebounds. “It was a very good experience with the three against three, confirmed the athlete from Saint-Germain-de-Grantham. Honestly, I’m really proud of the girls. I’m really proud of how hard we’ve played here.”
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In the semi-finals the day before, the Canadians beat Scotland 12-5. Élodie Tessier had five points and a rebound in the win.
“It was a game that we knew we had to play hard and I think we did,” said the 26-year-old from the University of Texas at Arlington. We have a lot of talent in our team and I think it was evident on the pitch. I’m really proud of the way we play as a team. You can see the teamwork and how it comes together: it’s really good.”
In the preliminary round, the Canadians had won 17-1 over Kenya and 13-8 over England.
Besides Élodie Tessier, the Canadian women’s team was completed by British Columbians Tara Llanes and Kady Dandeneau as well as Ontario’s Tamara Steeves. This was the first wheelchair basketball tournament in Commonwealth Games history.
“It means a lot. It’s just amazing to win gold. This team we have here is just amazing,” said Tamara Steeves.
For the Canadian women’s team, this is a second triumph in the space of a few weeks. At the recent Americas Cup tournament in Brazil, Élodie Tessier helped Canada win the gold medal.
The Canadian squad is now preparing for the World Wheelchair Basketball Championship to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in November.
Remember that at the last Tokyo Olympics, Élodie Tessier and the Canadians finished in fifth position.