Canada have revealed the men’s and women’s teams who will take on the world at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Malmo, Sweden, from 3 June.
The athletes were selected by Canadian Blind Sports based on the 2017-2018 national team pool as the best combination of centres and wingers.
The women’s team will play respective Paralympic silver and bronze medallists China and the USA in a tough draw in group D. At the 2016 Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Canada were knocked out in the semi-finals by their North American rivals.
The eight men have been drawn in group B alongside defending title holders and Paralympic bronze medallists Brazil. The Canadian team will be hoping to bounce back from an agonising 5-4 quarter-finals defeat at Rio 2016 to eventual champions Lithuania.
The 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships run from 3-8 June. Featuring 28 of the world’s best men’s and women’s teams, it is the first major stop on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.