Kelowna’s Garett Hickling leads Canada to silver in London

Wheelchair rugby team takes second behind Australia at 2012 Pararlympic Games

Kelowna's Garett Hickling celebrates the silver-medal presentation to Canada's wheelchair rugby team Sunday at the Paralympic Games in London.

Kelowna's Garett Hickling celebrates the silver-medal presentation to Canada's wheelchair rugby team Sunday at the Paralympic Games in London.

Garett Hickling is still seaching for Paralympic gold. But silver has turned out to be a pretty satisfying alternative.

The Kelowna native and his Canadian teammates settled for second best in wheelchair rugby Sunday in London, dropping a 66-51 decision to Australia in the championship final.

“We had a game plan, unfortunately we weren’t able to succeed the way we wanted to,” said Hickling.

Hickling, a veteran mainstay with the national program and former world championship MVP, also helped Canada capture silver at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

And by all indications, Hickling plans to be back in 2016.

“It’s been a phenomenal couple of weeks, we’ve got the silver medal,” said Hickling, 41. “It’s just been fantastic and i guess I’ve got another four years, left in me at least. I still want that gold.

“(Aussies) do have a lot of ability,” added Hickling, “but we have a structure, a core of guys with experience and new young guys coming up, so we’ll be there again and we’ll be ready for them in the future.”

Hickling played a key role in Canada’s 50-49 semifinal win over the U.S., scoring the winning points with less than one second remaining in the game.

After the gold-medal game, Canada’s Minister of Sport Bal Gosal presented Hickling with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of being Canada’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games

 

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