In an email recieved by the blog this morning is seems a few questions have been answered for the up coming season.
1. Joe Rea will remain has Head coach for the up coming season
2. Jim Armstrong will remain OUT of the Team Canada line up
3. New faces will be added to the selection will NO old or expereinced faces being added
A mass email went out a day or so ago to a few players and this is how it read:
I am sending this letter to inform you that we are moving forward with a group of 8-12 players for the 2012-2013 season.
The current list of potential candidates, as of May 2012, includes; Darryl Neighbour, Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet, Jack Smart, Anne Hibberd, Dennis Thiessen, Benoit Lessard, Mark Ideson, Mike Munro, Joanne MacDonald, Darwin Bender and Frank LaBounty.
As we get closer to 2014, there is an expectation by our funding partners that we will reduce the athlete pool in which they invest, therefore the candidates list will be shortened as our season progresses and as our budget allows, (note - our National Team Program funding was reduced by 15% for the coming season).
Our primary focus will be to groom the strongest positional candidates for selection to the 2013 National Team. This will be accomplished through training camps, domestic competitions, and workshops. We do not want to disrupt your provincial teams’ activities; however there may be occasional scheduling overlap with one of your athletes.
We will continue to circulate relevant skills development information from our Coaching Staff and IST to you.
Team Saskatchewan, will be invited to a fall training camp, as winners of the Canadian Wheelchair Championships.
Good luck in your 2012/2013 season and stay in touch with us to let us know how you are doing!