– [Voiceover] This is an
AMI This Week Short Cut. (CROWD NOISES…) – [Voiceover] Comes
inside, off to Hirschfield, and they score. – [Voiceover] I’m Grant
Hardy for Accessible Media. Trevor Hirschfield is captain of Canada’s
wheelchair rugby team, which will be competing
at the Rio Paralympics. Trevor is considered to be one of the best
players in the world, and is drawn to the sport
for its impact, literally. – Yeah, I played
sports growing up, and football and hockey
were two of them, and I love getting hit
and hitting people, so I think it’s that
rough side of the sport that really drew me to it. – [Voiceover] The sport
is more than just hitting, which means the training
has to be varied. – Our training process is
a good mixture of anything, everything from on court, game
specific, tactical training, to in the gym, pushing weights, or cardio, and
explosive sprints, so we’re trying to, like a
lot of high-level athletes, get everything involved
in our training. – [Voiceover] But
of course it takes a lot more than training
to get to the Paralympics, and Trevor credits his
teammates and family as big supporters,
particularly his father. – I think my dad is one
of my major inspirations as far as without him, I don’t know if I’d
have been able to go as far in the sport. He’s always taught me
to put family first and he gave up a lot to help
me get involved with the sport. – [Voiceover] Joining
Trevor at the gym is teammate and
friend Travis Murao, who describes Trevor as
the perfect team captain. – He’s a great on
court leader where he really picks us
up when we need it. He can create a play
when we’re down, when we need some momentum, when we need things to shift, he’s the guy that we look
to to make that play. – [Voiceover] But it didn’t
start out that way for Trevor. Travis says that Trevor worked
hard to improve his game. – He always knew the
game really well. He always had a great
head for the game, but he never had that speed
early on in his career, where he had just
had to grind it out, adjust his push stroke, spend hours and
hours in the gym, and that was one of the more
impressive things I saw, where it was just a matter of willpower, desire,
and work ethic, where that’s how he turned
his biggest weakness as a player into one of
his greatest strengths. – [Voiceover] And Trevor
can’t wait to prove it, as he looks forward to the
first game of the Paralympics. – You really just want the
game to start, to get going, ’cause you’ve done
a lot of preparation as far as watching
video and understanding what you’re trying to do
against the other team, the other opponents, so
everything you’ve worked on, all the preparation it took, you’re able to put
it together and complete the game. – [Voiceover] And at the games, Trevor will be wearing
the maple leaf, Canada’s colors
and national pride. – There’s no other better
feeling, I mean, as Canadians, we grow up watching World
Juniors around Christmas and Olympic hockey, and, you know, seeing that, and feeling that pride when
you’re at home watching it, it’s just, knowing that
there’s people at home feeling that pride watching you and you’re able to go
there and represent them, there’s no other feeling. – [Voiceover] In
Vancouver, I’m Grant Hardy for Accessible Media.

Paralympian Trevor Hirschfield, Wheelchair Rugby
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