Legal’s Arinn Young helps forge another medal win

by Stephen Dafoe

Legal resident, Arinn Young, and the Canadian Parapan Am Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, captured silver at the Toronto 2015 Games on Friday after dropping the gold-medal final 80-72 to the United States. The silver-medal finish earns Young’s team a berth into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Friday’s defeat was the team’s only loss of the tournament. The team opened the games with a 78-18 win over Guatemala and followed it with a 80-39 victory over Mexico. Taking a break for a day, the women returned to the court last Tuesday to defeat Brazil 82-51 and took Argentina in Thursday’s semi-final 82-28.

Friday’s contest with the Americans proved to be a bit of a battle. A cold first quarter saw Canada trailing 22-14, but they had closed the margin to 38-35 by the break. The Americans ended the third quarter with an eight-point run to widen the gap to 58-50 in their favour. Canada remained eight points behind by game’s end, giving them silver.

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During the games, Legal’s Arinn Young played just under 45 minutes and earned Team Canada 48 points.

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