Team Alberta defeated Newfoundland in their opening match in wheelchair basketball at the newly opened Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Alberta controlled the match with Reed De’Ath scoring 14 points for Alberta as they coasted through a 65-17 victory.

In the evening match against British Columbia, Team Alberta faced a much stronger opponent. Alberta took a 24-12 lead in the first half, and came out dominating in the second half scoring 40 points to take the comfortable 64-26 win.

“It feels absolutely amazing to be playing on home soil and having everyone in the gym cheering for us,” said Helaina Cyr, who is competing at her third Canada Games with Team Alberta. “We stayed calm today and used the clock to our advantage which really helped us. We’re going for gold this Canada Games but we’re also here to have fun and we want to focus on that as well!”

Alberta outscored their opponents 129-43 after the first day of competition.

Alberta sits in first place of the pool standing after two matches played with a 2-0 record. Tomorrow, Team Alberta will face off against Ontario at 7:30pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.