Canadian wheelchair basketball stars announce retirement
Sunday, 23 December 2012
December 23 - Wheelchair basketball stars Richard Peter and Kendra Ohama (pictured) have announced their retirements from the Canadian men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams respectively having won an astonishing six Paralympic and five World Championship titles between them.
Peter became a member of the Canadian men's wheelchair basketball team in 1994 and fittingly capped off his career by claiming gold at London 2012 as his side beat Australia 64-58 in the final.
The victory gave Peter his third gold medal in four Paralympics after he was part also part of a victorious Canadian wheelchair basketball team at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.
He was also part of the team that won silver at Beijing 2008 while he took gold at the 2006 Wold Championships.
"I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel around the world and play the sport I love," Peter said.
"But after five Paralympics and several years competing for professional clubs overseas my body was telling me it was time.
"It will be great for a change to stay at home and spend more time with the family.
"I'm looking forward to resting the body, mind, and soul."
Ohama joined the Canadian women's wheelchair basketball team in 1991 and was part of a formidable team that team that won three consecutive Paralympics at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
The team also won four straight World Championships in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.
She also won bronze at Atlanta 2004 Paralympics and the 2010 World Championships.
"I have been to six Paralympics and it is time to move on and enjoy life from another perspective," said Ohama.
"It is time to spend time with my family, focus on my job and to know what is it like to take a real vacation."