A total of 26 athletes have been granted places at a United States Wheelchair Rugby national team selection camp, due to get underway tomorrow.
The event at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham in Alabama, which concludes on Sunday (January 8), will see the players aim to impress a selection committee.
They will then decide which 16 competitors will train and compete leading up to this year’s Americas Championship, scheduled to be held in July and August at a venue which has not yet been confirmed.
A number of the athletes attending the camp in Alabama represented the United States at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September, where they took home the silver medal.
This includes Chuck Aoki, Josh Brewer, Jeff Buttler, Josh Wheeler, Chad Cohn, Lee Fredette and Chuck Melton.
The United States were involved in a thrilling gold medal match with defending champions Australia but fell to a narrow 59-58 defeat.
The top two teams at the Americas Championship tournament will automatically qualify for the 2018 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation World Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park in Australia.
The sport’s flagship quadrennial competition outside of the Paralympic Games will involve 12 of the world’s best teams and is due to be staged from August 4 to 10 next year.
It will take place at the venue where wheelchair rugby made its debut as a full Paralympic sport at Sydney 2000.
The US were the winners of the first Paralympic gold as they beat the host nation in the final.
The full squad for the selection camp can be found here.