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Despite enjoying a full minute lead after the first day of the 2010 Rocky Mountain Rally -- the second stage of the Canadian Rally Championship -- the Winnipeg team of Jan and Jody Zedril couldn't hang on and settled for 13th place Saturday in Calgary.

The Zedrils, who were the top ranked two-wheel drive car team, drove their 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer ES conservatively to manage the lead and finished in a time of one hour 30:26.00 minutes.

Victory, with a time of one hour 11:48.8 minutes, went to the team of Antoine L'Estage and Nathalie Richard of Quebec, who charged to an early lead and continued to build on it despite harrowing conditions that forced organizers to change the schedule for Saturday's stages.

-- A 62-46 win over the Netherlands gave Canada's national senior women's wheelchair basketball team a gold medal at the BT Paralympic Cup tournament Sunday in Manchester, England.

The Canadian senior men, including Joey Johnson of Lorette, settled for silver after losing 53-42 to Great Britain in the men's final.

The men's team has now made three appearances in the tournament and reached the podium each time (winning in 2006 and 2007).

The event serves as a warm-up for the 2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships (July 5-17), where both the Canadian men and women will be defending their world champion titles.

-- Ian Heather of Winnipeg and Sheldon Lanchbery of Deloraine were among nine people presented with Hockey Canada Awards May 28 in Montreal.

Heather received the Officiating Award for his outstanding contribution to officiating, while Lanchbery got the Hockey Canada Order of Merit, which is presented to an individual who has served amateur hockey faithfully.

-- Desiree Scott continues to climb the international soccer ladder.

She was recently invited to Canada's women's national team two-week camp in Gaithersburg, Md. The camp precedes a trip to Scandinavia for a friendly versus Norway.

"My selection to this camp is exciting, as continuing to be selected to rosters for training camps as we get closer to qualifying for the World Cup is a good sign," Scott, a native of Winnipeg, said in a release.

Also being called up are Winnipeggers Alison Clarke and Anisha Kinnarath, who have been invited to the under-17 national team camp in Florida next month.

Canada will play in the under-17 FIFA World Cup in September in Trinidad and Tobago.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 31, 2010 C8

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