How do you prepare yourself going into the selection camp for Men’s U23 National Team that will compete at the 2013 World Junior Championship?

Mitch Bossaert“Going into selection camp, I approach it as a new start. There will be a bigger pool of athletes trying out for the Junior Men’s National Team, so I am going to stay vigilant with my training and hard work.

I will treat it as though I still have something to prove to the coaches, as they will only take the athletes who they believe will give Team Canada the best chance to succeed, regardless of who was on the team for the world championship qualifier earlier this year.

On the physical side, I will continue to train and work my hardest while avoiding over training or burning myself out.

“The atmosphere at selection camp is intense because the chance to represent your country is not taken lightly by anyone.”

The atmosphere at selection camp is intense because the chance to represent your country is not taken lightly by anyone. You are in competition with the other athletes.

The opportunity to wear the Canadian jersey at the qualifier in Mexico was amazing. It was my first taste of international competition, and the success that we enjoyed made it even sweeter. The magnitude of it all didn’t truly sink in until my last few days there. Going into selection camp, the thought of the opportunity to compete at the pinnacle of junior wheelchair basketball is even more amazing. The competition in Mexico was the high point of my time in wheelchair basketball and the thought of competing at the World Junior Championship practically leaves me speechless.”

– Mitch Bossaer, candidate for the Men’s U23 National Team


 

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