History of the Organization
In 1994 wheelchair basketball became an independent organization, the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association (CWBA). The formation of the CWBA in 1994 brightened the future for wheelchair basketball development in Canada. The people involved in the early days have paved the way for modern day athletes. As a result of their work the opportunities available today are much greater. The Canada Games Council recognized the sport for the first time at the 1995 Games in Grand Prairie and Jasper, Alberta. Also in 1995, Sport Canada recognized CWBA athletes by providing carding status, which means approximately $250,000 that goes directly to athletes and their sport development annually.
As a result of an incredible commitment by our athletes, coaches, officials, and administrators, the general public is more aware of the positive contributions everyone is making on and off the wheelchair basketball court!
In 2009 (15 years after incorporation), the organization adopted the shortened name Wheelchair Basketball Canada, to go along with a new logo and slogan that highlight a [new brand identity] .
Today Wheelchair Basketball in Canada is the largest wheelchair sport with over 2500 participants across the country. Internationally, there are over 75 nations playing wheelchair basketball.
National teams have been selected to represent Canada at numerous international meets over the years. The first team selected, went to the Paralympics in Israel in 1968. At the first Paralympic games organized away from Stoke Mandeville in Rome 1960 and Tokyo in 1964, our Canadian athletes competed on outdoor courts. [Click Here] for more information about the international history of wheelchair basketball.