The World Wheelchair Basketball Championships are an elite international competition contested by the top men’s and women’s national teams from across the globe.
The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) governs the world championships, which take place every four years. There are world championships for senior men and senior women (formerly known as the Gold Cup), as well as for junior men (under 23) and junior women (under 25).
The first official world wheelchair basketball championship for men took place in Bruges, Belgium in 1975, while the inaugural women’s world championship took place in St. Etienne, France in 1990.
Wheelchair Basketball Canada also shares a part of world championship history. The organization solidified its commitment to sport excellence and the development of the sport by hosting the first-ever men’s under-23 world championship in Toronto, Ontario in 1997, as well as the inaugural women’s under-25 world championship in St. Catharines, Ontario in 2011.