Call For Media Accreditation For 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

(Toronto, Ont.) – Wheelchair Basketball Canada is now accepting applications for press accreditation from members of the media for the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship from June 8-16, 2017 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.

World-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will converge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto to showcase the elite skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world. The 2017 Men’s U23 World Championship marks the 20-year anniversary since Canada hosted the inaugural world championship for junior men in 1997 in Toronto. Team Canada won back-to-back gold medals at the world championship for junior men in 1997 and 2001 and most recently placed sixth in 2013.

Media seeking accreditation are invited to fill out the press accreditation form available on the official event website www.2017u23wwbc.com by Friday, May 19, 2017.  Accreditation is reserved for members of the press i.e. journalists, print media, photographers, radio, TV and news agencies. Those seeking accreditation must be employed or contracted by a media organization.  Accreditation will grant media access designated media areas, including the mixed zone and a media work room.

For more information, please contact lcrone@wheelchairbasketball.ca or visit www.2017u23wwbc.com / #2017u23wwbc

About Team Canada

Team Canada is in pursuit of a return to the top of the podium, having won back-to-back gold medals at the world championship for junior men in 1997 and 2001. Most recently, Canada placed sixth at the last world championship for junior men in 2013.

About the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)

The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is the international governing body responsible for wheelchair basketball. It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball. For more information, please visit www.iwbf.org.

About Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information, please visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca.

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is hosting the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. It marks the organization’s fifth opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball championship, having previously hosted the Women’s World Championship in 2014, the Men’s World Championship in 1994, the inaugural Men’s U23 World Championship in 1997, and the first-ever Women’s U25 World Championship in 2011.

For more information, to request a photo, or to schedule an interview contact:

Lindsay Crone, Communications Coordinator
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Tel: 613-260-1296 ext. 205
lcrone@wheelchairbasketball.ca

Courtney Pollock, Manager
Marketing & Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Tel: 613-260-1296 ext. 203
cpollock@wheelchairbasketball.ca

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