Media Advisory: 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League National Championship Coming to Martensville May 4-6

(MARTENSVILLE, SASK.) All of the fast-paced, hard-hitting action of the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) arrives in Martensville, Sask. May 4-6 when the top club teams in the country compete in two tiers at the 2018 CWBL National Championship at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion.

Media and spectators will have the opportunity to witness all of the skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world. Competition begins the morning of Friday May 4, 2018 and concludes with a medal ceremony following the gold medal games on the afternoon of Sunday May 6, 2018.

Teams will compete for the title of national champion in two tiers. The tournament also features current and former national team athletes, including several hopefuls to represent Team Canada at the upcoming 2018 IWBF World Championships.

The tournament is being hosted by the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association (SWSA).

What: 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) National Championship

  • Club teams compete for the title of national champion in two tiers

Who: Paralympians Nik Goncin (Regina, Sask.) and Lisa Franks (Moose Jaw, Sask.) and their Saskatchewan club teams welcome the best wheelchair basketball players in Canada.

When: May 4-6, 2018

  • Opening tip-off May 4 at 8 a.m. (CT) | Gold medal games start May 6 at 11 a.m. (CT)

Where: Martensville Athletic Pavilion – 200 Mike Sands Blvd, Martensville, Sask. S0K 0A2

About the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League

The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) was founded in 1986 and has two primary divisions: the Open division and the Women’s division. The league features wheelchair basketball club teams from across Canada and culminates each season with a national championship for both the Open and Women’s divisions.

The league is fully integrated as both divisions welcome athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes to play in the spirit of competition. It often features some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, including past, present and future members of Team Canada.

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 visit: www.wheelchairbasketball.ca

Media Contact:

Julie Ma
Communications Coordinator
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 205
jma@wheelchairbasketball.ca

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