Three-time Olympic gold medal winning coach Melody Davidson spoke to the Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team about what it takes to succeed Wednesday night at their 2012 selection camp in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davidson, who along with her Olympic medals, has led the women’s team to four world titles (two as head coach, two as assistant coach) and two World Championship silver medals as head coach, was the second Hockey Canada brass to recently address the team. Jennifer Botterill (also a three-time gold medallist), spoke to Team Canada on Tuesday.
Both the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams are currently preparing for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
The selection camp will run until January 13th and will help determine the 24 athletes (12 men and 12 women), which will compete for Canada at a number of marquee international events in 2012, most notably the Paralympic Summer Games in London, England.
The camp roster includes 15 athletes (9 men and 6 women) with Paralympic Games experience including 6 men and 2 women who have earned multiple Paralympic medals.
The Senior Men’s National Team is amongst the top wheelchair basketball teams in the world. The Canadian Men are the defending silver medallists from the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. They won back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004 and have reached the podium at five of the last six consecutive World Championships.
The Senior Women’s National Team is amongst the most successful and dominant teams in Canadian amateur sport history. The team has captured three Paralympic gold medals and has reached the podium at six consecutive World Championships.