(Toronto, Ont.) The 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship begins on June 8 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ont., and members of the media are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony at 12 p.m. ET immediately prior to Team Canada’s first game of the tournament.
World-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will 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.
What: Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
- Team Canada’s first game to immediately follow Opening Ceremony
- Government of Canada Representative (TBC)
- Government of Ontario Representative (TBC)
- Maureen Orchard, Secretary General of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
- Kathy Newman, Event Chair of the 2017 Men’s U23 World Championship
- Participating National Team Athletes and Coaches
When: Thursday, June 8, 2017
- Opening Ceremony – 12 p.m. ET
- Game: Canada vs. Italy – 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mattamy Athletic Centre, Arena (3rd Floor) – 50 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2
For more information please visit www.2017u23wwbc.com / #2017u23wwbc.
About the Event
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to host the top junior male wheelchair basketball players on the planet from June 8-16, 2017 for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
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. Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the event.
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.
Lindsay Crone, Coordinator Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 205
Courtney Pollock, Manager
Marketing and Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 203