(Toronto, Ont.) Three months out from the largest female world championship in history, Wheelchair Basketball Canada will hold a press conference at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto on March 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET to introduce members of the media to the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.
Team Canada, along with Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands are in town to train at the Mattamy Athletic Centre March 18-21st in preparation for the upcoming World Championship that will take place at the same venue June 20-28th. The four teams will practice on court daily and participate in a series of friendly games in the evenings that are open to the public. Canada, in pursuit of a record setting seventh consecutive podium performance, will be one of twelve teams competing in June for the title of World Champion.
What: Meet Team Canada Press Conference & Open Practice
- Launch event for the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
- The Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
- Dipika Damerla, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
- Wendy Gittens, 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship Tournament Director
- Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Athletes and Coach
When: Thursday March 20, 2014
- 10 a.m. (ET) – Press Conference & Team Announcement
- 11 a.m. (ET) – Open Practice / Scrimmage
Where: Mattamy Athletic Centre – 50 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2
- Eggy’s Summit (third level – overlooking Coca Cola Gym)
About the Event
Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the 2014 WWWBC that features 12 participating countries. Canadians can catch a sneak peek at the top 12 female wheelchair basketball players in Canada, including emerging local talent and highly decorated stars, preparing to compete in one of the most fiercely competitive and exciting spectator sports to be played at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
About Team Canada
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh straight podium performance, remarkably, having medalled at every single world championship including the capture of four consecutive gold medals (1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), and bronze medals in 1990 and 2010.
About the Host
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the host of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The event marks Canada’s fourth opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball championship – having previously hosted the Men’s World Championship in 1994, the inaugural U23 Men’s World Championships in 1997, and the first-ever U25 Women’s World Championships in 2011.
For more information, to request a photo, or to schedule an interview contact:
Marketing & Communications Manager
Wheelchair Basketball Canada