(May 5, 2018 – Martensville, SK) Gladiateurs de Laval is the team to beat in their Tier 1 pool, after remaining undefeated in the opening day of competition on Friday at the 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) National Championship in Martensville, Saskatchewan. In Tier 2, the Brampton Cruiser Suns emerged unscathed after the opening day, with two wins.
“Being able to host the 2018 CWBL National Championship is great for the development of the sport of wheelchair basketball in Saskatchewan,” says Katie Miyazaki.,High Performance Wheelchair Basketball Coach at Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association (SWSA). “It is so exciting to have so many kids and families out watching these top teams play — hopefully inspiring next generation players.”
The three-day tournament is co-hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association (SWSA) and features the top club teams in the country competing for the title of national champions in two tiers at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion. The round robin competition resumes Saturday, with the semi-finals starting at 2pm CT.
Final results from the day can be found here.
About Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association
The Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association (SWSA) was incorporated in 1977 by five of its founding members, to provide an opportunity for persons with a disability to lead an active lifestyle. Over the past 35 years, the SWSA has provided sporting opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities at a provincial, national, and international level. Eleven athletes have represented Canada and the province at both summer and winter Paralympic games. Others have represented the country at World Championships, and our athletes have reached the podium in National archery, athletics, basketball, rugby, shooting and tennis events on numerous occasions throughout the years.
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.