(Ottawa, ON) Canadian wheelchair basketball is renowned for its tenacity. Canada is a world-leading nation. A perennial contender fuelled by an unparalleled legacy. In 2012, elite talent compliments distinguished wisdom in pursuit of the podium. United by an unmistakable desire, Team Canada’s vision for the London Paralympic Games is uncompromising.
Discover the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball teams, learn about their distinctive passion, and find out why their trade is counted amongst the most recognizable and highly contested competitions in the world. Join Team Canada on the last leg of a journey four years in the making. Golden glory summons all nations and come time Canada intends to once again answer the call.
“London Calling” is an eight-part video series that takes an in-depth look at Team Canada, re-visits the winning history of Canadian wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games, profiles the evolution of the sport, and previews the highly-anticipated, hard-hitting competition set to unfold in London this summer.
“The London Paralympic Summer Games is the pinnacle of our quadrennial and encompasses what every high performance athlete strives for. This video series is designed to generate some excitement and showcase our athletes and coaches in a way that hasn’t been done before. We feel the teams deserve a lot of credit for their tireless efforts and dedication and we are privileged to share their stories to a wide audience,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens.
The two-part series debut looks at the cast of elite athletes that will compete for the Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Teams in 2012:
London Calling – Part I: Roster Breakdown – Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team
London Calling – Part II: Roster Breakdown – Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team
Wheelchair Basketball Canada will unveil the remaining videos in the series over the coming months as the countdown continues toward the Paralympic Games, which take place August 29th to September 9th, 2012.
London Calling Video Release Schedule:
- February 2012: Part I – Men’s Roster Breakdown & Part II Women’s Roster Breakdown
- March 2012: Part III – Canada’s Winning History at the Paralympics
- April 2012: Part IV – A Look at Centralization
- May 2012: Part V – A Wheelchair Basketball Retrospective
- June 2012: Part VI – Women’s Teams: Canada & the Competition
- July 2012: Part VII – Men’s Teams: Canada & Competition
- August 2012: Part VIII – London Calling Promo Video
About Team Canada
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 captured three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, and bronze in 2004. They have also reached the podium at six consecutive World Championships.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).
Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the Paralympic Games. Our senior national teams are held in high esteem around the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium with a combined five gold and one silver medal in the last five Paralympic Games.