(Ottawa, Ont.) In preparation for the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship, the national team hopefuls will be participating in selection camp at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, Ont., from March 20-24, 2017. Aiming for a podium finish on home soil, Team Canada is looking to put together a strong and capable team before battling 11 other teams at the world championship from June 8-16 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
Media are welcome to attend an open practice on Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 12-1 p.m. ET to capture visuals and interview athletes and coaches. The selection camp roster features five players who have previously represented the maple leaf on the international wheelchair basketball stage.
TV/Photo Op: Catch a glimpse of the sheer athleticism, speed, and intensity of the wheelchair basketball players who aim to star for Team Canada at the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
Who: The athletes attending selection camp are: (athletes with Paralympic Games experience denoted with a *):
• Jon Bilan (Edmonton, Alta.)
• Adel Akhmed (Toronto, Ont.)
• Lee Melymick (Toronto, Ont.)
• Garrett Ostepchuck (Regina, Sask.)
• Vincent Dallaire (Quebec, Que.)
• Alex Hayward (Quispamsis, N.B.)
• Ben Hagkull (Chilliwack, B.C.)
• Eric Voss (St. Marys, Ont.)
• Michael Kilonzo (Mississauga, Ont.)
• Collin Lalonde (Montreal, Que.)
• Spencer Lambert (Winnipeg, Man.)
• Westley Johnson (Kinkora, P.E.I.)
• Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.) *
• Ben Tumack (Edmonton, Alta.)
• Jack Kosterman (Langley, B.C.)
• Tanner Jung (Langley, B.C.)
• Reed De’Aeth (Sherwood Park, Alta.)
• Ben Moronchuck (Edmonton, Alta.) *
Head Coach: Darrell Nordell (Edmonton, Alta.)
What: Selection camp in preparation for the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
When: Open practice: Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 12- 1 p.m. ET; interview availability post-practice until 1:15 p.m. ET
Where: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, Ont. M1C 0C7
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.