(Toronto, Ont.) Canada’s next generation of elite wheelchair basketball athletes will train at one of the finest high performance facilities in the country after the Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy officially moved into its new home at the state-of-the-art Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) in Scarborough, Ont.
“We are excited to move into this new facility,” said National Academy Director Mike Frogley. “With the combination of access to facilities and interaction with top coaches and support staff alongside the development of new knowledge in the sport, we will position our athletes and teams for world leading performances as we have done in the past.”
Located on the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) campus, TPASC is the largest sport new-build for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The 360,000 square foot facility officially opened its doors to the public on Tuesday.
For the National Academy athletes and coaching staff, the venue change coincides with the launch of the 2014-15 training schedule as Team Canada hopefuls prepare to don the red and white at the upcoming Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games and the next Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The National Academy roster features some notable additions this fall, including current Team Canada players Vincent Dallaire, Bo Hedges, Adam Lancia and recent world champions Jamey Jewells and Arinn Young.
For more information about TPASC, please visit www.tpasc.ca.
About the National Academy
The Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy is the world’s first full-time, year-round, daily training environment for high performance wheelchair basketball athletes. It is a groundbreaking initiative that will ensure Canada’s ongoing podium success at future World Championships and Paralympic Games. The National Academy is a homegrown solution designed to broaden the national team talent pool and accelerate the development of elite Canadian athletes in their pursuit of gold.
The National Academy is made possible through partnerships with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Government of Ontario, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and the University of Toronto Scarborough.