Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, exhilarating, competitive sport and one of the premiere draws at the Paralympic Games. The sport’s roots trace back to the 1940’s, when World War II veterans adapted it from standup basketball. Part V of Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s “London Calling” video series explores the evolution of the sport through the eyes of the Canadian Men’s National Team.
London Calling – Part V: The Evolution of Wheelchair Basketball
“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.
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 [WATCH] & Part II Women’s Roster Breakdown [WATCH]
- March 2012: Part III – Canada’s Winning History at the Paralympics [WATCH]
- April 2012: Part IV – A Look at Centralization [WATCH]
- May 2012: Part V – The Evolution of Wheelchair Basketball [WATCH]
- 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 sports 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.