Wheelchair Basketball Canada Welcomes Justin Vaughan as Community Outreach Coordinator

(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to welcome Justin Vaughan to the organization in the role of Community Outreach Coordinator for the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.

“We are thrilled to welcome Justin to the Wheelchair Basketball Canada family,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens. “His enthusiasm and experience will be definite assets as we strengthen our community outreach efforts in lead up to the Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.”

The event takes place June 8-16, 2017 as world-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will converge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto to showcase the elite skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world.

Vaughan is a graduate of Durham College’s Sport Business Management program. He possesses event management and marketing experience with similar initiatives within the sport sector.

Vaughan will be working throughout the Greater Toronto Area as he transitions from the hockey rink to the hardcourt.

His most recent experience at Hockey Canada includes the coordination of community outreach for over 30 events as well as leveraging relationships with key stakeholders to increase awareness and ticket sales for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. During his time with the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games he provided support for all sport disciplines and helped manage the Sport Command Centre.

Justin Vaughan, Community Outreach Coordinator, can be reached at 416-803-6647 or at jvaughan@wheelchairbasketball.ca.

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.