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.

Vision

The vision of the National Academy is to create an ideal environment for the accelerated development of athletes, coaches and officials to represent Canada, and to be the world’s most integrated, innovative and effective centre for sustained podium success in wheelchair basketball.

Objectives

  • Provide year-round, daily high performance training environment for targeted Canadian athletes;
  • Strengthen Canada’s athlete development pathway and accelerate the development of elite wheelchair basketball athletes with National Team potential;
  • Increase the quality and quantity of athletes within the Canadian high performance pool;
  • Provide world-class training opportunities in Canada that are optimized for Canadian athletes beyond what is currently offered in the existing club system;
  • Facilitate systematic alignment with the Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) that supports athlete, coach, and technical official development;
  • Contribute to Canada’s international gold medal performances.

Participants

Mitch BossaerThe program brings together a handpicked selection of elite Canadian athletes and personnel under the expert tutelage of Academy Director Mike Frogley, of one of wheelchair basketball’s brightest minds.

Up to 24 targeted athletes, primarily in the Train to Compete, and Learn to Win phase of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada LTAD (typically 18-25 year-of-age), will have access to optimized coaching, training, and mentorship at a central location not previously available in Canada.

“The National Academy goes beyond being excellent to being the very best and developing the very best. It will take good athletes and make them great wheelchair basketball players. It will take great teams and make them world champions and Paralympic gold medalists. It is the new gold standard, not just innovative, but groundbreaking to such an extent as to lead and change the game of wheelchair basketball,” said Frogley.

“It is the new gold standard, not just innovative, but groundbreaking to such an extent as to lead and change the game of wheelchair basketball.” – Mike Frogley

Location

The National Academy is located at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. The Academy launched on October 1, 2013 at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Events

The National Academy plays host to several events, including selection and training camps for the Canadian national team program, talent identification camps, exhibition tournaments and clinics for coaches and technical officials. For a complete list of upcoming events at the National Academy, please see the Events Listing.

Partners

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.