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  • Canada Golden at Osaka Cup to Kick Off 2020 and the Home Stretch to Tokyo

    Feb 16, 2020
    (Osaka, Japan) The Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team started the 2020 calendar year in style with a decisive victory at the 2020 Osaka Cup friendly tournament at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. The Canadian women went 4-0 in Osaka against world championship silver medallist Great Britain and host nation Japan […]

  • Veteran Tamara Steeves Cherishes Every Moment on the Court

    Feb 14, 2020
    (Osaka, Japan) Commitment. Hard work. Teamwork. For veteran Team Canada wheelchair basketball athlete Tamara Steeves, these aren’t just clichés – they’re words to live by. This unshakable mentality has propelled Steeves to where she is today as an established leader and mentor in her ninth season with the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team. “Being a […]

  • Lee Melymick Ready to Build on Breakout Season

    Jan 31, 2020
    (Toronto, Ont.) Confidence has never been higher for athlete Lee Melymick coming off of a breakout year in 2019. It’s been a swift start to what looks to be a promising career with the Canadian Men’s National Team. After a silver medal performance with Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Games to start the year, […]

  • IWBF Sets Tokyo 2020 Official Draw for March 22

    Jan 27, 2020
    Draw to determine wheelchair basketball competition groups for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan) The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) announced Monday that the official draw for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place on March 22. The draw will determine the preliminary round groups for the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball competitions at […]

  • Call for Nominations for Wheelchair Basketball Canada Annual Awards and Hall of Fame

    Jan 09, 2020
    (Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) welcomes the opportunity to celebrate individual excellence with the call for nominations for its annual Awards and Hall of Fame. The nomination deadline is February 9, 2020. Award Nomination Form Hall of Fame Nomination Form The award winners and Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the WBC […]

  • IWBF Announces International Technical Officials for Tokyo 2020

    Dec 23, 2019
    The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) has unveiled the list of international technical officials (ITOs) for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which includes four Canadians. Leading the way is Steve Bach as a part of the tournament technical committee, while Sergio Giordano will be one of six referee supervisors. On the court, Canada will be […]

  • For Erica Gavel, the Road to Tokyo is the Road Less Travelled

    Dec 13, 2019
    “Sometimes things can be really, really hard, but anything worthwhile is hard.” (Toronto, Ont.) Erica Gavel wears many hats – high-performance athlete, PhD student, avid researcher, and parasport ambassador. She is capping off quite the year, the last few weeks of which have been an absolute whirlwind. But Gavel wouldn’t have it any other way. […]

  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada Statement on the 2022 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

    Dec 11, 2019
    Wheelchair Basketball Canada congratulates Dubai on being awarded the right to host the 2022 IWBF Men’s and Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships and thanks the IWBF for their consideration of Canada’s bid. “While we are disappointed with this outcome, we are proud of the bid we put forward to bring the world championships to Ottawa. […]

  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada Welcomes Shelley Levoy as Manager of Fundraising and Events

    Dec 06, 2019
    (Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) is pleased to welcome Shelley Levoy to the organization in the role of Fundraising and Events Manager. “We are thrilled to have Shelley join our team,” said WBC Marketing and Communications Director Jody Kingsbury. “Shelley is an innovative professional with an impressive background in fundraising and event management. We […]

  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada Welcomes IWBF to Ottawa in Bid to Host 2022 World Championships

    Nov 18, 2019
    (Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada proudly welcomes representatives from the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) to Ottawa as part of Canada’s bid to host the 2022 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in the Nation’s Capital. “Canada is beyond ready to host the greatest world wheelchair basketball championships of all-time,” said Steve Bach, President of Wheelchair Basketball […]

  • Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame Welcomes Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Joey Johnson and Wheelchair Sports Builder Kathy Newman

    Nov 16, 2019
    (Vancouver, BC) The Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame welcomed seven new members on Friday evening at an induction ceremony held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. Five athletes – Colette Bourgonje (Porcupine Plain, SK), Josh Dueck (Kimberley, BC), Viviane Forest (Edmonton), Garett Hickling (Kelowna, BC), and Joey Johnson (Lorette, MB) – as well as […]

  • Technical Packages Available for 2019-2020 Season

    Nov 08, 2019
    (Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) has released the technical packages for the 2019-2020 season. The following technical packages apply for the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) National Championsips in 2020 (Open and Women), and for the Junior East and Junior West Championships in 2020. CWBL Open and CWBL Women’s National Championships – 2019-2020 Junior […]

  • Call for Nominations for Wheelchair Basketball Canada Board of Directors

    Nov 07, 2019
    (Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) is a world-leading national amateur sport organization committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians. A not-for-profit organization, WBC is strategic and innovative in driving the growth and evolution of the game and championing inclusion to empower people of […]

  • Hoopfest Wows Corporate Community in Support of Grassroots Wheelchair Basketball

    Nov 07, 2019
    Hoopfest 2019 brings total to nearly $50,000 raised in support of grassroots wheelchair basketball in Canada (Toronto, Ont.) The corporate community was out in full force for Hoopfest on Wednesday, putting their wheelchair basketball skills to the test in a challenging and thrilling 3-on-3 tournament alongside members of Team Canada at the Toronto Pan Am […]

  • Nik Goncin Finding His Way On and Off the Court

    Nov 04, 2019
    (Toronto, Ont.) Nik Goncin credits wheelchair basketball with giving him a renewed sense of direction in his life after he lost his left leg to cancer at the age of 15. A rising star since he began playing the sport in 2008, Goncin is poised for the biggest year yet of his career with his […]

  • Kathy Newman Part of 2020 Induction Class into BC Sports Hall of Fame

    Oct 30, 2019
    (Vancouver, B.C.) Wheelchair sports advocate Kathy Newman is among the 2020 class of inductees into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Newman will receive the W.A.C. Bennett Award at the induction gala on June 4, 2020 in Vancouver. A native of Vancouver, Newman is a visionary and passionate sport administrator who has dedicated nearly 40 […]

  • Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Joey Johnson and Builder Kathy Newman to Join Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame

    Oct 17, 2019
    (Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada warmly congratulates five-time Paralympian Joey Johnson and visionary builder Kathy Newman on their inclusion in the 2019 class of inductees into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame. “We are absolutely thrilled for Joey and Kathy and proud to see their immeasurable contributions and outstanding achievements be enshrined in the Canadian […]

  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada Joins Toyota for its Play As One Cross-Country Tour

    Oct 03, 2019
    (Montreal, Que.) On October 5, Toyota Canada is bringing its Play As One basketball experience to Montreal’s Jacques-Cartier Pier. Accessible to everyone, this one-on-one free throw competition begins with 30 seconds to sink as many baskets, followed by 30 seconds while seated in a wheelchair, providing participants the opportunity to try the exciting sport of […]

  • Danielle DuPlessis Ready to Take Her Game to the Next Level

    Sep 30, 2019
    (Toronto, Ont.) As the days get shorter and the leaves change colour, the arrival of fall signals the start of a new basketball season on the horizon. Optimism abounds for wheelchair basketball athlete Danielle DuPlessis and the promise of what’s to come in the next year. DuPlessis, 22, hits the court this week for her […]

  • Hoopfest Wheelchair Basketball Fundraiser Returns November 6

    Sep 12, 2019
    Hoopfest 2019 set for November 6 at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Paralympian and Team Toyota member, Nik Goncin, named honorary chair Funds raised support Canadians living with a disability to experience the life-changing benefits of wheelchair basketball (Toronto, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s signature fundraising event, Hoopfest, is back this November. Hoopfest, presented by Toyota […]

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