(Ottawa, ONT.) In their final preparations before the 2015 Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship, the members of the Canadian Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball Team will be staging at the Fortius Sport & Health Centre in Burnaby, B.C. June 24-28, 2015. Aiming for a podium finish, Team Canada will use its time in Burnaby to fine tune its game before battling Australia, China, Germany, Great Britain and Japan at the world championship from June 30 to July 6 in Beijing, China.
Media are welcome to attend an open practice on Friday June 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT to capture visuals and interview Team Canada athletes and coaches. Four of the Canadian players will also represent Canada at the upcoming Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games in August.
Catch a glimpse of the sheer athleticism, speed, and intensity of the wheelchair basketball players who will star at the 2015 Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
Who: The following athletes will represent Canada (athletes’ city of residence indicated / athletes that will compete at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games denoted with a *):
- #4 Corin Metzger (Elmira, Ont.)
- #5 Élodie Tessier (St-Germain de Grantham, Que.)
- #6 Helaina Cyr (Sherwood Park, Alta.)
- #7 Danielle Arbour (St. John’s, N.L.)
- #8 Alarissa Haak (Sherwood Park, Alta.)
- #9 Maude Jacques (Lac-Beauport, Que.)*
- #10 Zoe Hahn (Linwood, Ont.)
- #12 Sara Black (Toronto, Ont.)
- #13 Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.)*
- #14 Erica Gavel (Saskatoon, Sask.)*
- #15 Rosalie Lalonde (St-Clet, Que.)*
Head Coach: Ross Norton (Edmonton, Alta.)
What: Staging camp in preparation for the 2015 Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
When: Team Canada open practice: Friday June 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT
Where: Fortius Sport & Health Centre
3713 Kensington Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5B 0A7
About Team Canada
The Women’s U25 National Team develops the top young Canadian female athletes in preparation for the IWBF Women’s U25 World Championships, which take place every four years. Players must be 25 years old or younger to be eligible to compete. Canada hosted the inaugural world championship for junior women in 2011, where the Team Canada placed fourth.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports 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 six Paralympic Games.