(Charlottetown, PEI) Hosts Prince Edward Island Mustangs went undefeated in their Tier 2 division on home turf in the opening day of competition on Friday at the 2019 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) National Championship in Charlottetown, PEI with a 3-0 record.
“It’s pretty exciting going undefeated at home and being able to show the home crowd what we have been working towards these last couple of years,” says Westley Johnston of Team PEI. “Our core group of guys have been together for 7 years and being able to show our province what we are able to do at the National level is a great thing.”
In Tier 1, reigning champions Gladiateurs de Laval (2-0) and Saskatchewan (1-1) finishes at the top of their respective pools and move on to semifinals.
The three-day tournament is co-hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada and ParaSport and Recreation PEI and features eleven of the best wheelchair basketball club teams in Canada competing for the title of national champion in two tiers at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. The tournament is inclusive with athletes with and without a disability competing together on a level playing field. The round robin competition resumes Saturday, with the semi-finals starting at 2pm ADT.
Final results from the day can be found here.
About ParaSport and Recreation PEI
ParaSport and Recreation PEI is the provincial sport governing body for Paralympic sport and parasport on Prince Edward Island. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that was established in 1974. The organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors that are elected annually. It is our mission to provide recreation and sports opportunities for any and all individuals with a physical disability on Prince Edward Island.
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.