(Ottawa, ON) Canada is known for its strength in the sport of wheelchair basketball, winning the gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. Now, Prince George can get a glimpse of one of the 2015 Canada Winter Games’ official sports at the 2013 Junior West Regional Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
The tournament will take place at Duchess Park Senior Secondary School in Prince George, British Columbia, March 22-24, 2013. The 3-on-3 tournament features the top junior aged athletes (born on January 1, 1991 or later) in Western Canada from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, who are age-eligible to participate in the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.
The Championship is co-hosted by BC Wheelchair Basketball Society and Wheelchair Basketball Canada.
Hosting BC grant funding was received from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and administered by viaSport British Columbia.
The event is free to attend. The tournament will feature some of the best wheelchair basketball players in the country, including Prince George native Avril Harris, who was named the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Athlete of the Year in 2010, Zak Madell, a 2012 Paralympic silver medallist in wheelchair rugby, Justin Johnson, a current member of the Canadian Men’s U23 Wheelchair Basketball Team that recently qualified for the World Championship, and Alarissa Haak, a current member of the Canadian Senior Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.