Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to announce the list of 19 athletes invited to attend training camp for the Canadian Senior Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team from December 14-18, 2015 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, Ont.
The purpose of this training camp is to nominate the top Canadian athletes from the national team pool to receive funding through the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) for the upcoming season. Athletes who receive funding through AAP are known as carded athletes.
The selection process for the Canadian team that will compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will continue after training camp. The official roster announcement of the Canadian Paralympic men’s wheelchair basketball team will take place in the spring.
The athletes attending training camp are (Paralympic Games experience denoted with a *):
Abdi Dini (Scarborough, Ont.) *
Adam Lancia (Scarborough, Ont.) *
Ben Moronchuk (Edmonton, Alta.)
Blaise Mutware (Etobicoke, Ont.)
Bo Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.) *
Colin Higgins (Rothesay, N.B.)
Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.) *
David Eng (Montreal, Que.) *
Deion Green (Victoria, B.C.)
Eric Voss (St. Marys, Ont.)
Garrett Ostepchuk (Regina, Sask.)
Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.)
Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.)
Mickael Poulin (Quebec, Que.)
Mitch Bossaer (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Nikola Goncin (Regina, Sask.)
Peter Won (Blackfalds, Alta.)
Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.) *
Vincent Dallaire (Quebec, Que.)
Hopefuls for the Men’s U23 National Team will also take part in a separate training camp at the same time as athletes push for spots on the world championship team in 2017.
About Team Canada
The Senior Men’s National Team is the defending Paralympic champion and has reached the podium at four consecutive Paralympic Games, winning gold medals in 2000, 2004 and 2012, and a silver medal in 2008. The team has also medalled at six of the past eight world championships.
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.
For more information, visit: www.wheelchairbasketball.ca.