Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy Hosts Athlete Identification Camp

Mike Frogley(Toronto, Ont.) The Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy will host an identification camp from August 9-14, 2013 for select athletes with the potential to participate in the cutting-edge program, which is slated to formally launch this fall.

Athletes attending the identification camp will have the opportunity to train and receive elite instruction from the Academy staff.

The following athletes are attending the camp:

Alec Kendall (West Kelowna, B.C.)
Josh Davies (London, Ont.)
Alex Hayward (Quispamsis, N.B.)
Julian Baird (Stoney Creek, Ont.)
Anthony Protomanni (Woodbridge, Ont.)
Kyran Miller (Emerald Park, Sask.)
Ben Hagkull (Chilliwack, B.C.)
Maninder Hothi (Brampton, Ont.)
Ben Hamilton (Surrey, B.C.)
Mehdi Rehibi (Quebec City, Qc.)
Ben Moronchuk (Edmonton, Alb.)
Michael Kilonzo (Mississauga, Ont.)
Ben Tumack (Edmonton, Alb.)
Paul Plewa (Canfield, Ont.)
Daniel Bigu (Kitchener, Ont.)
Riley Martin (Kelowna, B.C.)
Eric Voss (St. Marys, Ont.)
Sam Graham (Beachburg, Ont.)
Gabby Roberts-Winter (Regina, Sask.)
Sophie Geffros (Hamilton, Ont.)
Helaina Cyr (Sherwood Park, Alb.)
Steph Park (Maple Ridge, B.C.)
Hisham Mohammad (Whitby, Ont.)

Beginning in September 2013, a handpicked selection of elite Canadian wheelchair basketball athletes will train year-round at the Academy under the expert tutelage of Mike Frogley to further their development along the high performance pathway, with hopes of one-day representing Canada at the World Championships and Paralympic Games.

Located at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Academy will also be home to recurring training and development initiatives designed to support the growth of wheelchair basketball athletes, coaches and technical officials.

The Academy will also be the backdrop to a coaching clinic from August 8-14. The clinic coincides with the athlete identification camp, allowing Canadian wheelchair basketball coaches to work with up-and-coming athletes while advancing their training within the National Coaching Certification Program.

About the Academy

The year-round Wheelchair Basketball Academy program is designed to ensure the ongoing success of Canada’s national wheelchair basketball teams at future World Championships and Paralympic Games. By accelerating the development of elite male and female wheelchair basketball players, primarily in the Train to Compete and Learn to Win phases of the long-term athlete development model, that have shown national team potential, the Academy will increase the quality and quantity of athletes within the high performance pool.

The Academy is made possible through partnerships with Own the Podium, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, and the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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