The Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy, presented by Toyota, is a groundbreaking program designed to accelerate the development of the next generation of elite Canadian wheelchair basketball athletes and fuel Canada’s ongoing podium success at future World Championships and Paralympic Games.
The National Academy is a Next Gen program that strengthens Canada’s athlete development pathway and accelerates the development of elite wheelchair basketball athletes with National Team potential. It is a homegrown solution that broadens the high performance talent pool and empowers Canadian athletes to reach their utmost potential in their pursuit of the podium.
The program brings together a handpicked selection of elite Canadian athletes and personnel under the expert tutelage of National Academy Director and Head Coach Mike Frogley, one of wheelchair basketball’s brightest minds.
“The National Academy goes beyond being excellent to being the very best and developing the very best. It will take good athletes and make them great wheelchair basketball players. It will take great teams and make them world champions and Paralympic gold medalists. It is the new gold standard, not just innovative, but groundbreaking to such an extent as to lead and change the game of wheelchair basketball.” – Mike Frogley
Up to 24 targeted athletes, primarily in the Train to Compete and Learn to Win phases of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada LTAD (typically 18-25 years old), have access to optimized coaching, training, mentorship and support services at a central location through the National Academy program.
The National Academy is made possible thanks to the support of presenting partner Toyota, as well as the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Government of Ontario and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.
The National Academy is a program within the Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Training Centre located at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough, Ontario.