Canada Wins Gold on Home Soil at the 2014 Women's World Championship

June 29, 2014

Women's Wheelchair Basketball Champions

(Sunday June 29, 2014 - Toronto, Ont.) Underdog Canada triumphed over Team Germany, the reigning Paralympic gold medallists, on home soil to earn the title of world champion at the 2014 Women`s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto. The team upset the number one ranked team, who they lost to during the preliminary round, to add a fifth world championship gold to the Canadian women's name. Germany achieved silver and Netherlands took home the bronze at what was the largest women's world championship in history.

Final Standings:

  • Gold - Canada
  • Silver - Germany
  • Bronze - The Netherlands
  • 4th - United States
  • 5th - Great Britain
  • 6th - Australia
  • 7th - China
  • 8th - France
  • 9th - Japan
  • 10th - Mexico
  • 11th - Brazil
  • 12th - Peru

Recaps:

Game 41: China Takes Seventh Place

China began the final day of competition at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship by defeating France 64-30 for seventh place. China finishes with a 3-5 record while France falls to 2-6.China came out with a dominant offensive display, scoring eight straight to begin the match. France struggled to keep pace as the Chinese side quickly compiled a 21-5 quarter. The French opened the second with a 7-0 streak to trim the lead, but China came back to regain control of the game and take the frame 17-15.

Game 42: Great Britain Takes Consolation Final in Overtime

Team Great Britain (5-3) completed its time at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship with a thrilling 77-70 overtime victory over Australia (4-4) to secure fifth place.The consolation final opened with a tight quarter in which neither team could build a lead larger than four. Ahead 18-16 to begin the second, Great Britain used a quick 8-2 run to push ahead in the match. The British side bolstered its advantage to lead 35-28 at the half.

Game 43: Second Half Explosion Leads the Dutch to Bronze

The Netherlands are the bronze medallists at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship after a 74-58 victory over the USA on Saturday afternoon. Sparked by an amazing performance by Inge Huitzing who put up 43 points, nine rebounds and five assists in over 38 minutes, the Dutch earned their first podium finish ever at the world championships. The game started out very even, with both teams trading shots back and forth. At the end of the first quarter, it was the USA with a 16-13 advantage.The USA would continue to lead up until two minutes remaining in the first half when the Netherlands would take a slim lead and carry that advantage into halftime at 29-28. The second half would be a much different story with the Dutch carrying the entire pace of play and outscoring the USA 18-10.

Game 44: Canada Wins Gold on Home Soil

Canada is back on top of the world after a 54-50 victory over Germany in the gold medal game of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.The win was Canada’s first world championship gold medal since 2006 when their streak of four straight gold medals was broken at the 2010 edition of the tournament. Germany started the game on a 6-2 run and ended the first quarter with a slim 12-11 lead. The quick break in between quarters seemed to make a difference for Canada as they came out strong to start the second quarter and took the lead. Germany battled back but it was Canada that had a three point lead at recess. The game would continue to go back in forth in the third quarter. Germany would tie it up at 40 in the fourth but Canada would continue to carry the momentum. A big two point shot by Ferguson with just over three minutes remaining put Canada up by six and they would hold on to win.

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About the Event

Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the 2014 WWWBC that features 12 participating countries. Canadians can catch a sneak peek at the top 12 female wheelchair basketball players in Canada, including emerging local talent and highly decorated stars, preparing to compete in one of the most fiercely competitive and exciting spectator sports to be played at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

About Team Canada 

Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh straight podium performance, remarkably, having medalled at every single world championship including the capture of four consecutive gold medals (1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), and bronze medals in 1990 and 2010.

About the Host

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the host of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The event marks Canada’s fourth opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball championship - having previously hosted the Men’s World Championship in 1994, the inaugural U23 Men’s World Championships in 1997, and the first-ever U25 Women’s World Championships in 2011.