(November 08, 2013 - OTTAWA, ONT.) - The Senior Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team will compete in the Kitakyushu Champions Cup November 15-17, 2013 in Japan. The international tournament features Canada facing off against Australia, Korea, and host Japan in a number of friendly matches that promote barrier-free sport. It will be the team’s first international competition since placing sixth at the Americas Cup in July, and final tournament of 2013.
“This tournament is a tremendous opportunity for us to test ourselves against some of the top teams from a part of the world that we don’t often get to match up against. The timing works out great because our opponents will be peaking in their training cycle as they prepare to compete in the Asia Oceania zone qualification tournament at the end of the month. This helps ensure top level competition for our veteran guys, but also allows us to mix in a few of our up-and-coming stars and ensure they get increased exposure to international competition,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director Paul Zachau.
Canada’s roster in Kitakyushu will include twelve athletes and four staff. Seven of the players were part of the team’s gold medal run at the London 2012 Paralympics, including three-time Paralympic gold medalist Patrick Anderson who last competed for Canada in 2012. It also includes three youngsters who recently competed at the Men’s U23 World Championship in Turkey where Canada placed sixth including the tournament’s most valuable player Nik Goncin and all-star Vincent Dallaire.
The twelve men representing Team Canada at the Kitakyushu Cup are: (athletes’ city of residence indicated / returning players from the 2012 team denoted with a *):
|Aaron Moseley-Williams (Winnipeg, Man.)
Abdi Dini (Scarborough, Ont.) *
Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.) *
David Eng (Montreal, Que.) *
Deion Green (Victoria, B.C.)
Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.)
Nikola Goncin (Regina, Sask.)
Patrick Anderson (Fergus, Ont.) *
Robert “Bo” Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.) *
Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.) *
Vincent Dallaire (Quebec, Que.)
Yvon Rouillard (Montreal, Que.)
Head Coach: Jerry Tonello (Toronto, Ont.)*
Assistant Coach: Darrell Nordell (Edmonton, Alta.)*
Assistant Coach: Paul Bowes (London, Ont.)*
Lead Athletic / Physiotherapist: Brett Nagata (Stafford, UK)*
The action will commence on November 13 with a number of exhibition games and school visits planned.
About Team Canada
The Senior Men’s National Team went undefeated at the London 2012 Paralympics to capture their third gold medal in four Paralympic Games. It is the latest accomplishment in a sport dynasty that has placed them on the podium at four consecutive Paralympics and at five of the last six World Championships.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).
Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the Paralympic Games. Our senior national teams are held in high esteem around the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium with a combined six gold and one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.
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Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 203