Teams set for inaugural women's U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

December 21, 2010

(Ottawa,
ON) The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) has announced the
ten countries that will participate in the inaugural Women's U25 World
Wheelchair Basketball Championships being held at Brock University situated in
St. Catharines, Ontario, July 15-23, 2011.

Maureen
Orchard, President of IWBF, recently visited Brock University for a site visit.
She met with the local organizing committee and officials from Wheelchair
Basketball Canada who is the official host of the championship. Teams will come
from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Mexico, The
Netherlands, South Africa and the United States.

"I am
very excited about the fact that there are ten countries sending teams to the
event. We have countries from all four zones of IWBF. When Canada hosted the
firstUnder 23 Men's World Championship in 1997 we started with seven teams from
three of the zones. So I am very proud to see the commitment from our members to
support the women in this way," said Orchard.

"It
is truly remarkable to witness the growth and development of our sport in Canada
and around the world. We are particularly proud to host this inaugural event for
young female wheelchairbasketball athletes and look forward to showcasing their
talents, said Wendy Gittens, Executive Director of Wheelchair Basketball
Canada.

Gittens
confirmed that the dates of the Championship are July 15 – 23, 2011 with teams
arriving on the 13 to practice and to be classified. She mentioned that
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is looking forward to working with IWBF to host
clinics and to use this event to heighten the awareness of women through a
series of events around the Championship. There will be more information about
these events in the coming months.

"Along
with our hosting partners Brock University and the Niagara Sport Commission we
look forward to hosting a world-class competition and encourage all participants
to experience the beauty and accessibility of the surrounding Niagara Region,"
said Gittens.

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 Canadianmember 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 five gold and
one silver medal in the last four Paralympic Games. Visit: www.wheelchairbasketball.ca
for
more information.

For
further information, please contact:

Jody
Kingsbury

Communications,
Wheelchair Basketball Canada

(613) 260-1296 ext.
204

jkingsbury@wheelchair

basketball.ca

Jeff
Sinibaldi

Media Relations,
Brock University

(905) 688-5550 ext.
4687

Jjsinibaldi@brocku.ca

Scott
McRoberts

Director Niagara
Sport Commission

(905)
354-5557

scott.mcroberts@niagara

sportcommission.com

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