Toronto Welcomes Top Panamerican Teams For 2015 Americas Wheelchair Basketball Challenge March 22-26

March 9, 2015

Abdi Dini

(March 9, 2015 - OTTAWA, ONT.) - The sound of clashing metal, the smell of burning rubber, and the sweet taste of victory will bring the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto to life when the top wheelchair basketball athletes in the western hemisphere arrive for the 2015 Americas Wheelchair Basketball Challenge March 22-26th. Hungry to reclaim their status as the #1 team in the world, the defending Paralympic gold medal winning Canadian Men’s National Team will host Americas zone rivals Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and the USA in the friendly warm-up tournament that offers a sneak peak at the top competitors gearing up for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.

TV Photo Op: Catch a glimpse of the sheer athleticism, speed, and intensity of the wheelchair basketball players that will star in the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games

Who: Panamerican rivals Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and USA vs. Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team (Paralympic Games experience denoted with a *):

  • #4 Deion Green (Victoria, B.C.)
  • #5 Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.)
  • #6 Bo Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.)*
  • #7 Vincent Dallaire (Quebec, Que.)
  • #8 Peter Won (Sylvan Lake, Alta.)
  • #9 Adam Lancia (Scarborough, Ont.)*
  • #10 Abdi Dini (Scarborough, Ont.)*
  • #11 Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.)*
  • #12 Nik Goncin (Regina, Sask.)
  • #13 Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.)
  • #14 Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.)*
  • #15 David Eng (Montreal, Que.)*     
  • Head Coach: Jerry Tonello (Toronto, Ont.)

What: 2015 Americas Wheelchair Basketball Challenge

When:

  • Canada vs. Argentina Sunday March 22 at 6:15p.m. ET
  • Canada vs. Brazil Monday March 23 at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Canada open practice: Tuesday March 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
  • Canada vs. Colombia Wednesday March 25 at 6:15 p.m. ET
  • Feature Game: Canada vs USA Thursday March 26 at 6:15 p.m. ET

Where:
Mattamy Athletic Centre
50 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ont. M5B 1J2

Interviews with Team Canada athletes and coaches can be scheduled by contacting: Jody Kingsbury at 613-851-2337 or jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca

The 2015 Americas Wheelchair Basketball Challenge is the first major test for the Canadian Men’s National Team that must finish amongst the top two teams at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games in August in order to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

 

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 the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.

For more information visit: www.wheelchairbasketball.ca

 

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Media contacts:

Jody Kingsbury
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Cell: 613-851-2337
jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca

Courtney Pollock 
Coordinator, Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 203
cpollock@wheelchairbasketball.ca