Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team To Compete At Kitakyushu Champions Cup To Wrap Up 2013 Schedule

Friday, November 8, 2013

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 (* indicates members of the 2012 Paralympic gold medal team):

  • 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.

Source

News Category: 

Latest News

  • Ruck wins gold, breaks new Canadian age group record
    July 27, 2017
    TORONTO – Double Olympic medallist Taylor Ruck set a new Canadian age group record (15-17) in the girls 200-m backstroke on an exciting first night of finals at the RBC Canadian Junior Championships. Ruck began the day by setting the new Canadian...
  • Bronze medal, Canadian record for mixed medley relay
    July 27, 2017
    BUDAPEST , Hungary –Canadians were on the podium again as records fell for a second straight night at FINA World Championships Wednesday in Budapest, Hungary. The 4×100-m mixed medley relay team of Kylie Masse, Richard Funk, Penny Oleksiak and Yuri...
  • Ontario Closing the Gender Gap in Sport
    July 26, 2017
    Province Launches Action Plan to Improve Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport Ontario is taking action to close the gender gap and give women and girls equal access to opportunities in the sport and recreation sector. Eleanor McMahon, Minister...
  • Masse sets world record, becomes Canada’s first female world champion
    July 25, 2017
    BUDAPEST , Hungary – It was an historic night for Kylie Masse as she set a world record in the 100-m backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary Tuesday. The 21-year-old from Windsor, Ont., stopped the clock in 58.10 to win gold...
  • Masse lowers national record on way to 100 back final
    July 25, 2017
    BUDAPEST , Hungary – Kylie Masse is one step away from a medal at FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The 21-year-old from Windsor, Ont., maintained her No. 1 world ranking and shaved down her Canadian record in her 100-m backstroke...