Groundbreaking Wheelchair Basketball Academy to launch October 1st at the University of Toronto Scarborough

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

(September 24, 2013 - TORONTO, ONT.) - Canada has reached the podium at the previous six Paralympic Games, including winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympics, and on October 1st the launch of the world’s first full-time, year-round, daily training environment for high performance wheelchair basketball athletes at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will ensure Canada remains a world leader.

Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) is inviting media to the launch of this groundbreaking initiative led by Head Coach / Academy Director Mike Frogley, who is widely considered the brightest mind in the game. It is a homegrown solution designed to train the next generation of elite athletes in their pursuit of gold at future world championships and Paralympic Games, including the 2014 Women’s World Championship in Toronto, the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games and beyond.

What:
Launch of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy
* The world’s first full-time, year-round daily training environment for high performance wheelchair basketball athletes

Who:
* Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
* Government of Ontario Representative (tbc)
* Karen O’Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee
* Wendy Gittens, Executive Director, WBC
* Mike Frogley, Head Coach / Academy Director, WBC
* Scott McRoberts, Athletics Director, UTSC
* Tyler Miller, London 2012 Gold Medalist / Academy Athlete and other elite wheelchair basketball athletes

When:
Tuesday October 1, 2013
* Open practice starting at 8:00 a.m. ET
* Athlete Interview Availability 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET
* Press Conference from 9:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET
* Additional Interviews as needed 9:35 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET

Where:
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
* Athletics and Recreation Centre (1265 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario)

Media Information: please contact Jody Kingsbury, marketing & communications manager, WBC, at jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca or (ph.): 613-260-1296 ext. 204 or (cell): 613-851-2337 in advance for interviews by phone or on site.

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, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.

For more information visit: www.wheelchairbasketball.ca

Latest News

  • Dr. Cheri Blauwet
    September 21, 2017
    Dr. Cheri Blauwet, the seven-time Paralympic medallist and instructor at Harvard Medical School, says society needs a universal vision when it comes to viewing sport and health promotion in her keynote address at the VISTA 2017 Conference this...
  • Dr. Robert Steadward (left), Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey and Andrew Parsons at VISTA Conference in Toronto
    September 21, 2017
    September 20, 2017, TORONTO – Britain’s Victoria Goosey-Tolfrey was presented with the Scientific Award in Wednesday’s Opening Ceremony to cap day one at the 2017 VISTA Conference being held until Saturday at the Chelsea Hotel and the Toronto Pan Am...
  • Andrew Parsons Elected President Of International Paralympic Committee
    September 8, 2017
    Brazil’s Andrew Parsons has been elected President of the International Paralympic Committee at the IPC 18th General Assembly, succeeding Sir Philip Craven, who has led the organization since 2001. Canadian Paralympian Patrick Jarvis was one of four...
  • 12 Medals For Canada At Pan Am Track Championships
    September 6, 2017
    Team Canada won an incredible 12 medals, including five gold at the Pan Am Track Championships, the Continental Championships for North, Central and South America. The Championships were held in Trinidad, over August 30th to September 3rd. Canada...
  • Canadian Women Complete Golden Performance At Americas Cup
    August 31, 2017
    Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City netted 35 points to lead Canada to an 82-56 victory over the United States on Tuesday August 29 to win the gold medal in the women’s championship final at the Americas Cup wheelchair basketball tournament. “We came out...