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BC Wheelchair Basketball – February 27, 2019 (Vancouver B.C.)  BC Wheelchair Basketball’s top competitive female athletes are in their final preparation for the 2019 CWBL Women’s National Championship.  The 2019 CWBL Women’s Championship will be hosted by Parasport Quebec in Montreal, Quebec, April 12 to 14, 2019.

“We are very happy with the athletes that will make up the BC Breakers in 2019. Many of them have shown tremendous improvements through this season, and I believe that we can finish on the podium with this team and possibly have BC’s best result since the gold-medal finish in 2014,” said Makiko Harada, Head Coach,  BC Breakers. “We have a great mixture of veteran and young players who will proudly represent BC at the national championship. This team has great chemistry and I’m looking forward to seeing where their hard work and our teamwork will lead us to.”

BC Wheelchair Basketball is pleased to announce the following athletes named to the BC Breakers travelling to Montreal in April:

Ryleigh Bissenden  -4.5 (Victoria)

Lannette Boland -4.5 (Pender Island)   

Kady Dandeneau -4.5 (Pender Island) 
 
Kelly Harris -4.5 (Nanaimo)

Tara Llanes -1.5 (North Vancouver) 
 
Amanda Pinheiro (née Yan) -3.0 (Burnaby)   
        
Megan Smith -2.5 (Vancouver)       
                 
Shira Stanfield -1.5 (Vancouver)

Ryleigh Bissenden, Lannette Boland and Megan Smith have recently returned from the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer where they helped Team BC finish in 6th place. “The (2019) Canada games were one of the best experiences not just of my sports career, but of my life. I have such great memories from that team and the Canada Games,” remarks Lannette Boland.  “I love being part of a team, and thanks to wheelchair basketball and BCWBS, I get to experience representing my province again at these national championships.” 

BC Breakers will play against teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and host province Quebec at the 2019 CWBL Women’s national championship.

About BC Wheelchair Basketball Society
The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS) is the provincial sports’ governing body which provides support to wheelchair basketball programs throughout BC. BCWBS’s mission is to provide experiences that inspire inclusion, participation and excellence through wheelchair basketball.
 
About the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League
The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) was founded in 1986 and has two primary divisions: the open division and the women’s division. The league features wheelchair basketball club teams from across Canada and culminates each season with a national league championship for each division. The league is fully integrated as both divisions welcome athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes to play in the spirit of competition. It often features some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, including past, present and future members of Team Canada.
 
About the 2019 CWBL Women’s National Championship
The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Women’s National Championship takes place annually when the top competitive women’s club teams in the country compete for the national title. This year, the CWBL’s will take place in Montreal, Quebec from April 12-14, 2019.  For more information please see Wheelchair Basketball Canada.

For more information:
Please contact:

Michelle Comeau
BCWBS Communications Manager
Mobile: 403-512-7671 or email: michellercomeau@gmail.com