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(TORONTO, ONT.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada announced that 12 athletes will participate in the upcoming men’s training camp from June 5-12 in Giulianova, Italy.

The camp, which will see a mix of on-court and off-court activities, will serve as the final camp before selecting the men’s roster for the IWBF Americas Cup. In addition to practices, Canada will participate in the International Tournament of the City of Giulianova, which will see them play six games against Italy, Poland, and Spain from June 7-12.

“This camp will allow our staff to evaluate talent ahead of making roster selections for July’s Americas Cup,” said Jeff Dunbrack, Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director. “Additionally, the games will give our athletes excellent competition as they continue to build chemistry for upcoming competitions.”

The 12 athletes heading to Italy are: 

Blaise Mutware (Toronto, Ont.)
Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.)
Colin Higgins (Rothesay, N.B.)
Garrett Ostepchuk (Regina, Sask.)
Jesse Heubner (Kitchener, Ont.)
Lee Melymick (Toronto, Ont.)
Nik Goncin (Regina, Sask.)
Reed De’Aeth (Sherwood Park, Alta.)
Bo Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.)
Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.)
Vincent Dallaire (Quebec City, Que.)
Westley Johnston (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)

Matteo Feriani (Padova, Italy) – Senior Men’s Head Coach
Joey Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.) –  Senior Men’s Assistant Coach

Additional Wheelchair Basketball Canada Support Staff
Brett Nagata (Toronto, Ont.) – Senior Men’s Athletic Therapist & WBC Lead Therapist
Luke Vanderheyden (Hamilton, Ont.) – Physical Preparation Specialist 
Joe Leszner (Thornhill, Ont.) –  Mental Performance Consultant
Dylan Carter (Toronto, Ont.) – Performance Analyst

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 committed to excellence in developing, supporting, and promoting wheelchair basketball programs and services from grassroots to high performance for all Canadians. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem worldwide for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information, please visit


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Wheelchair Basketball Canada
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