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(TORONTO, ONT.) – Wheelchair Basketball Canada announced that 16 athletes will participate in a training camp from April 17-21 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto.

The five-day camp will feature a mix of on-court practices and off-court activities as preparation continues for selecting the Senior Women’s National Team roster for the IWBF World Championships (June 9-20).

“This camp will provide our women’s coaching staff and athletes an opportunity to build chemistry as we gear up for the IWBF World Championships,” said Jeff Dunbrack, Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director. “Additionally, it will give our high performance staff another opportunity to evaluate the athletes before making roster selections for Dubai.”

The 16 athletes participating are: 

Senior Athletes
Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.)
Cindy Ouellet (Quebec City, Que.)
Élodie Tessier (Saint-Germain de Grantham, Que.)
Kady Dandeneau (Pender Island, B.C.)
Melanie Hawtin (Oakville, Ont.)
Sandrine Bérubé (Beauharnois, Que.)
Tara Llanes (North Vancouver, B.C.)
Tamara Steeves (Mississauga, Ont.) 
Puisand Lai (Toronto, Ont.)
Maude Jacques (Lac-Beauport, Que.)

Next Gen Athletes
Anikka Cassidy (Calgary, Alta.)
Sofia Fassi-Fehri (Montreal, Que.) 
Aurélie Jacob-Verreault (Lévis, Que.)
Megan Smith (Vancouver, B.C.)

Red Aces
Katie Miyazaki (Richmond, B.C.)
Kelly Harris (Midland, Ont.) 


Marni Abbott-Peter (Vancouver, B.C.) – Senior Women’s Head Coach
Tim Frick (Pender Island, B.C.) –  Assistant Coach
Dylan Carter (Toronto, Ont.) – Assistant Coach & WBC Performance Analyst

Additional Support Staff

Paul Murata (Toronto, Ont.) – Senior Women’s Athletic Therapist
Joe Leszner (Thornhill, Ont.) – Mental Performance Consultant
Colby Hathaway (Four Falls, N.B.) – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Luke Vanderheyden (Hamilton, Ont.) – Physical Preparation Specialist
Jeff Dunback (Halifax, N.S.) – High Performance Director 
Hailey Roll (Mississauga, Ont.) – High Performance Coordinator

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


For more information, please contact:

Dhiren Mahiban

Communications & Digital Media Manager
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
C: 416-574-6682