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(TORONTO, ONT.) – Wheelchair Basketball Canada announced 13 athletes will participate in the Women’s Under-25 Camp in Richmond, B.C., from August 15-19, 2023. Additionally, 16 athletes will participate in the NextGen Camp at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The five-day U25 camp will include a mix of practices, off-court activities and games against Japan’s U25 Team, highlighted by the Feature Game on Friday, August 18, 2023, which is free and open to the public. Tip-off for the Feature Game is 7 p.m. PT at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

“This camp will provide our High Performance staff an opportunity to evaluate the athletes before making final roster decisions for the Women’s U25 team ahead of the World Championship,” said Jeff Dunbrack, Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director. “The NextGen Camp is a chance for WBC staff to identify NextGen athletes and future athletes for the Women’s Under-25 program and Men’s Under-23 Team.”

The 2023 IWBF Women’s World Championship will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from October 3-9,2023. 

“We are excited to host the Japanese team in Canada,” said Marni Abbott-Peter, Women’s U25 Head Coach. “Also, having the NextGen athletes to train and compete against will give us some great reps in our preparations for the U25 World Championships in October.”

U25 Women
Lily Brook—Salmon Arm, B.C.
Charlotte McElroy—Hamilton, Ont.
Desiree Isaac-Pictou—Ugpi’ganjig First Nation
Bethany Johnson—Winnipeg, Man.
Mercy Nyakundi—Hamilton, Ont.
Megan Smith—Vancouver, B.C.
Sana Worley—Brampton, Ont.
Maggie Manning—Salmon Arm, B.C.
Elise Froese—Victoria, B.C.
Katie Bajema—Sturgeon County, Alta.
Puisand Lai—Toronto, Ont.
Kayla MacKinnon—Dartmouth, N.S.
Aurélie Jacob-Verreault—Lévis, Que.

NextGen Athletes
Brandon Twaites—Pitt Meadows, B.C.
Brooke Perepeluk—Prince George 
Caden Hyde—Chilliwack, B.C.   
Cameron Gelowitz—Kamloops, B.C.
Greg Smart—Maple Ridge, B.C.
Hunter Berg—Swift Current, Sask.
Judah Websdale—Spruce Grove, Alta.
Keaton MacEachern—Chilliwack, B.C.
Lachlan Sandford—Mission, B.C.       
Malcolm Hunter—Prince George, B.C.
Matthew Norris—Langley, B.C.
Mohamed-Saheed Alawiye—Airdrie, Alta. 
Riley Stiles—Prince George, B.C. 
Hannah de Carvalho – Port Moody, B.C.
Jeffer Ward—Vancouver, B.C.         
Shelby Borschawa—Prince George, B.C. 

U25 Women’s Coaches
Marni Abbott-Peter (Vancouver, B.C.)—U25 Women’s Head Coach
Dylan Carter (Toronto, Ont.)—U25 Women’s Assistant Coach

NextGen Camp Coaches
Darrell Nordell (Edmonton, Alta.)—Under-23 Men’s Head Coach
Jared Sajtos (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Simon Cass (Victoria, B.C.)

Additional Support Staff 
Makiko Harada (New Westminister, B.C.)—Translator, Lead LOC, Team Japan Host
Paul Murata (Toronto, Ont.)—Senior Women’s Athletic Therapist
Jeff Dunbrack (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

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