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Wheelchair Basketball Canada – (March 27, 2017 – TORONTO, ONT.) – Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC), in collaboration with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA), is thrilled to celebrate the launch of its Schools Program on Thursday March 30, 2017 at Banting and Best Public School in Scarborough, Ont.

The Schools Program is designed to educate teachers and students about the sport of wheelchair basketball and encourage youth, with or without a disability, to be physically active. The program promotes inclusion and creates a meaningful legacy in the community both leading up to and beyond the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship this June in Toronto.

The launch event will feature a demonstration and students will have the opportunity to try the sport for themselves alongside the top up-and-coming players in the country.

Media are invited to attend the launch of the Schools Program to catch a glimpse of some of Canada’s elite National Team program athletes, including hopefuls set to represent Team Canada at the Men’s U23 World Championship from June 8-16, 2017 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

What: Launch of the Wheelchair Basketball Schools Program

  • Demo featuring National Team program athletes and give the sport a try session for students


  • Ontario Trillium Foundation Representative (TBC)
  • Wendy Gittens, WBC Executive Director
  • Laura Wilson, OWSA Executive Director
  • Paralympians Melanie Hawtin (Oakville, Ont.), Erica Gavel (Prince Albert, Sask.) and Ben Moronchuk (Edmonton, Alta.), as well as other National Team program athletes

When: Thursday March 30, 2017 – 9:30-11 a.m. ET (Interview availability at 10 a.m. ET)

Where: Banting and Best Public School – 380 Goldhawk Trail, Scarborough, Ont. M1V 4E7

The Schools Program is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


About Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information, visit

About the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association

The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA) is the provincial governing body for wheelchair athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis throughout the province of Ontario. The OWSA mission is to grow wheelchair sports opportunities across Ontario and the organization strives to create opportunities for athletes with disabilities to participate in sport at the recreational, competitive, and high performance levels. For more information, visit

Media Contact: 

Courtney Pollock
Manager, Communications and Marketing
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
T: 613-260-1296 ext. 203