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Wheelchair Basketball Canada – (January 9, 2017 – OTTAWA, ONT.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada, in collaboration with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association (OWSA), is pleased to welcome Shirka Shuriye to the organization in the role of Wheelchair Basketball Schools Program Coordinator.
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 inclusive program generates awareness for parasport and promotes positive attitudinal change toward disability. Working closely with the OWSA, Shuriye will oversee the delivery of the Schools Program in the Greater Toronto Area beginning in early 2017.
“We are excited to welcome Shirka to our team as we prepare to build upon the successful legacy of the Schools Program,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens. “Shirka brings tremendous enthusiasm to the role and he will be a great champion of the Schools Program as we work alongside the OWSA to contribute in a meaningful way to the growth of wheelchair basketball amongst youth in Ontario.”
Shuriye is a graduate of Brock University’s Bachelor of Sport Management program. He possesses both work and volunteer-related event management and operations experience with similar initiatives within the sport sector.
During his time with the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he assisted the organizing committee with the planning and delivery of the torch relay, including the execution of more than 130 school visits and 180 community celebrations along the relay route. His volunteer history includes roles with the Ontario Winter Games, the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto and the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon.
Shirka Shuriye, Wheelchair Basketball Schools Program Coordinator, can be reached at 416-564-2185 or at
The Schools Program is made possible thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). An agency of the Government of Ontario, the OTF is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.
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


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