TORONTO, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - All of the fast moving, intense action,
and eye-opening excitement of the largest women's world wheelchair
basketball championship in history will be on full digital display when
the teams hit the hardcourt June 20-28 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
The 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship organizing
committee is pleased to announce that all 44 games of the competition
will be available to watch live online through CBC Sports' free desktop
video player and SportsCanada.TV's digital platforms. Daily video
highlights will also be made available and distributed to media outlets
"We are looking forward to turning some heads this week when Toronto is
treated to some of the top ball players in the world showcasing their
supreme talents during eight days of fierce competition. So it is with
great enthusiasm that we get the opportunity to team up with
world-class media partners in order to deliver the experience with
viewers from coast-to-coast and on every continent. CBC Sports is a
leading member of Canada's Paralympic Media Consortium, and both
SportsCanada.TV, and SendtoNews are recognized leaders in sports
coverage. All of us share a common passion for sharing the ability of
sport to move people," said Tournament Director Wendy Gittens.
The milestone event features teams from 12 competing countries and
celebrates the ongoing growth of women's sport, inclusivity, and
accessibility. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
(IWBF) event is hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada.
Veteran broadcaster Rob Snoek (@RobSnoekLIVE) will lead a team of play-by-play and colour analysts that include
wheelchair basketball pioneer Tim Frick (@CoachFrick), who is the winningest coach in wheelchair basketball history, and
Marni Abbott-Peter who is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist and
four-time world champion.
The action starts Friday June 20th at 8 am ET and continues through to the gold medal match Saturday June
28th at 3 pm ET. Team Canada will play daily with their first match
scheduled for this Friday against Japan following the tournament's
opening ceremonies at 12:30 pm ET.
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh consecutive podium
finish at the world championship, and the tournament will be Canada's
first major test on the road to the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games
and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
A detailed competition schedule is available on the event website.
For more information please visit www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com / #2014wcbasketball.
About the Event
Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will
attend the 2014 WWWBC that features 12 participating countries.
Canadians can catch a sneak peek at the top 12 female wheelchair
basketball players in Canada, including emerging local talent and
highly decorated stars, preparing to compete in one of the most
fiercely competitive and exciting spectator sports to be played at the
Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
About Team Canada
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh straight podium
performance, remarkably, having medalled at every single world
championship including the capture of four consecutive gold medals
(1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), and bronze medals in 1990 and 2010.
About the Host
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the host of the 2014 Women's World
Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The event marks Canada's fourth
opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball
championship - having previously hosted the Men's World Championship in
1994, the inaugural U23 Men's World Championships in 1997, and the
first-ever U25 Women's World Championships in 2011.
SOURCE: Wheelchair Basketball Canada
For further information:
to request a photo, or to schedule an interview contact:
Courtney Pollock, Coordinator
Communications & Media Relations
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Jody Kingsbury, Manager
Marketing & Communications
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
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