Canada's best wheelchair basketball players participating in NWBA tournament in Toronto



    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball
Association (CWBA) will be hosting the National Wheelchair Basketball
Association (NWBA) Division I tournament from February, 1-3, 2008 at the
University of Toronto Mississauga Campus.
    A number of members from the Canadian men's wheelchair basketball team,
having just returned from the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational
tournament in Beijing, China will be participating at this event. Canada
returned from Beijing with gold, after defeating Australia 55-49 in the final.
    The NWBA league, one of the most competitive leagues in North America,
features some of the best players in the world, including Canada's Patrick
Anderson who will be competing for Team BC. Teams competing will include
Dallas, Milwaukee, British Columbia, and athletes from the national team and
development pool, representing Team Canada.
    The team will participate in four regular season tournaments, including
the NWBA Division 1 competition, prior to attending the finals in Lexington,
Kentucky.
    Many of the players vying for a spot on Canada's team that will be
heading to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games are participating in the NWBA
tournament. Canada's men's national basketball team has already qualified for
the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games. However, the players named to the
team heading to Beijing will be selected at a camp in April.
    The Beijing Paralympic Summer Games run from September 6-17, 2008 in
China.

    Game Schedule

    Friday, February 1:
    7 pm  Dallas vs Canada

    Saturday, February 2:
    9 am  Canada vs Milwaukee
    11am BC vs Dallas
    2 pm Dallas vs Milwaukee
    4 pm BC vs Canada

    Sunday, February 3:
    9 am Milwaukee vs BC

    Canadian men's team roster

    (xx)The first city in brackets is the athlete's city of birth and the
    second is his current city of residence.

    Players

    Abdi Fatah (Somalia, Africa/Scarborough, ON)
    Adam Lancia (Scarborough, ON/Scarborough, ON)
    Anthony Purcell (Halifax, NS/Halifax, NS)
    Bradley Bowden (Mississauga, ON/Orton, ON)
    Chad Jassman (Medicine Hat, AB/Calgary AB)
    Chris Stoutenburg (Collingwood, ON/Collingwood, ON)
    Corey Smith (Ottawa, ON/Nepean, ON)
    David Eng (Montreal, QC/Montreal, QC)
    Mickael Poulin (Ancienne-Lorrette, QC/Ancienne-Lorrette, QC)
    Shayne Dunnet (Fredericton, NB/Fredericton, NB)
    John Burns (Guelph, ON/Guelph, ON)
    Yvon Rouillard (Montreal, QC/Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)

    Coaches

    Jerry Tonello, Associate Head Coach
    Darrell Nordell, Assistant Coach
    Jamie Peers, Assistant Coach
    James Laskin, Physiotherapist
    Jeff Dunbrack, Team Manager

    About Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic
Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games.
The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all
levels. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

    About the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association

    The Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association (CWBA) is the national
sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair
basketball in Canada. The CWBA is committed to sport excellence in the
development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and
services for all Canadians. It is committed to providing opportunities for
athletes with a disability to participate in a fully integrated sport program
at the level they choose. It promotes growth at the initiation, developmental,
competitive and elite levels, and offers programs for youth, women and men.




For further information:

For further information: Jeff Dunbrack, Canadian team high performance
coordinator, (613) 260-1296, ext. 202, jeff@cwba.ca; Norma Reveler, Canadian
Paralympic Committee media relations, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227,
norma@paralympic.ca


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