Canadian men's wheelchair basketball hosts "friendly" tournament at Brock University



    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian men's national
wheelchair basketball team will train and participate in a friendly tournament
with Japan and the University of Illinois in St. Catharines, Ontario from
February 4-10.
    The training at Brock University will follow the NWBA Division 1
tournament and extensive athlete testing at the Canadian Sport Center (CSC)
Ontario.
    "The training camp at Brock University, the time we'll spend at CSC
Ontario and the games against the Japanese national team and the University of
Illinois are going to provide a great training situation as we prepare for
Beijing and the 2008 Paralympics," said Head Coach Mike Frogley. "We will
start the week with sports science testing at the CSC Ontario. It has been and
will continue to be testing of this nature that will keep Canada among the
best in the world. This is a new partnership that we hope will grow in coming
years as they have some of the best training and testing facilities in
Canada."
    Canada's men's national team is currently the world champion and is
ranked number one in the world. Most recently, the team returned from the
"Good Luck Beijing" International Invitational in Beijing with a Gold medal
after defeating Australia 55-49 in the final.
    "We are looking forward to seeing our men's wheelchair basketball team go
for a third straight gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games this
September," said Debbie Low, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's 2008 Beijing
Games Chef de Mission. "Canada will have to be well prepared. The growth of
the Paralympic Movement has produced increased interest and investment in
Paralympic sports around the world and the competition at the Paralympic Games
has intensified."
    The results of the week's training at Brock University will be directly
applied against some of the top competition in the world - the Japanese
national team - and some the world's best up-and-coming players from the
University of Illinois.
    "The week will end with exhibition games against two fast and energetic
teams from the University of Illinois and the national team from Japan. We
expect to build on our momentum that started in Beijing last week beating our
arch-rivals from Australia in the finals," said associate head coach Jerry
Tonello.
    The Canadian team has already qualified for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic
Summer Games. Many of the players vying for a spot to represent Canada next
summer at the Beijing Games will be participating at this training camp and
tournament at Walker Complex, Brock University.
    The Canadian men's team is looking for its third consecutive gold medal
at a Paralympic Games. Canada won gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games and
the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
    "Every chance we get to get together and train helps us get one step
closer to our goal - gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games," added Frogley.

    
    Practice Schedule
    Tuesday, Feb. 5
    8 am-10 am       Japan                    Beddis 3, 4
    10 am-12 pm      Canada                   Beddis 3, 4
    12 pm-2 pm       Japan                    Beddis 3, 4
    2 pm-4:30 pm     Canada                   Beddis 3, 4
    7 pm-9 pm        Canada                   Gym 2

    Wednesday, Feb. 6
    8 am-10 am       Japan                    Beddis 3, 4
    10 am-12 pm      Canada                   Beddis 3, 4
    12 pm-2 pm       Japan                    Beddis 3, 4
    2 pm-4:30 pm     Canada                   Beddis 3, 4

    Thursday, Feb. 7
    1 pm-4:30 pm     Japan                    Beddis 3, 4
    8 pm-10 pm                                Canada Davis (tentative)

    Friday, Feb. 8
    10 am-12 pm      Japan                    Beddis 3, 4
    12 pm-2 pm       Canada                   Beddis 3, 4
    2 pm-4 pm        U of Illinois            Beddis 3, 4

    Game Schedule
    Friday, Feb. 8
    6 pm-8 pm        Canada v Japan           Gym 2
    8 pm-10 pm       Canada v U of Illinois   Gym 2

    Saturday, Feb. 9
    9 am-11 am       U of Illinois v Japan    Beddis 1, 2
    11 am-1 pm       Canada v Japan           Beddis 1, 2
    2 pm-4 pm        Canada v U of Illinois   Gym 2
    7 pm-9 pm        Canada v Japan           Gym 2

    Sunday, Feb. 10
    9 am-11 am       Japan v U of Ilinois David


    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);
    Dave Durepos       (Fredericton, NB/Fredericton, NB);
    David Eng          (Montreal, QC/Montreal, QC);
    John Burns         (Guelph, ON/Guelph, ON);
    Mickael Poulin     (Ancienne-Lorrette, QC/Ancienne-Lorrette, QC);
    Richard Peter      (Duncan, BC/Vancouver, BC);
    Richard Poon       (Vancouver, BC/Vancouver, BC);
    Robert Hedges      (Fort St. John, BC/Wonowon, BC);
    Shayne Dunnett     (Fredericton, NB/Fredericton, NB);
    Yvon Rouillard     (Montreal, QC/Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, QC)

    Coaches
    Jerry Tonello, Associate Head Coach
    Marc Antoine, Assistant Coach
    Reggie Goodman, Assistant Coach
    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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