VANCOUVER, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Just back from the Good Luck Beijing
International Invitational in Beijing, China, the Canadian women's national
wheelchair basketball team will be training in Vancouver at Douglas College,
New Westminster from January 28 to February 10, 2008.
The team is now preparing for its next pre-Beijing Paralympic Games
tournament - the Women's International Wheelchair Basketball Friendship Games
to be held in Osaka, Japan on February 12, 2008.
"Although it will be at the end of a tiring five-week stretch, the Osaka
Friendship Games is still critical to our preparation for the Paralympic
Games," said head coach Tim Frick.
At the Good Luck Beijing tournament, Canada defeated Germany in the final
of the Good Luck Beijing tournament Friday January 25, 2008 to win gold.
In round-robin play at the Beijing tournament, Canada lost its first game
in overtime 65-57 to Germany on January 20, fell 52-42 to a hot Japan on
January 21, and then beat host China 54-42 on January 22.
"At this point in the season, we're doing a lot of teaching and learning
activities, so it's not surprising that it is interfering with our ability to
shoot in flow," said coach Bill Johnson. "We're getting the opportunities, and
as we peak for the Beijing Paralympic Games in September, the goal is
At the Osaka tournament, the women will compete against some of the
world's top-seeded teams, including Australia, Japan and the United States. At
the first ever Osaka Friendship Games in 2007, Canada won gold with a 66-41
win over Australia.
"The Osaka tournament gives us a chance to judge our progress in terms of
team play. After the Beijing test event, we'll have a couple of weeks together
at Douglas College to work on systems and plays," said Frick.
Several members of the Canadian team are from British Columbia, including
Misty Thomas, MJ Boudreault, Arley McNeney, Elisha Williams, Jessica Desmazes
and Nancy Lafleche.
Canada's women's national basketball team qualified for the Beijing 2008
Paralympic Games by winning silver at the 2007 Parapanamerican Games in August
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Rio, Canada lost 50-44 to the United States in
Canada, heads into the 2008 Paralympic Games seeded number one. Canada,
the reigning world champion, won bronze at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games
and gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
The Beijing Paralympic Summer Games run from September 6-17, 2008 in
January-February Camp 2008 Schedule
Date Time Activity Location
Jan 28/08 9 am-11:45 am Practice Douglas College Pinetree
Jan 28/08 2 pm-4 pm Practice Douglas College Pinetree
Jan 29/08 9 am-11:30 am Practice Douglas College NewWest
Jan 29/08 5 pm-7 pm Practice Collingwood (70 Morven Dr.)
Jan 30/08 2 pm-4 pm Practice Douglas NewWest
Jan 30/08 8 pm-10 pm Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 1/08 1 pm-4 pm Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 1/08 Evening Tournament Collingwood School
Feb 2-3/08 Tournament at Collingwood School
Feb 5/08 9:30 am-12:00 Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 5/08 7 pm-9 pm Practice Bryne Creek Secondary
Feb 6/08 2 pm-4 pm Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 6/08 8 pm-10 pm Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 8/08 8:30 am-11am Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 8/08 1 pm-4 pm Practice Douglas NewWest
Feb 10/08 Time TBD Depart for Vancouver Airport
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Norma Reveler, Canadian
Paralympic Committee media relations, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227,