Canadian women's wheelchair basketball team returns with gold from China and gets ready in Vancouver for Japan



    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
automaticity."
    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
the final.
    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
China.

    
                     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
                                starts
    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
                                Osaka
    

    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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