Canadian women's wheelchair basketball team to compete in World Basketball Challenge in Georgia



    OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian women's wheelchair basketball
team will be competing at the Joseph F. Lyttle World Basketball Challenge in
Warm Springs, Georgia from June 4-7, 2008 as part of its preparations for the
upcoming Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
    "The competition at the Paralympic Games has intensified as countries are
becoming more interested in and are investing more in Paralympic sports," said
Debbie Low, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's 2008 Beijing Games Chef de
Mission, adding that adequate preparation will be key.
    Canada will be looking for their first World Basketball Challenge title
since 2002 and fifth podium finish in as many appearances at the World
Basketball Challenge. The last time they participated in the tournament in
2006, Canada finished third.
    The eight team tournament features two groups of competitors. Pool A
consists of Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Pool B is
made up by the United States, Germany, Japan and Mexico.
    "We are really excited about the tournament as it will be an opportunity
to see all of our key Paralympic opponents," said women's national team head
coach Tim Frick. "We'll get a chance to measure ourselves against the USA,
Germany and Australia, and then also see what progress the up and coming teams
like the Netherlands, Mexico, Japan and Great Britain have made."
    Canada's first game will be against the Netherlands on Wednesday, June 4,
2008 at 8 a.m.
    At the conclusion of the tournament, members of Team Canada will get the
chance to train at the University of Alabama for a few days before travelling
to Birmingham, Alabama for the North American Cup, from June 12-14.

    
    Schedule:

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008
    8 a.m.    Canada vs. Netherlands
    10 a.m.   USA vs. Japan
    1 p.m.    Australia vs. Great Britain
    3 p.m.    Germany vs. Mexico
    5 p.m.    Canada vs. Great Britain
    7 p.m.    USA vs. Mexico

    Thursday, June 5, 2008
    8 a.m.    Australia vs. Netherlands
    10 a.m.   Germany vs. Japan
    1 p.m.    Canada vs. Australia
    3 p.m.    USA vs. Germany
    5 p.m.    Netherlands vs. Great Britain
    7 p.m.    Japan vs. Mexico

    Friday, June 6, 2008
    8 a.m.    Game 1    Pool A 2nd Place vs. Pool B 3rd Place
    10 a.m.   Game 2    Pool A 3rd Place vs. Pool B 2nd Place
    1 p.m.    Game 3    Pool A 1st Place vs. Pool B 4th Place
    3 p.m.    Game 4    Pool A 4th Place vs. Pool B 1st Place
    5 p.m.    Game 5    Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3
    7 p.m.    Game 6    Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4

    Saturday, June 7, 2008
    8 a.m.    Game 7    Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 3
    10 p.m.   Game 8    Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 4
    1 p.m.    Game 9    Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6 3/4
    3 p.m.    Game 10   Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 1/2

    (*)Note: All games will be played the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute
       for Rehabilitation in Georgia, USA
    

    The Canadian national women's team is the defending world champion. They
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.




For further information:

For further information: Jody Kingsbury, Canadian Wheelchair Basketball
Association, (613) 260-1296, kingsbury@cwba.ca; Norma Reveler, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227, norma@paralympic.ca


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