ONPARA Announces 2020 Women’s Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Team
Senior Women’s provincial team selected for the 2019-2020 season championship
The Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is proud to formally announce the team originally selected to represent Ontario at the 2020 CWBL Women’s National Championship. The tournament was scheduled to take place in Amherst, Nova Scotia from April 3-5 but was among many of the events cancelled due to precautions surrounding COVID-19.
ONPARA recognizes of the hard work, dedication, and commitment demonstrated by the athletes through the 2019-2020 season in preparation for the national championship.
The athletes named to Team Ontario are as follows:
Andrea Foessel (Orangeville)
Zoë Hahn (Linwood)
Puisand Lai (Toronto)
Joanne Lee (Newmarket)
Josée Matte (Toronto)
Victoria Ross (Cambridge)
Tamara Steeves (Mississauga)
Christina Swett (Toronto)
The team was once again led by Head Coach Paul Bowes, who has been at the helm of the Ontario Senior Women’s program since the 2015-2016 season.
ONPARA and Team Ontario would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Basketball Nova Scotia and Wheelchair Basketball Canada for their time and effort spent organizing the Women’s National Championship over the past several months. We know the decision to cancel the event was not made lightly, but we are fully supportive of the actions that were taken in consideration of the safety, healthy, and well-being of the athletes, coaches, officials, classifiers, staff, volunteers, and the general public. We look forward to getting back on the court again in the future.
About the Ontario Junior Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Program
The Ontario Junior Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Program provides high performance training & competition opportunities for the province’s Junior-age athletes. The program operates on a four-year competition cycle leading up to the Canada Winter Games in the final year of the quadrennial. Wheelchair basketball provincial teams in Canada are open to athletes of all genders, with and without physical disabilities, making the sport one the most inclusive in the country. “Junior-age” wheelchair basketball players for the 2023 Canada Games cycle must be born in or after 1999 (24 years or younger the year of Canada Games).
About the Ontario Para Network
Formerly known as the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, our mission at the Ontario Para Network (ONPARA) is to grow adaptive sport opportunities across Ontario. As the governing body for wheelchair sports in the province, we strive to offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in wheelchair athletics, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis at recreational, competitive and high performance levels.