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:

Team Ontario

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 Women’s Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Program
The Ontario Women’s Provincial Program brings together women and girls from across the province with the intent of fostering competition, development, leadership, and camaraderie among female wheelchair basketball players. The Ontario Senior Women aim to compete every year in the CWBL Women’s National Championship against other women’s club teams and provincial teams from across Canada. The Ontario Development Women compete in the Défi Sportif as an opportunity to further their development and help strengthen the next generation of Ontario wheelchair basketball players.

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.