Junior Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Program

Junior Team 2023-2024

The Team 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. A regional or national level competition is held at the end of each season in Year 1-3 of the cycle.

Athletes will have the opportunity to try out for Team Ontario at the beginning of every season from Year 1-3 in order to be selected to represent Ontario at the season’s regional/national championships. Year 4 tryouts will be by invite only. Tryout details & selection criteria will made available online and will be communicated to club coaches and athletes prior to selection camps.

The Junior Provincial Program is led by a knowledgeable, qualified, enthusiastic, and dedicated coaching staff tasked with overseeing athlete development and program growth.

Junior Provincial Program

Head Coach: Kathy Ludwig
Assistant Coach: Josh Davies
Assistant Coach: Andrea Foessel

Year 1 – Junior East Regional Championship (March 8 – 10, 2024 Montreal, Quebec)
Year 2 – Junior East Regional Championship (TBD)
Year 3 – Junior National Championship (TBD)
Year 4 – Canada Winter Games (2027, Quebec City, Quebec)


Selection Criteria
2024 Ontario Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team


  • All players must be members in good standing with ONPARA
  • All players must be born between January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2011
  • All players must be willing and able to travel and care for themselves
  • All players must attend at least ONE selection camp between October and December or speak to the Head Coach to be considered for Team Ontario for the 2024 Junior Eastern Championships

**However, athletes should attempt, to the best of their ability, to attend all camps throughout the season.

Primary Selection Criteria:

  • The desire to represent Ontario at the 2024 Junior Eastern Championships
  • Demonstrated technical skills, such as:
    • Passing & catching
    • Dribbling
    • Shooting
    • Chair skills & movement
    • Communication
  • Demonstrated tactical skills, such as:
    • Decision making
    • Court awareness
    • Offensive reads
    • Problem solving
  • Demonstrated physical skills, such as speed, agility, strength, hand-eye coordination, power, and these skills may be formally tested using any of the following tests:
    • 20 metre sprint
    • U-Turns
    • Canadian Shuttle (with and without ball)
    • Partner Pylon Passing
    • Continuous shooting
  • Ability to fit in competitive line-ups totaling 9 points in a 3X3 format

Additional Considerations:

  • Contributions to team cohesiveness and team chemistry
  • Interpersonal relationships with teammates
  • Substitutions for particular players in particular line-ups
  • Specialized roles in particular line-ups
  • “Coachability” – the ability to receive and process feedback in a positive manner for improvement and development
  • Mental skills, such as resilience, determination, positivity, concentration,
  • Demonstrated respect for teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, and others



Athlete Registration

All athletes who wish to be part of the Team Ontario Junior Program for the 2023-2024 season will be required to REGISTER ONLINE and pay their season fee prior to attending their first training camp.

2023-2024 Training Schedule


Selection Camp #1

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023

Time: 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Location: Abilities Centre

55 Gordon Street, Whitby, On L1N 0J2

Selection Camp #2

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Location: Haber Recreation Centre

3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington, On L7M 0M3

Selection Camp #3- final selection

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2023

Time: 10:00 am -3:00 pm

Location: Abilities Centre

55 Gordon Street, Whitby, On L1N 0J2


Training Camp #4

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2024

Time: 10:00 am- 5:30 pm

Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, On M1C 0C7

Training Camp #5

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024

Time: 10:00 am- 5:30 pm

Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, On M1C 0C7

Sponsors and Supporters

ONPARA would like to thank the following companies and organizations who have generously supported the Team Ontario Junior program and our athletes during the 2023-2024 season.

“The Toronto Accessible Sports Council (TASC) is pleased to be able to support ONPARA & their Junior Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Program in keeping with our mandate to increase awareness of & participation in adaptive & para sports & recreation”
Best Safety Training & Consulting Ltd.
St. Thomas, ON
Doug Geoffrey Construction
Exeter, ON
Royal Canadian Legion Lord Elgin Branch 41
St. Thomas, ON
Little, Masson & Reid
Exeter, ON
Robert Vanderwyst Trucking    

Central Elgin, ON

United Steelworkers Mississauga
United Steelworker Hamilton
United Steelworker Sault Ste Marie


Thank you to all the family members, friends, and individual supporters who have also contributed to our various fundraising initiatives for the team.


Kathy Ludwig
Head Coach, Junior Provincial Program

Tammy Lyle-Gravlev
High-Performance Coordinator

2023-2024 Team Ontario Junior Roster TBD

Past Rosters:
View the 2019-2020 Team Ontario Junior Roster here
View the 2018-2019 Team Ontario Junior Roster here
View the 2017-2018 Team Ontario Junior Roster here
View the 2016-2017 Team Ontario Junior Roster here
View the 2015-2016 Team Ontario Junior Roster here

In Memory OfONPARA female wheelchair athlete

Catherine Kimberly Nelson (March 30, 2005 – April 24, 2020)

Catherine Nelson was named to Team Ontario in the fall of 2019. As a bright and talented young athlete, it was her power, strength, and determination on the court that stood out. She was extremely coachable, and absorbed information from her coaches and executed plays with ease. She had the true makings of a high performance athlete and we were incredibly excited to continue watching her develop and progress. Although quiet on court, her teammates could always find her when they needed help. Catherine was always in the play and never hesitated when the ball was in her hands. She loved to challenge herself and was hungry to learn more. She had a real passion for the game and played with a quiet confidence that will be missed.

Obituary Overview