Junior Provincial Program

2021-2022 Team Ontario

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 2019-2023

Head Coach: Kathy Ludwig
Assistant Coaches: Josh Davies & Andrea Foessel
Team Manager: Josée Matte

Year 1 – Junior East Regional Championship (New Brunswick) cancelled
Year 2 – Junior East Regional Championship (Québec) cancelled
Year 3 – Junior National Championship (Prince Edward Island)
Year 4 – Canada Winter Games (Prince Edward Island)

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the 2023 Canada Games, Junior athletes must be born on or after January 1, 1999. Team Ontario is open to athletes of all genders, both with and without physical disabilities.

Additional Requirements for 2021-2022:

  • Must be members in good standing with ONPARA
  • All players must be born between January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2009
  • All players must be double vaccinated for COVID-19* and be willing to follow designated COVID-19 protocols (if required by facilities)
  • All players must be willing and able to travel and care for themselves independently
  • All players must attend at least ONE training camp between July – October to be considered for Team Ontario for the 2023 Canada Winter Games
    • However, athletes should attempt, to the best of their ability, to attend all camps throughout the season.

*Proof of vaccination may be required for all athletes, coaches, and team staff at Wheelchair Basketball Canada-sanctioned events, such as the 2023 Canada Winter Games. Policies around medical exemptions have not yet been determined.

Selection/Training Camps 2022-23 & Team Selections

The Junior athlete pool for the 2022-2023 season will be made up of athletes considered by coaches to be at the necessary level of development. Therefore, all selection camps will be by invitation only for the duration of the season. A total of four (4) selection camps will be held between July – October. Final team selections will take place in October 2022 where the top 12 athletes will go on to represent Ontario at Canada Winter Games in February 2023.

A total of four monthly training camps will be held between October – February in preparation for the Games.

View the 2022-23 Selection Criteria here

Athlete Registration

All athletes who wish to be part of the Team Ontario Junior Program for the 2022-2023 season will be required to register online and pay their season fee prior to attending their first training camp.


2022-2023 Team Ontario Junior Schedule

Training Camps
Selection Camp #1 Summer Camp

Dates: Thursday July 28-Sunday July 31

Location:
Sheridan College – Davis Campus
7899 McLaughlin Road
Brampton, ON L6Y 5H9

Exact schedule to be communicated to registered participants
Registration information coming soon!

Selection Camp #2 – Ontario NextGen Camp
in partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Date: Saturday August 27-Sunday August 28
Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
875 Morningside Ave, Scarborough
Selection Camp #3
Date: Saturday September 17
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby                          
Selection Camp #4 – Final Selections
Date: Saturday October 1
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby
Training Camp #5 – Top 12 & Alternates only
Date:  Saturday October 22
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Location: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby 
Training Camp #6 (overnight camp)
Date: Saturday November 26-Sunday November 27
Location: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby 
Training Camp #7 (overnight camp)
Date:  Saturday Dec 10-Sunday Dec 11
Location: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby
Training Camp #8 (overnight camp)
Date: Saturday Jan 14- Sunday Jan 15
Location: Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon St, Whitby
Competitions
2023 Ontario Parasport Games
February 3-5, 2023
Durham Region                                                                        Open to all Junior pool athletes
Canada Winter Games 2023
February 17-26, 2023
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Final selections (Top 12) only

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 2021-2022 season.

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

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


Contacts

Kathy Ludwig, Head Coach, Junior Program – blazerskl@hotmail.com
Josée Matte, Team Manager – jmatte12@gmail.com


2021-2022 Team Ontario Junior Roster Announcement

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