Junior Provincial Program

2019 Canada Games silver medalists

The Ontario Junior Provincial Wheelchair Basketball Program (Team Ontario) 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. 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, Chris Chandler, Dave Jansen, Melanie Hawtin
Team Manager: TBD

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


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

Identification/Selection Camps 2019

The selection process is now closed for the 2019-2020 season. Athletes interested in being part of the Team Ontario program will have future opportunities to try out at the beginning of the 2020-2021 season (September/October, 2020).


Following the three identification/selection camps, a pool of athletes will be selected and will train monthly from November – February. A final selection will take place during those months and the top 10 athletes will go on to represent Ontario at the 2020 Junior East Regional Championship in New Brunswick in March, 2020.

View the 2019-2020 Selection Criteria here.

Training Camps 2019-2020

Team Ontario practice #1
Saturday November 9, 2019
Tait McKenzie Centre, York University, 1 Thompson Road, Toronto

Team Ontario practice #2
Saturday December 14, 2019
Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School, 415 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton

Team Ontario practice #3
Sunday January 19, 2020
Tait McKenzie Centre, York University, 1 Thompson Road, Toronto

2020 Ontario Winter Games
February 27-29, 2020
Barrie/Orillia, ON
Training camp & competition


Josée Matte, High Performance Manager – josee@onpara.ca
Kathy Ludwig, Head Coach, Junior Program – blazerskl@hotmail.com

Past Rosters:
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.