Women and Girls

Girls Enabled and Ready (GEAR) to Play!

This girls-only wheelchair basketball program is for female players of all ages, physical abilities, and skill levels looking to play in a welcoming, low-pressure, and social environment. Basketball and basketball-related skills will be practiced with emphasis on fun! No experience required!

GEAR to Play Days are held in various locations throughout the year. Sessions are led by founder and coach, Christina Swett with the help of various female athlete mentors.

Upcoming Events:

‘Girl You Got This’ Virtual Run/Walk/Wheel

Date: Friday July 24 – Sunday July 26
Time: Anytime!
Location: Anywhere and everywhere!

Visit our website for more info on the ‘Girl You Got This’ event!

Robyn Soares, Grassroots Program Coordinator, at programs@onpara.ca

Women’s Provincial Program

The Ontario Women’s Provincial Program (Team Ontario) 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 participate in the Défi Sportif, an annual multi-sport tournament held in Québec, as an opportunity to further their development and help strengthen the next generation of Ontario wheelchair basketball players.

Athletes will have the opportunity to try out for Team Ontario at the beginning of every season in order to be selected to represent Ontario at Women’s Nationals or Défi. Tryout details & selection criteria will made available online and will be communicated to club coaches and athletes prior to selection camps.

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

Women’s Provincial Program 2019-2020

Head Coach, Senior Women: Paul Bowes
Head Coach, Development Women: Christina Swett
Additional Coaches: Chris Chandler, Timothy Ross



Team Ontario is open to women and girls of all ages, both with and without physical disabilities.

Identification/Selection Camps 2019

Open Tryout – Saturday October 19, 2019
Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington
Senior & Development Teams

Senior Tryout – Saturday November 23, 2019
Tait McKenzie Centre, York University, 1 Thompson Road, Toronto
Invite only

Development Tryout – Saturday January 25, 2020
Harold Brathwaite Secondary School, 415 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton
Development Team only

Registration Information
All athletes are required to complete their registration online through the ONPARA website.

Athletes must attend at least ONE selection camp/tryout in order to be considered, though they are highly encouraged to attend multiple camps if possible.

View the 2019-2020 Selection Criteria here – Coming soon!

Training Camps 2019-2020

Senior Women’s Practice #1
Sunday December 8, 2019
OVO Athletic Centre, 30 British Columbia Way, Toronto

Senior Women’s Practice #2
Saturday January 18, 2020
Tait McKenzie Centre, York University, 1 Thompson Road, Toronto

Senior Women’s Practice #3
Sunday March 29, 2020
Jean Augustine Secondary School, 500 Elbern Markell Drive, Brampton

Development Women’s Practice #1
Saturday March 7, 2020
Tait McKenzie Centre, York University, 1 Thompson Road, Toronto

Development Women’s Practice #2
Saturday April 25, 2020
Harold Brathwaite Secondary School, 415 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton


Josée Matte, High Performance Manager – josee@onpara.ca
Paul Bowes, Head Coach, Senior Women’s Team- pbowes4189@rogers.com
Christina Swett, Head Coach, Development Women’s Team – cricket.swett@gmail.com

Past Rosters:
View the 2018-2019 Team Ontario Women’s Roster here.
View the 2017-2018 Team Ontario Women’s Roster here.
View the 2016-2017 Team Ontario Women’s Roster here.
View the 2015-2016 Team Ontario Women’s Roster here.