Wheelchair Basketball Athletes to Participate in 2017 Parasport Winter Games

Ontario Provincial Team Athletes to Play in 3×3 Exhibition Matches

The Ontario Parasport Winter Games are coming to Brantford and Brant County from February 10-12, 2017. The multi-sport event is expected to include 200 athletes and over 445 coaches, support workers, guides, and officials. In total, 11 sports will be represented over the course of the weekend, namely alpine skiing, archery, boccia, curling (wheelchair and visually impaired), five-a-side soccer, goalball, nordic skiing, sitting volleyball, sledge hockey, and wheelchair basketball.

collage of male and female wheelchair basketball athletes
The wheelchair basketball competition will be held at the RISE Centre in Brantford and will feature some of Ontario’s best young talent. The weekend will be used as a training camp opportunity for the Ontario Junior & Women’s provincial teams who are preparing to compete at the upcoming Junior East Regional Championship and CWBL Women’s National Championship within the next few months.

The group of 20 wheelchair basketball athletes confirmed to participate in the Games will include a mix of Paralympians, Junior and Senior National Team members, National Academy athletes, Canada Games participants, as well as promising young up-and-coming athletes and some able-bodied athletes from all across the province.

Exhibition games will be played in the afternoon on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 and will be open to the public. All events at the 2017 Parasport Winter Games are free to attend for spectatorsOntario Parasport Games logo! Visitors, family, and friends are encouraged to visit www.parasportwintergames2017.ca for details on sport schedules and venues.

The Ontario ParaSport Games is a program of the Government of Ontario, delivered by host municipalities in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and ParaSport Ontario. The Games promote public awareness of the para-sports and showcase Ontario’s best athletes. The Games provide host communities with an opportunity to make their community barrier-free and leave a legacy for persons with a disability in their community.