Wheelchair Basketball at the Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games

Ontario Provincial Team athletes to play in 5×5 exhibition matches

The Ontario Winter Games are coming to Orillia and neighbouring municipalities from March 1-4, 2018. Orillia has a rich sport history, both as participants and as event planners, and Orillia was chosen as host due to its premier sport venues, engaged community with outstanding civic pride, and willingness to work with all levels of government.

The multi-sport event is expected to include more than 3,000 athletes, coaches, managers and officials participating in 25 different sport events. Events include alpine skiing, boxing, curling, figure skating, hockey, ringette, snowboarding, synchronized swimming, and parasports including para-alpine skiing, para-nordic skiing, sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair curling. For a full list of events being held as part of the Games visit the Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games ‘Sports’ page.

The wheelchair basketball competition will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Barrie and will feature some of Ontario’s best young talent. The weekend will be used as a competition opportunity for the Ontario Junior & Women’s provincial teams who are preparing to compete at the upcoming Junior National Championship and Défi Sportif in March and April.

The group of 28 wheelchair basketball athletes confirmed to participate in the Games will include a mix of provincial team athletes, up-and-coming “next generation” athletes, as well as some club-level athletes.

The wheelchair basketball competition will be taking place from Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4 and will be open to the public. All events at the 2018 Ontario Winter Games are free to attend for spectators! Visitors, family, and friends are encouraged to visit www.orillia2018.ca for details on sport schedules, venues, and results.

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The Orillia 2018 Ontario Winter Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games, the Ontario Parasport Games, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and the 2017 Invictus Games.

Supporting Ontario sporting events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which is encouraging as many people as possible to play organized sports, helping Ontario’s high-performance athletes pursue excellence and promoting increased tourism and economic development.