(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to announce the list of 11 athletes named to the 2015 Canadian Senior Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team that will be nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee to compete on home soil at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, where the team will vie for a top two finish in order to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games.
The 12th and final roster spot on the team will be determined at a later date pending further evaluation.
The roster features six returning players from the team that captured the gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
“We are confident the group of athletes selected to the team will push for the podium in 2015,” said Team Canada Head Coach Jerry Tonello. “We have invested a great deal of focus and training to ensure we are poised for success on our home court at the Parapan Am Games, where our goal is to qualify for the Paralympic Games and ultimately go on to defend our gold medal at Rio 2016.”
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The athletes named to the team are (athletes’ city of residence indicated / athletes with Paralympic Games experience denoted with a *):
- Abdi Dini (Scarborough, Ont.) *
- Adam Lancia (Scarborough, Ont.) *
- Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.) *
- David Eng (Montreal, Que.) *
- Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.)
- Liam Hickey (St. John’s, N.L.)
- Nik Goncin (Regina, Sask.)
- Peter Won (Blackfalds, Alta.)
- Robert “Bo” Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.) *
- Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.) *
- Vincent Dallaire (Quebec, Que.)
Head Coach: Jerry Tonello (Toronto, Ont.)
About Team Canada
The Senior Men’s National Team went undefeated at the London 2012 Paralympics to capture their third gold medal in four Paralympic Games. It is the latest accomplishment in a sport dynasty that has placed them on the podium at four consecutive Paralympics and at five of the last six world championships.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.