(Toronto, Ont.) In celebration of RBC Sports Day in Canada on Saturday November 29th, Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s National Academy will play a red and white game, and host a “give the sport a try” session at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ont. The event, which is designed to showcase the power of sport, build community and national spirit, and get people active, will be one of several featured during CBC Sports live broadcast from the Abilities Centre.
“Our athletes have come to Toronto from every corner of the country in order to train hard and compete for a spot on Team Canada in hopes of representing our country at the upcoming Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympics. We are always excited to be able to connect with members of the community and encourage everyone to get active. Being at the Abilities Centre for RBC Sports Day in Canada is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase the sport and demonstrate why wheelchair basketball is truly a sport for everyone,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director and National Academy Coach Mike Frogley.
The red and white game will start at 1:45 p.m. ET and features three members of Canada’s London 2012 gold medal winning team including Bo Hedges of Wonowon, B.C., Tyler Miller of Kitchener, Ont., and Brandon Wagner of Burlington, Ont. Other National Academy athletes, and Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games hopefuls include Mitch Bossaer (Saskatoon, Sask.), Daniel Bigu (Kitchener, Ont.), Vincent Dallaire (Quebec, Que.), Deion Green (Victoria, B.C.), Gregg Johnstone (Regina, Sask.), Aaron Moseley-Williams (Winnipeg, Man.), Mickael Poulin (Quebec, Que.), Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.), and Philippe Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.).
Following the red and white game the athletes will demonstrate the basic skills and introductory concepts of the sport before giving spectators the opportunity to try the sport for themselves. Participants will learn about the inclusivity and integrative potential of wheelchair basketball, which is a sport that in Canada is played fairly by people with or without a disability.
RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, is a national celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving! The fifth annual event will take place on Saturday, November 29th in communities from coast to coast to coast.
“Sport has the power to build community and get Canadians moving,” said Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation in Canada. “Fostering opportunities for sport at both local and national levels allows us to build a better and stronger society, while also becoming more physically active leading to healthier, more active lifestyles.”
“When sport is inclusive, fair and fun, Canadians and their respective communities are able to reap the benefits associated with a positive sport experience,” said Karri Dawson, Director of True Sport Operations at the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. “Good sport instills character in our kids, strengthens our communities and increases opportunities for personal excellence.”
RBC Sports Day in Canada caps off a week of more than 1,800 local events and activities, such as community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies, and concludes with a special broadcast on CBC Television on November 29.
About the Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy
Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s National Academy is the world’s first full-time, year-round, daily training environment for high performance wheelchair basketball athletes. Located at the Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre in Toronto, Ontario, the National Academy is designed to train the next generation of elite Canadian athletes in their pursuit of gold at future world championships and Paralympic Games, including the the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games and beyond.