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SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The 2014 Women's World Wheelchair
Basketball Championship begins on June 20 at the Mattamy Athletic
Centre in Toronto, Ont., and members of the media are invited to attend
the Opening Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ET immediately prior to Team
Canada's first game of the tournament.
The milestone event features teams from 12 competing countries and marks
the largest women's world championship in the history of the sport.
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh consecutive
podium finish at the world championship, and the tournament will be
Canada's first major test on the road to the Toronto 2015 Parapan
American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball
Team Canada's first game to immediately follow Opening Ceremony
Maureen Orchard, International Wheelchair Basketball Federation President
The Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
Province of Ontario rep (tbd)
Kathy Newman, 2014 Women's World Championship Event Chair
Participating National Team Athletes and Coaches
Friday, June 20, 2014
Opening Ceremony - 12:30 p.m. ET
Game: Canada vs. Japan - 1 p.m. ET
Mattamy Athletic Centre, Arena (3rd Floor) - 50 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2
The media also has the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Canadian
Senior Women's National Team prior to the start of the world
championship as Canada faces the United States in an exhibition game at
9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
For more information please visit www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com / #2014wcbasketball.
About the Event
Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will
attend the 2014 WWWBC that features 12 participating countries.
Canadians can catch a sneak peek at the top 12 female wheelchair
basketball players in Canada, including emerging local talent and
highly decorated stars, preparing to compete in one of the most
fiercely competitive and exciting spectator sports to be played at the
Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
About Team Canada
Team Canada is in pursuit of an unprecedented seventh straight podium
performance, remarkably, having medalled at every single world
championship including the capture of four consecutive gold medals
(1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), and bronze medals in 1990 and 2010.
About the Host
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the host of the 2014 Women's World
Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The event marks Canada's fourth
opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball
championship - having previously hosted the Men's World Championship in
1994, the inaugural U23 Men's World Championships in 1997, and the
first-ever U25 Women's World Championships in 2011.
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