Wheelchair Basketball Canada: Canadian men’s team to host Dutch in Toronto

The Canadian Senior Men’s team will play host to the Netherlands from June 27-July 2 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Thirteen athletes will participate in on-court and off-court activities over the six-day camp. The camp will serve as the final preparation for the men’s team before they head to São Paulo, Brazil, for the Americas Cup (July 13-18). The top four men’s teams at the Americas Cup will earn the right to represent the IWBF Americas in Dubai at the World Championships (Nov. 16-27, 2022). “This camp will serve as the final preparation before our senior men’s team heads to the Americas Cup qualifier,” said Jeff Dunbrack, Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director. “The games against the Dutch will provide our team with excellent competition as we look to fine-tune aspects of our game before the tournament in Brazil.” The Canadian men’s team will play in a series of four games against the Dutch during the camp highlighted by the Feature Game on Saturday, July 2 at 4 p.m. ET at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The Feature Game is free and open to the public. Those attending the Feature Game will get to see the athletes representing Team Canada this summer at both the Americas Cup and Commonwealth Games. The 13 athletes participating are: Blaise Mutware (Toronto, Ont.)Ben Hagkull (Chilliwack, B.C.)Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.)Colin Higgins (Rothesay, N.B.)Garrett Ostepchuk (Regina, Sask.)Jesse Heubner (Kitchener, Ont.)Lee Melymick (Toronto, Ont.)Nik Goncin (Regina, Sask.)Patrick Anderson (Edmonton, Alta.)Reed De’Aeth (Sherwood Park, Alta.)Bo Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.)Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.)Vincent Dallaire (Quebec City, Que.)CoachesMatteo Feriani (Padova, Italy) – Senior Men’s Head CoachJoey Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.) –  Senior Men’s Assistant CoachNicolas Palmer (Laval, Que.) – Senior Men’s Assistant Coach Additional Wheelchair Basketball Canada Support StaffBrett Nagata (Toronto, Ont.) – Senior Men’s Athletic Therapist & WBC Lead TherapistColby Hathaway (Four Falls, N.B.) – Strength & Conditiioning CoachLuke Vanderheyden (Hamilton, Ont.) – Physical Preparation Specialist Joe Leszner (Thornhill, Ont.) –  Mental Performance ConsultantDylan Carter (Toronto, Ont.) – Performance AnalystJeff Dunback (Halifax, N.S.) – High Performance DirectorHailey Roll (Mississauga, Ont.) – High Performance Coordinator

Press release & photo:  Wheelchair Basketball Canada

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