About The Event
The 2014 CWWBC will be Canada’s first women only wheelchair basketball national championship. Come watch Canada’s best female wheelchair basketball players, including members of the national team, battle for the title of the nation’s best. This year’s event will be a kick-off for the 2014 Women’s World Championships, which will be held in Toronto in June.
Team BC last won the title in 2012 and will look to regain their crown thanks to the efforts of superstar Janet MacLachlan, who plays professional wheelchair basketball in Germany, and up-and-comer Amanda Yan, who was recently named to the national team.
We are pleased to welcome Rick Hansen as the honorary event chair and thank him for his support.
About Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, high-impact sport. Its rules are identical to able-bodied basketball with a few small exceptions.
In Canada, wheelchair basketball is an integrated sport, meaning that able-bodied people are welcome to participate. To ensure fairness, each athlete is assigned a point value based on the level of their disability (1.0 for most disabled to 4.5 for able/bodied or minimal disability athletes) and the team is only allowed to play 16 points on the floor at any one time.
Canada has been a leader in wheelchair basketball. The Canadian women’s national team once boasted the longest winning streak in Canadian sport history and has won 3 Paralympic golds, 3 World Championship golds, a Paralympic bronze and World Championship bronze.