Burlington player stays with national wheelchair team

phoca_thumb_l_bwagner01_wb_bronze_guadalajara_mm[1]Burlington’s Brandon Wagner has earned returning status to Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team.

The rosters includes nine returning players from the London 2012 Paralympic gold medal winning men’s team. The National Women’s Team has 10 returning players.

“The three new players give our senior team an injection of youth and top-end speed, and I’m looking forward to working them into the various line-up combinations. At the same time, I’m excited about the additional opportunities for our development athletes and Futures Program players to compete internationally in 2013,” said Jerry Tonello, Team Canada men’s head coach.

“Our team is a fast, high-energy group and I’m looking forward to watching our younger players develop and learn from the dedication and motivation of our veterans,” said Bill Johnson, Team Canada women’s head coach.

The teams were selected from a pool of 46 athletes (22 men and 24 women) who attended a weeklong selection camp Jan. 2-8 in Las Vegas.

The Senior Men’s National Team went undefeated at the London 2012 Paralympics to capture a 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.

The Senior Women’s National Team is amongst the most successful and dominant teams in Canadian amateur sport history. The team captured three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, and bronze in 2004. They have also reached the podium at six consecutive World Championships.