Injury sidelines Wagner from World qualifier


basketballOTTAWA – With a berth to the World Championship on the line, Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.) will join the Senior National Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team at the Americas Cup Qualifier in Bogota, Colombia, Aug. 4-11.

Canada must secure a top four finish to qualify for the World Championship, which is set for next summer.

Vermette will round out the roster of 11 players going to the qualification tournament. Paralympic gold medalists Yvon Rouillard (Montreal) and Brandon Wagner (Burlington, ON) will not be making the trip due to injuries.

Vermette is also a member of the U23 men’s national team which will compete at the 2013 World Championship in Adana, Turkey September 5-15, 2013. He and his brother, Philippe, are two of three returning players from the 2009 squad that finished eighth.

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