Burlington gets 2014 Canadian wheelchair championship

Wheelchair_Basketball_EnglishLogoThe Burlington Vipers will be the host club for the 2014 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League National Championship, April 4-6.

“The CWBL National Championship is a prestigious event and we’re thrilled to see it come to the City of Burlington for the first time in history,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens.

The tournament, which will be held at the Haber Recreation Centre, features competitive club teams from across Canada as they compete for the title of national champion and includes past, present, and future athletes with the Canadian National Team program.

“We’re thrilled to have a high-caliber national sporting event in our new, accessible Haber Recreation Centre,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “We hope this is the first of many tournaments we host in partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and we’re proud that they chose Burlington as the host city for this prestigious event.”

Spectators will have the opportunity to witness all of the skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world.

The CWBL was founded in 1986 and has two primary divisions: the open division and the women’s division. The league features wheelchair basketball club teams from across Canada and culminates each season with a national championship for each division.

The league is fully integrated as both divisions welcome athletes with a disability as well as able-bodied athletes to play in the spirit of competition. It often features some of the country’s best wheelchair basketball players, including past, present and future members of Team Canada.

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the Paralympic Games. Canada’s senior national teams are held in high esteem around the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium with a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.