164 - Ontario Para Network

Team Ontario Wheelchair Basketball Program ​ (in memory of Catherine Nelson)

Project Description

The Team Ontario Junior Wheelchair Basketball Program provides high performance training & competition opportunities for the province's top Junior-aged athletes. The program operates on a four-year competition cycle leading up to the Canada Winter Games in the final year of the quadrennial. Wheelchair basketball provincial teams in Canada are open to athletes of all genders, with and without physical disabilities, making the sport one the most inclusive in the country. The program targets athletes under the age of 24.

Catherine Nelson was named to Team Ontario in the fall of 2019. As a bright and talented young athlete, it was her power, strength, and determination on the court that stood out. She was extremely coachable, and absorbed information from her coaches and executed plays with ease. She had the true makings of a high performance athlete and we were incredibly excited to continue watching her develop and progress. Although quiet on court, her teammates could always find her when they needed help. Catherine was always in the play and never hesitated when the ball was in her hands. She loved to challenge herself and was hungry to learn more. She had a real passion for the game and played with a quiet confidence that will be missed.

The proceeds from this fundraising will be
used for the following cause(s):

Funds raised will offset the cost of the Team Ontario program. The program has an annual budget of approximately $20,000 per year which is covered through granting programs, player fees and fundraising efforts. Components of the program include the cost of gym rentals, sport science or sport medicine services such as nutrition seminars, mental performance coaching, strength and conditioning training as well as the cost to travel to tournaments and competitions.

How this project will assist in promoting
or developing amateur sport on a national

Wheelchair Basketball Canada recognizes the Junior Provincial Programs as an integral part of their athlete development pathway. For some athletes, competing at Canada Games will be the highlight of their career while others will go on to compete at Junior World Championships, Paralympic Games, and other international events. Many National Team athletes and those training at the National Training Centre will attribute their participation at Canada Games as an integral part of their development as a high performance wheelchair basketball athlete.

Fund Admin

Doug Hannum
Executive Director


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