Wheelchair Basketball Canada announce men’s and women’s teams for 2013
Wednesday, 09 January 2013
January 9 - Wheelchair Basketball Canada have announced the 24 athletes that will represent the country this year as members of the men's and women's teams with 19 members from London 2012 returning to the two sides.
The 2013 squads sees nine returning players from the London 2012 Paralympic gold medal winning men's team and10 returning players from the women's team, who narrowly missed out on a medal at the Paralympics.
The 12-athlete men's team is headed by the experienced David Eng (pictured top), who captained the unbeaten gold medal winning team at London 2012.
He is joined by London 2012 compatriots Abdi Dini, Adam Lancia, Brandon Wagner, Chad Jassman, Dave Durepos, Robert Hedges, Tyler Miller and Yvon Rouillard.
Newcomers Aaron Moseley-Williams, Mickael Poulin and Nikola Goncin complete the team.
But the men's side have lost their star player Patrick Anderson, who retired following London 2012 after spearheading his team's successful gold medal campaign.
"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," said Team Canada men's head coach Jerry Tonello.
"At the same time, I'm excited about the additional opportunities for our development athletes and Futures Programme players to compete internationally in 2013."
Meanwhile the 12-athlete women's team see the superb Tracey Ferguson named where she is joined by fellow London 2012 Paralympians Cindy Ouellet, Elaine Allard, Elisha Williams, Katie Harnock, Jamey Jewells, Janet McLachlan, Maude Jacques, Tamara Steeves and Tara Feser.
Alarissa Haak and Amanda Yan are the two newcomers to the team.
"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 women's head coach Bill Johnson.
The teams were selected from a pool of 46 athletes made up of 22 men and 24 women who attended a week-long selection camp earlier this month in Las Vegas.
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