The Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team posed with their silver medals at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. (Photo via the Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Canadian wheelchair basketball teams secure spots in Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The women’s team won gold medal at Parapan Am Games, men’s team won silver medal

The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team won first place at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru and the men’s team finished in second place. Both teams have secured their spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as the Parapan Am Games are a direct qualifier for the Paralympics and the top three teams move on.

The women’s team fought their way to the gold-medal game where they faced the U.S.A.’s wheelchair basketball team. Team Canada defeated their opponents with a score of 67-64. The women’s team didn’t lose a game in the entire tournament earning a 5-0 record.

The Parapan Am Games was women’s team member Kady Dandeneau’s first tournament of the sort. The athlete from Pender Island has only been playing wheelchair basketball for four years but has a background in stand-up basketball.

The final game between Canada and the U.S.A. was very back and forth and neither team had a big advantage, she explained. In the end, Canada won by just three points.

“It was a total team achievement,” said Dandeneau. “The whole program gets the credit.”

READ ALSO: B.C. Wheelchair basketball team bags bronze

Dandeneau noted that she enjoyed seeing how the sport is coming along in countries where the teams are still developing.

The Canadian women’s team has been working hard on their team chemistry and it really paid off, said Dandeneau. She feels the team is in a good place having just come off this big win.

“I’m super excited about the team and about heading into Tokyo,” said Dandeneau. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will be her Paralympic debut — a fact she said still feels surreal. She noted that it’s hard to get really good at wheelchair basketball and that the athletes work just as hard as able-bodied athletes.

“Wheelchair basketball doesn’t have the same exposure as able-bodied sports … but it’s really no different,” she said. “People are often surprised how competitive and physical it is.”

Dandeneau also noted that the Canadian women’s and men’s teams are quite close. The men’s team had a practice during the women’s gold-medal game, but caught the last quarter, she said.

READ ALSO: Victoria athlete has his sights set on gold at the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima

When Victoria athlete, Deion Green was named to the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team in July, he correctly predicted that the team would play in the gold-medal match. The men’s team won all their games in the tournament except for the gold-medal match against the U.S.A. team. The team placed second after losing 43-76. However, by placing second, the Canadian men’s team still secured their place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

This was the Canadian men’s team’s second Parapan Am Games silver medal after they placed second in Toronto in 2015. The team then played in the Rio 2016 Paralympics but, according to Green, didn’t do well.

Two other players from B.C. also played for the Canadian teams in Lima — Bo Hedges from Wonowon and Tara Llanes from North Vancouver.

The athletes travelled back to Canada on Tuesday and Dandeneau hoped on the ferry for a quick visit at home on Pender Island before starting her Masters at the University of Illinois. She’s already itching to get back on the court.

Anyone interested in learning more or joining a team can contact the B.C. Wheelchair Sports Association, the B.C. Wheelchair Basketball Society or Victoria Wheelchair Sports.


@devonscarlett
devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team posed with their gold medals after winning in the finals at the Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. (Photo via the Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Just Posted

CGL must revise impact assessment on Unist’ot’en Healing Center

Environmental Assessment Office not satisfied with report’s shortcomings

Trudeau: Time for blockades to end and Indigenous leaders to work with government

Prime minister says situation in Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute is ‘unacceptable and untenable’

Confusion surrounds terms of RCMP withdrawal from pipeline construction area

B.C. Deputy Commissioner clarifies terms of agreement following minister’s statements

Stop checks, searches of Wet’suwet’en pipeline opposers unlawful: Watchdog

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs file complaint

Wet’suwet’en pipeline supporters speak up

“Protesters get one side of the story and they stand up with their fists in the air.”

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Most Read