A Paralympic Preview: Women’s wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair Basketball Canada and the Canadian Paralympic Committee are proud to announce the 24 athletes – 12 men and 12 women – nominated for selection to Team Canada for the Rio Paralympic Games this September during an event in Toronto May 31, 2016. Photos Charles Gordon, CPC

With the Paralympic Games rapidly approaching, Report On Rio will preview every event that has a Canadian team competing in Brazil — featuring past results, schedules, rosters, and expectations

After four long years of training and dedication, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team is on the eve of their opening game at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Team Canada takes on Great Britain on Thursday morning at Carioca Arena 1. The Brits are a familiar face to the Canadians as they wrapped up the recent Women’s 2016 Continental Clash tournament by playing one another. Great Britain took that game by a score of 62-56 thanks to a fourth-quarter surge.

In Rio, the women’s team will be looking to step onto the podium for the first time since 2004 in Athens where they claimed a bronze medal. After missing the medals in both Beijing and London, the team appears to be coming around at precisely the right time to make a run over the next 10 days.

Janet McLachlan is expected to lead this cohesive unit that has not had to endure the same level of turnover as the men’s side. Following a gold medal performance at the 2014 World Championships, the Canadians fell just short at the Parapan Am Games in 2015, losing 80-72 to the United States in the gold medal game.

Canada is scheduled to face Argentina, Germany, and Brazil following their opener against Great Britain. This draw allows them to avoid the United States and a red-hot Netherlands team in preliminary round play.

Quarterfinal play begins on Monday, September 12th and the medal games are scheduled for Friday, September 16th.

Photo credit: Charles Gordon, CPC

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