Canadian Women Win Wheelchair Basketball at World Cup

31 May 2010 By IPC

Athletes from Canada gave their country the top position in the Women's Wheelchair Basketball finals of the 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup.

Taking place on 30 May, Canada fell behind in the first quarter to the Netherlands by just two points. The second quarter however saw them jump to four points ahead of the Dutch, leading them into a strong third quarter and giving them the win 46-29.

In the Men's Wheelchair Basketball competition, Great Britain won to Canada 53-42. British athletes held the lead in most of the quarters, which kept them on top throughout the competition. Great Britain's Coach Murray Treseder finally won his first title, bringing back into the game Simon Munn, Jon Pollock, Abdi Jama and Ian Sagar, who took a break in the final group game against Australia.

Jon Pollock said that it was a good game and that it was great to be in the final with Canada.

"They are really strong team, even though they were missing some of their strongest players. I feel that we are gradually getting better,” he said. “Today we were much better than two-three weeks ago during trainings. So to win the BT Paralympic World Cup is a big step for us."

British athletes will make up a large part of the contingent of nearly 300 athletes in Manchester. For the first time at the BT Paralympic World Cup, a team challenge has been introduced this year which sees Great Britain take on teams from the Americas, Europe and the Rest of the World, with athletes competing for the overall BT Paralympic World Cup trophy.

The BT Paralympic World Cup is sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association (CPISRA) and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and supported by BT, ParalympicsGB, the FA, Manchester City Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).