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Dribbling on wheels

Head coach Mike Frogley addressing participants before the "give the sport a try" kick off (photo by Ken Jones)

It’s one thing to dribble and shoot on the court, but it’s something else to do it on wheels.

Members of the UTSC community and students from St. Andrews Public School tried their wheelchair basketball skills at a special “give the sport a try” event in the Athletics and Recreation Centre Friday.

Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s National Academy, the world’s first full-time training environment for high performance wheelchair basketball athletes, hosted.

“This is a sport for everyone, not just people with disability,” said Mike Frogley, academy director and head coach of the national wheelchair basketball team.

Frogley and a dozen members of the academy took time to discuss the technicalities of the game with participants, and played an intersquad demonstration game before allowing students to hit the court themselves.

Academy members included Abdi Dini of Scarborough and Tyler Miller of Kitchener, who both won gold medals from the 2012 London Olympic Games. Also present at the event was Paralympian Tamara Steeves. The Canadian team is ranked among the world’s best, having won a combined six gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the last six Paralympic Games.

The wheelchair basketball academy was officially launched in October and serves as a training ground for athletes who hope to be part of Team Canada and represent the country at the upcoming 2014 Women’s World Championships in Toronto and the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

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