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National athletes take to the court at UTSC

Wheelchair basketball athletes at the UTSC gym. (Photo by Ken Jones)

Even during reading week, UTSC’s athletics and recreational centre is busy as the department hosts elite athletes from both Wheelchair Rugby Canada and Wheelchair Basketball Canada.

The two teams have been sharing the gym as they undergo intense training, learning tricks from their coaches and honing their skills. At one point there were 50 national athletes on the court. Making campus facilities available for such drills is part of UTSC’s commitment to accessibility, promoting dignity, integration and opportunity to members of the community.

“We’re furthering our partnership with high performance sport, showcasing our campus and supporting great programs,” said Scott McRoberts, director of athletics and recreation. “Our partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Canada has brought many opportunities for students to be involved, and has also brought a number of players to our campus as students.”

The national rugby team has held a training camp here on campus before, in the summer 2011. They are currently readying themselves for a tourney here this weekend.

Wheelchair basketball athletes have been training here on a full-time basis since October, under the National Academy that prepares them for major international competitions such as the 2014 Women’s World Championships and the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.  

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