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Hedges heads to Dubai

“This team is tough, talented and determined."

Bo Hedges is among 23 athletes between the mens and womens teams chosen to represent Team Canada at the IWBF World Championships in Dubai June 9-20. This event will be taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“Through a mix of games and practices, both teams have put in an immense amount of work in preparation for the IWBF World Championships,” said Jeff Dunbrack with Wheelchair Basketball Canada in a statement. “I am confident both teams are ready and prepared to have a strong showing in Dubai.”

According to officials, Team Canada’s mens and womens wheelchair basketball teams will also compete in the 2023 Parapan American Games (Nov. 17-26), which will serve as the Americas zone qualification tournament for the Paris Games.

The Senior Woman’s National Team had qualified for the World Championships by way of victory over Argentina during the 2022 Americas Cup and will have nine returning members from Brazil.

This team is tough, talented and determined, said Senior Women’s National Team Head Coach Marni Abbott-Peter.

Team Canada has 10 returning members from the men’s team that qualified them for the Worlds with quarterfinals win over Columbia during the 2022 Americas Cup. Canada is set to play in Group B against Egypt, Thailand, and Germany.

With our team fully assembled, I am confident in this group’s ability to perform at the Worlds, said Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach Matteo Feriani.

The World Championships will determine the number of spots that each one receives for the 2024 Paralympics.

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