June 18, 2014 – As announced by Wheelchair Basketball Canada earlier today, CBC has partnered with the association to provide live streaming coverage of the upcoming 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship at CBCSports.ca from June 20-28. CBC’s website will carry each of the 44 games from the tournament including all of Team Canada’s games.
Team Canada has never finished out of the top three at this event and will be aiming for a record seventh consecutive podium finish this year. The Canadian squad is scheduled to play on each of the first five days of the tournament beginning with its first game on Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) against Japan. The Canadian women’s national team will also represent Canada at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“We’re proud to be able to provide our viewers with access to coverage of this exciting international event being held here in Canada,” said Jeffrey Orridge, executive director, CBC sports properties and general manager, Olympics on CBC. “The Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship is another example of our commitment to showcasing amateur athletics and connecting Canadians with incredible stories and world-class events like these in the lead up to the PanAm and Parapan Am Games as well as the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.”
Rob Snoek (@RobSnoekLIVE) will handle play-by-play duties throughout the tournament alongside analysts Tim Frick (@CoachFrick) and Marni Abbott-Peter. A veteran sports broadcaster, Snoek has covered seven Paralympic Games and five Olympic Games among other major sports competitions and was recently a member of CBC’s broadcast team for both the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Frick coached the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team from 1990–2009, during which time he led the team to a 15-year undefeated streak in international competition, including a record three consecutive Paralympic gold medals and four consecutive World Championship titles. Abbott-Peter is a four-time World Champion and a three-time Paralympic gold medallist.
This year’s International Wheelchair Basketball Federation tournament is hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada at Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Centre and will be the largest event of its kind with 12 competing countries representing three international zones. This year’s event also represents the first time in 20 years that the women’s competition will be held separately from the men’s.