U23 Wheelchair Basketball Takes Over in Toronto – Adaptive Sports Weekly Update

Starting today in Toronto, Canada, the IWBF U-23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship features the top 12 men’s junior national teams in the world! The tournament tips off today as all 12 teams play their opening match. Highlights of today’s action include the opening ceremony at 12:00 ET, hosts Canada taking on Italy, and defending champions Germany facing African champions South Africa at 3:00 pm ET!

U23 Wheelchair Basketball players

From left to right: Canada’s Liam Hickey, USA’s Fabian Romo, Great Britain’s Ben Fox. Photo Credits: IWBF

Pool play runs through June 13, with the final rounds taking place the following three days. The gold medal game will take place on June 16 at noon, and the 2017 Men’s Junior World Champions will be crowned! For the event schedule, results, live stream and tickets if you’re in the Toronto area, head to the tournament homepage hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada.

In addition to Wheelchair Basketball, here are some other recent and upcoming adaptive sports events:

Back at the end of April, the Scottish Powerchair Football League had its final matchday. The league title came down to the final match as Tayside Dynamos and Clyde Alba fought to a 0-0 draw. The Dynamos won their third consecutive title by 1 point in the closest title race to date! For a full recap of the final matchday and final league standings, check out the Scottish Powerchair Football Association‘s website.

Tayside Dynamos Power Soccer Team

Scotland Powerchair Football League Winners: Tayside Dynamo. Photo Credit: SPFA

Coming up June 9 and 10 in Phoenix, Arizona, Ability 360 is hosting the third annual Cactus Classic, which is a 3 on 3 standup amputee basketball tournament! The only event of its kind, the Classic is open to players of all skill levels with upper and/or lower extremity amputations. New this year is the recreational division allowing first time teams and occasional players to play in a more relaxed environment, while experienced teams can play in the competitive division.

Amputee basketball shot

Amputee basketball players at last year’s Cactus Classic. Photo Credit: Ability 360

Finally, the wheelchair competitions at the French Open take place June 8-10 in Paris! The tournament features eight singles competitors and four doubles teams for both men and women. You can follow along using the “Draws” page on the official French Open website.


Hope you enjoyed this week’s Adaptive Sports Weekly Update! Comment with what you guys think and let us know of any events you want us to include next time!

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