Oakville’s Long courting spot on Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team


Published March 10, 2023 at 11:18 am

Oakville's Rosie Long will take the court at Wheelchair Basketball Canada's Women's Under-25 camp this weekend at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CANADA PHOTO

Oakville’s Rosie Long is moving closer to representing Canada at the women’s world wheelchair basketball championships.

The 16-year-old Long, a member of the Burlington Vipers, is one of 12 athletes invited to participate in Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Women’s Under-25 camp this weekend (March 10-12) at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

The three-day camp will include a mix of on-court practices and off-court activities and provide the Women’s Under-25 Team with an opportunity to work on training techniques, improve skills and grow together on the court as they prepare for upcoming competitions, including the IWBF Women’s U25 World Championship.

“This camp is an important step in the 2023 season and will be focused not only on-court development but also on continuing to grow as a program,” said Jeff Dunbrack, Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director.

“The three-day camp will allow WBC staff to evaluate athletes as we build towards selecting a roster for the U25 Worlds.”

Long, who suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 10 when she was hit by a bus, recently competed for Team Ontario in the Wheelchair Basketball Mix at the 2023 Canada Winter Games on Prince Edward Island.

Other local athletes invited to the camp include Hamilton’s Charlotte McElory and Mercy Nyakundi.

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