New Westminster Fire Fighters Winners in Wheelchair Basketball at Hoopfest 2001

BC Wheelchair Basketball Society raises over $11,000

April 7, 2001 - BC Wheelchair Basketball's 8th annual Hoopfest event took place Saturday, April 7th at the Basketball Centre in Richmond and the New Westminster Fire fighters came out on top. New West won over Polaris while the Delta Fire fighters took third place. Fire fighters from New Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey and Delta fought it out on the court for wheelchair basketball supremacy. Other teams competing included Polaris Water, New Westminster Kinsmen and the Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (CORD).

"The real winners, of course, are the junior basketball players in this province," says Carrie Linegar, Managing Director of BC Wheelchair Basketball Society. "They're the ones who will benefit with an additional $11, 000 put back into wheelchair basketball programs".

Wheelchairs were provided for the teams who were coached by a variety of provincial and national wheelchair basketball players, many of whom competed at the Paralympics in Sydney last fall bringing home gold medals.

Junior wheelchair basketball players will participate in a halftime exhibition game at the Grizzlies game on Tuesday, April 10, 2001. The Grizzlies will be playing the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"It's a chance for the community to see what wheelchair basketball is all about," continues Linegar.

Hoopfest is one of the primary fundraising initiatives of BC Wheelchair Basketball Society. As a not-for-profit society, BC Wheelchair Basketball utilises Hoopfest to generate funds to support wheelchair basketball programs throughout British Columbia.

BCWBS would also like to thank HOOPFEST 2001 sponsors: 650 CISL, VTV, the Grizzlies, Polaris Water Company, and Subway.

For further information please contact Carrie Linegar, Managing Director, BC Wheelchair Basketball Society at 604.737.3138, or bcwbs@telus.net.