Gold Medal Paralympians to Coach in BC Winter Games

February 18, 2002 - North Vancouver's James Treuer and Vancouver's Marni Abbott will take to the basketball court as coaches not players at the BC Winter Games in Williams Lake February 21-24, 2002.

Abbott, arguably one of the top wheelchair basketball players in the world, will coach zone 4 (Richmond/Burnaby) and will hope to improve on the bronze medal zone 4 won in Quesnel.

"It's very exciting to see so many competitors at this level," says Abbott. "It bodes well for the future of wheelchair basketball in this province and eventually in this country."

Treuer, a member of the Canadian National team bringing home gold in Sydney 2000, will coach zone 5 (Vancouver). Currently Treuer works for BC Wheelchair Sports Association concentrating on junior development.

"These are our next generations of Paralympians," adds Treuer. "It's important for their development to be exposed to a multi-sport environment at such a young age. The BC Winter Games experience accomplishes this for us."

Zone 3 will be coached by Vancouver's Ross MacDonald who currently trains with the provincial team with aspirations of playing on Canada's national team. Twenty-four year old, MacDonald suffers from a disease called Dystonia. In layman's terms, it is a neurological disorder whereby MacDonald suffers from involuntary muscle spasms. But it hasn't stopped him from pursuing his dream to become one of the premier wheelchair basketball players in the country and it all started with the BC Games almost a decade ago.

"I competed in the BC Games from 1993 to 1997," says MacDonald. "Those were important tournaments for me as I learned about my competitive spirit."

The defending champion of the BC Winter Games is zone 8 (Prince George/Quesnel). Five players from this team are prepping for the Junior Nationals and Canada Winter Games.

The tournament begins on Friday and finishes up on Sunday.

 

The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society is a non-profit organization providing support to wheelchair basketball programs throughout British Columbia. Programs are offered to people who have physical disabilities and people who do not and to all age groups from four-year-olds to seniors.

For more information contact

Carrie Linegar at the BCWBS
Phone: 604.737.3138
Email: bcwbs@telus.net.

BC Winter Games 2002
Williams Lake, BC
Zone athletes & Coaches

Zone 2

  • Mathew Ficocelli, Kelowna
  • Julia Beraducci, Kelowna
  • Jeff Bourne, Kelowna
  • Rae Henderson, Vernon
  • Miranda Chrisp, Vernon
  • Chris Jung, Vernon
  • Craig Dewolfe, Kamloops
  • Annaliis Autio, Kelowna
  • Sonja Gaudet (Coach), Vernon

Zone 3

  • Marco Pasqua, Surrey
  • Aaron Broverman, Surrey
  • Bruce Reding, Langley
  • Emily Herd, Surrey
  • Chris McGladdery, Abottsford
  • Chad Williams, Coquitlam
  • Ross MacDonald (Coach), Vancouver

Zone 4

  • Cameron Crosby, Ladner
  • Cameron Knowles, Richmond
  • Nick Konishi, Richmond
  • Selvum Friesen, Burnaby
  • Alicia Ratchford, Delta
  • Sunera Samarakoon, Burnaby
  • Sheldon Turner, Ladner
  • Derek Zimich, Richmond
  • Marni Abbot (Coach), Vancouver

Zone 5

  • Matt Pregent, Vancouver
  • Filip Kosel, Vancouver
  • Gary Jaswal, Vancouver
  • Peter Won, North Vancouver
  • Oz Havusha, Vancouver
  • Matt Healy, Vancouver
  • Lisette Ruano, Vancouver
  • Mandeep Gurm, Vancouver
  • James Treuer (Coach), North Vancouver

Zone 6

  • Arley McNeney, Victoria
  • Heather Doty , Victoria
  • Ryan Chisholm, Brentwood Bay
  • Steve Bertrand, Victoria
  • Mark Saunders, Lanztville
  • Courteney Malek, Parkville
  • Adam Laforest, Errington
  • Chris Abbott, Parksville
  • David Malek (coach), Parksville

Zone 8

  • Curt Brownmiller, Quesnel
  • Cory Gibson, Quesnel
  • Avril Harris, Prince George
  • Sheldon Jarvis, Prince George
  • Mike Lougheed, Quesnel
  • Dallas Sirois, Prince George
  • Dakotha Sirois, Prince George
  • Jon Vliengehthart, Quesnel
  • Tanya Storey (Coach), Prince George