Charlottetown brothers to play for Canada at world wheelchair hoops tourney

Jason Malloy
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Brothers Jeremy, left, and Joel Watts met with P.E.I. Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie earlier this year.

Twin brothers Jeremy and Joel Watts will wear the Maple Leaf at the World Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Turkey in September.

The Charlottetown natives were among the 12-man roster announced Wednesday by Wheelchair Basketball Canada. The Watts were part of Team Canada at the Americas zone qualification tournament in March. Canada finished first to secure a spot in the world championship.

The team will get together to train from July 22 to Aug. 9 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The tournament runs from Sept. 5 to 15.

“I am particularly excited by the depth of our juniors across the country with athletes representing seven provinces and territories from coast to coast,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada high-performance director Paul Zachau.

“Through continued hard work these young men will make an ongoing impact within our national team program for years to come.”

The roster includes three returning players from the team that placed eighth at the last junior men’s world championship in 2009.

Organizations: Team Canada, University of Toronto Scarborough

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Maple Leaf Turkey Americas

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  • redmackenzie
    July 03, 2013 - 14:02

    Great news guys,good luck at the big tournament