Thank You for a Great Experience

Hello for the final time my loyal readers! This will sadly be my last blog from the Canada Games. I had a fantastic time here, the atmosphere is great and I’ve met a ton of friendly people.

Saskatchewan had tons of success on the court as we won bronze on Thursday after defeating Manitoba 58 to 56. It was one of the closest games I’ve ever experienced in my life and believe me I’ve experienced quite a lot of games in a variety of different sports. It really came down to free throw shots and I’m thankful now more than ever that our coach made us do so many free throws during practice. You may think that some of the drills you do are not as important as others, but believe me everything counts towards your goal, no matter what you do. Finishing off my on court experiences I would like to thank my team mates, my coaches, my parents and all the other parents and the supporters. I would also like to thank the people who were unable to come, because of injury or otherwise, you ALL contributed.

As for my off court experiences I would like to thank all of the volunteers; from the people driving me around to the various venues to the people doing security in the hotel. I don’t know if you get thanked enough, but to all the volunteers: THANK-YOU!!!!
For my final contribution I thought I’d leave you with a poem. The Team Sask Council wanted each team to come up with a poem of 4-6 lines about what you would bring to the Canada Games. Nothing ever came of it, but here is the poem my team and I wrote.
 
Bring a laugh, Bring a cheer
Bring whatever you hold dear.
Bring your skates, Bring your wheels
Bring some moves for the highlight reels.
Bring yourself, Bring your team
But most importantly, Bring a DREAM!!!!
 
Jaime Lammerding

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Wheelchair Basketball Bronze – Saskatchewan 58 – Manitoba 56

Nikola Goncin of Team Saskatchewan

(Halifax, NS) – The Saskatchewan wheelchair basketball team defeated Manitoba 58-56 Thursday to win bronze in front of a capacity crowd at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Nikola Goncin paced the floor with 35 points and was instrumental in the final 30 seconds of the game when he stole the ball twice preventing Manitoba from getting the opportunity to score the tying basket that would have sent the game into overtime. He also had team-high 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Manitoba got into foul trouble late in the game, which sent Saskatchewan’s Adam Bryant to the free throw line four times in the final two minutes. He successfully hit 8-for-13 on the game to finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Aaron Moseley-Williams was Manitoba’s high scorer with 19 points and a game-high 22 rebounds.

The gold medal game between the two-time defending champions from Quebec and Ontario starts at 7:00PM (ATL).

Earlier in the day, Nova Scotia clinched fifth place with a 65-52 win over British Columbia – their best ever finish at the Canada Games. Nova Scotia came into the tournament seeded sixth.

Nine of the athletes that participated in the tournament were recently named to Canada’s first-ever Women’s U25 National Team (Helaina Cyr-AB, Alarissa Haak-AB, Stephanie Park-BC, Jamey Jewells-NS, Abby Stubbert-NS, Tamara Steeves-ON, Maude Jacques-QC, Ashley Baerg-SK, and Gabrielle Roberts-Winter-SK).

The inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships will be held July 15-23, 201 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

For more information, please visit www.canadagames2011.ca or  www.wheelchairbasketball.ca, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WCBballCanada or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wheelchairbasketball.

Quebec Wheelchair Basketball Team Wins Gold and Three-Peats at 2011 Canada Games

(Halifax, NS) – The Quebec wheelchair basketball team won their third consecutive championship on Thursday at the 2011 Canada Games by defeating Ontario 77-63 in the gold medal final.

Quebec was easily the tournament’s most dominant team with a record of 6-0.  In total they amassed 442 points – 97 more then Ontario (their closest opponent).  Quebec’s opponents only scored a total of 222 points, which was 45 less than the points scored by Ontario’s opponents.

Maxime Poulin and Carl Pelletier (photo attached), who combined for almost half ofQuebec’s total points, led the team to victory. Poulin scored a team-high 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists, while Pelletier scored 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Overall, Pelletier and Poulin finished first and second in shooting percentage at 62.2% and 58.3% respectively.

Ontario’s Dayton Sopha was the game’s top scorer with 35 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 assists. Sopha finished the tournament averaging 29.6 points per game, 16.8rebounds per game, and 7.4 assists per game (1st overall in all three categories).

Poulin and Pelletier were amongst 10 returning players who participated in the 2007 championship game when Quebec narrowly defeated Ontario 63-62. Quebec athletes Maude Jacques, Nicolas Palmer, France Vallée, Gabrielle Côté, and Jonathan Vermette all participated, as well as three athletes from Ontario (Jesse McNalley, Dayton Sopha, and Shayne Smith).

“Winning the first medal was special but the second time around is definitely better. This year I took on more of a leadership role and I really enjoyed helping my teammates be the best that they can be,” said Quebec athlete Carl Pelletier.

The two teams also met in the 1999 final, which was won by Ontario.

BRONZE MEDAL GAME:

Saskatchewan defeated Manitoba 58-56 Thursday to win bronze.

Nikola Goncin paced the floor with 35 points and was instrumental in the final 30 seconds of the game when he stole the ball twice, preventing Manitoba from getting the opportunity to score the tying basket that would have sent the game into overtime. He also had team-high 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

In total Goncin scored a tournament-high 167 points through six games. He also accumulated 26 steals (1st overall).

Manitoba got into foul trouble late in the game, which sent Saskatchewan’s Adam Bryant to the free throw line four times in the final two minutes. He successfully hit 8-for-13 on the game to finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Aaron Moseley-Williams was Manitoba’s high scorer with 19 points and a game-high 22 rebounds.

OTHER RESULTS

Earlier in the day, Nova Scotia clinched 5th place with a 65-52 win overBritish Columbia, their best-ever finish at the Canada Games. Nova Scotia came into the tournament seeded 6th.

“This is a huge deal for us and I am extremely proud of the way we played. We notonly improved on our previous Canada Games record, but also on our record at the seeding tournament coming in, which is fantastic. It is a testament to how hard the players worked to build this team and compete at this level,” said Nova Scotia Assistant Coach Christina Swett.

Nine of the athletes that participated in the tournament were recently named to Canada’s first-ever Women’s U25 National Team (Helaina Cyr-AB, Alarissa Haak-AB, Stephanie Park-BC, Jamey Jewells-NS, Abby Stubbert-NS, Tamara Steeves-ON, Maude Jacques-QC, Ashley Baerg-SK, and Gabrielle Roberts-Winter-SK).

The inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships will be held July 15-23, 201 at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.

2011 CANADA GAMES – FINAL STANDINGS:

1 – Quebec
2 – Ontario
3 – Saskatchewan
4 – Manitoba
5 – Nova Scotia
6 – PEI
7 – British Columbia
8 – Alberta
9 – New Brunswick

For more information, please visit www.canadagames2011.ca or  www.wheelchairbasketball.ca, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WCBballCanada or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wheelchairbasketball.

Anni and Sammi Try Wheelchair Basketball At the 2011 Canada Games

Wheelchair Basketball – Nova Scotia 65 – British Columbia 52

Nova Scotia Abby Stubbert is also a member of Canada's first-ever Women's U25 National Team

(Halifax, NS) – The Nova Scotia wheelchair basketball team defeated British Columbia 65-52 Thursday to clinch 5th place – their best-ever finish at the Canada Games.

They will play their final game of the tournament against New Brunswick today at 3:00PM (ATL)

Nova Scotia finished 8th at the 1995 Canada Games, but did not participate in the 1999, 2003, or 2007 tournaments.

James Peake scored a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Abby Stubbert (photo attached) scored 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists (just one rebound shy of a triple-triple). Chris Wade led all players with 19 rebounds and added 17 points.

“This is a huge deal for us and I am extremely proud of the way we played. We not only improved on our previous Canada Games record, but to also on our record at the seeding tournament coming in, which is fantastic. It is a testament to how hard the players worked to build this team and compete at this level,” said Nova Scotia Assistant Coach Christina Swett.

British Columbia was led by Avril Harris who scored 18 points and 8 assists. He finishes the tournament with 92 points in 6 games. Deion Green and Erik Vliegenthart scored 13 apeice in the game. Vliegenthart also added a team leading 9 assists in the game to finish the tournament with 59.

The gold medal match will feature the two-time defending champions from Quebec taking on their Eastern Canada rival Ontario today at 7:00PM (ATL).

The bronze medal match between Manitoba and Saskatchewan will take place at 5:00PM (ATL).

For more information, please visit www.canadagames2011.ca or  www.wheelchairbasketball.ca, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WCBballCanada or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wheelchairbasketball.

Playing for Bronze, Holding Our Heads High

Hello! A lot has happened since I wrote my last blog and it’s only been two days! On Tuesday we played two games, Alberta in the morning and B.C. in the evening. We beat Alberta 55 to 34, it was a good game for us, we started off strong, but lots of our shots weren’t falling, especially our lay ups. Winning the game against Alberta in the morning meant that it came down to whoever won the game between Saskatchewan and B.C. to see who moved on to the semi-final.

It was quite a game between Saskatchewan and B.C., everybody knew what was on the line and everbody wanted to win. Luckily for Saskatchewan we came out on top defeating B.C. 52 to 40. Like I said it was a great game, B.C. got up on us early but we managed to fight our way back and take the victory even though it was a very close game.

Beating B.C. meant that we got to face Ontario in the semi-final. Ontario was first in their pool winning all three preliminary games. We knew going in that Ontario would be a tough game, they have a lot of players who have played this game for a long time and have played together for quite a while. That being said we played a great game. We lost 71-45, but we pushed hard, and played our game for 40 minutes. One of the best parts of the game was that a lot of our rookies were able to log some quality court time and they really made it count. Watching how they played this game makes me think that the next Canada Games team will be just as strong if not stronger than the one we have now.

Since we lost to Ontario we face Manitoba today in the bronze medal game at 5 p.m. at Citadel High, this promises to be another great game!
Off the court I would just like to give a big Happy Birthday to Manitoba coach Mandy Johnson and to my teammate Jared Sajtos!!!
 
 
Jaime Lammerding
President
Club’99 Wheelchair Basketball

Video montage of the wheelchair basketball tournament at the Halifax 2011 Canada Games