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Northern B.C. athletes at wheelchair basketball camp

Kady Dandeneau

Wheelchair Basketball Canada announced that 10 women and 19 men will attend WBC’s Tip Off Camp Nov. 22-28 at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond. Included in the list are UNBC alum Kady Dandeneau and Fraser Lake’s Derek Jezewsky.

The camp will provide WBC athletes with an opportunity to continue their development and training, both individually and as a program. The week-long camp will feature a mix of on-court sessions and off-court activities. 

“This camp is an important first step as we begin preparation for the 2022 season. It will focus not only around on-court development but also continuing to grow as a program off the court together,” said Jeff Dunbrack, Wheelchair Basketball Canada High Performance Director. “We would like to thank the City of Richmond and the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society for hosting us as well as the Richmond Olympic Oval for providing us with an excellent training environment for our teams.”

2021 Tip Off Camp Rosters


Elodie Tessier (Saint-Germain de Grantham, Que.)
Arinn Young (Legal, Alta.)
Tamara Steeves (Mississauga, Ont.)
Danielle Duplessis (Fredericton, N.B.)
Tara Llanes (North Vancouver, B.C.)
Kady Dandeneau (Pender Island, B.C.)
Melanie Hawtin (Oakville, Ont.)
Aurelie Jacob-Verreault (Lévis, Que.) 
Megan Smith (Vancouver, B.C.)

Marc Antoine Ducharme (Chambly, Que) – Head Coach 
Nicolas Palmer (Laval, Que) – Assistant Coach 


Nik Goncin (Regina, Sask)
Robert Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.)
Vincent Dallaire (Quebec City, Que.)
Blaise Mutware (Toronto, Ont.)
Colin Higgins (Rothesay, N.B.)
Lee Melymick (Toronto, Ont.)
Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.)
Patrick Anderson (Edmonton, Alta.)
Jonathan Vermette (Sherbrooke, Que.)
Garrett Ostepchuk (Regina, Sask.)
Reed De’Aeth (Sherwood Park, Alta.)
Westley Johnston (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
Jesse Heubner (Kitchener, Ont.)
Dani Bigu (Kitchener, Ont.)
Ben Hagkull (Chilliwack, B.C.) 
Josh Brown (East St. Paul, Man.)
Eric Voss (St. Marys, Ont.)
Derek Jezewsky (Fraser Lake, B.C.)

Matteo Feriani (Padova, Italy) – Head Coach 
Joey Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.) – Assistant Coach 

Additional Wheelchair Basketball Canada Support Staff 

Jeff Dunbrack (Halifax, N.S.) – High Performance Director
Brett Nagata (Toronto, Ont.) – Lead Athletic Therapist and Men’s Athletic Therapist
Paul Murata (Toronto, Ont.) – Women’s Athletic Therapist
Dylan Carter (Toronto, Ont.) – Performance Analyst 
Joe Leszner (Thornhill, Ont.) – Mental Performance Consultant 
Colby Hathaway (Four Falls, N.B.) – Strength and Conditioning Coach 
Luke Vanderheyden (Hamilton, Ont.) – Physiologist 

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