2011 U25 WWBC … This one is for the history books.
My hat is off to all those who made this event possible. Who would have thought the tournament could come and go so fast? Each person who watched, played, organized or volunteered at the event was left with an individual memory that they will be able to take with them forever.
It goes without saying that the level of play throughout this event was far superior to that of what the IWBF expected. Each was devoted to their team and sacrificed all that they had in order to achieve success. It is with great honour that I thank each athlete for their passion and persistence each time they took to the court.
The first ever Women’s Under 25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships established a lot of benchmarks that will continue to be embedded into the ongoing planning and organization of future world championships for this age category. Live Webcasts were seen in all participating countries – plus more! Local media in St. Catharines covered the event daily, and the sport introduced a lot of new comers to how passionate the game can be.
Brock University did a great job hosting the event, and I think everyone can agree that the gymnasium looked fabulous. We owe a lot of credit to the volunteers and team Ambassadors who came out every day, their enthusiasm and amazement of the sport makes its hard to believe they will ever lose interest. We also owe a lot of gratitude to the local organizing committee, whose tireless work berthed this historic event. From the Executive Director – to the Communications and Tournament Manager; their visions came together and lead this committee in the right direction.
It’s been a pleasure sharing my perspective on the tournament – both leading up and following. I wish all the athletes a healthy and prosperous career ahead of them, and thank you once again for being a part of history.
Until Next Time.
Push Your Limits. Push Your Perceptions. And Push Your Game.