FINAL USA WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR BASKETBAL ROSTER SET
Will compete at largest Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in history
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., January 6, 2014– The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) has announced the final 12-woman roster slated to represent the United States in 2014 and compete in the largest Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in history. The 2014 World Championships will take place June 20-28 in Toronto, Ontario, and the United States is one of 12 participating countries.
“It was a great tryout and everyone pushed really hard. We are a young squad but we are very hungry and ready for success. We want to move towards winning gold in Toronto this summer,” enthuses 2012 London Paralympian Jenn Poist.
Jenn is a returning player who has donned the red, white and blue in major international competition, but for almost half of the team the 2014 World Championships will be their biggest competition to date. Fortunately, two-time Paralympic gold medal winner, Stephanie Wheeler, is at the helm entering her second year as the head coach for the team.
“Our team is incredibly young,” she explains, “ but that has a huge upside to it for our future as we look at the road to Rio. Our girls are excited, ready to train and willing to work hard to be successful in the long run.” Wheeler’s continued emphasis on effort, intelligence and teamwork will surely be a strong formula for that success.
One step closer to Toronto, the team will be back in action in a few weeks. They will have a training camp at the Olympic Training Center at the end of January.
Kimmie Champion 4.5
Kendra Zeman 4.5**
Rose Hollermann 3.5
Gail Gaeng 3.5
Becca Murray 2.5
Darlene Hunter 1.0
Mackenzie Soldan 1.0
** proposed IWBF classification
About the National Wheelchair Basketball Association
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the non-profit disabled sport organization that oversees wheelchair basketball in the United States. Founded in 1948, the NWBA today is comprised of more than 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. For more information, visit www.nwba.org . Our High Performance programs are made possible by the support of our official medical supply sponsor, ABC medical.