Wheelchair basketball is played September to June, every Tuesday at 7 – 9PM in the Comox Community Centre Gym B.
We have this opportunity thanks to the positive and generous support of our community. The tremendous support and encouragement of the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society also makes it possible to continue exploring and enjoying this sport. Many thanks also to the Comox Community Centre for opening their doors to help us play.
Wheelchair sports, is it for you? Many participants have a disability such as amputation, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or arthritis, but did you know that able-bodied people are also eligible to play wheelchair sports, and that 40% of all people who play wheelchair basketball can walk? >> Check out this video from BC Wheelchair Basketball and BC Wheelchair Sport in conjunction with Bridging the Gap
You can try out the sport at one of our practices. Your first time is free, and then you are invited to join the Comox Valley Wheelchair Sports Society and pay a $5 drop-in fee each week.
Please contact us by email to be sure we are playing and to join our email list for updates – if we don’t have enough players, practice will be cancelled.
In order to play you need to be able to:
- Pass and catch a basketball a minimum distance of five (5) feet
- Be able to independently maneuver a manual sport wheelchair
- Be able to take direction and act on it
- Be able to participate as an active member of the team
- Be a positive influence on the team
A bit about us:
Our team is made up of a group of enthusiastic people. We have players from age 12 to senior. It is just plain that much fun!
We enjoy playing a team sport. We are classed as an adult (12+) Recreational “Active for Life” wheelchair basketball club with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society.
Playing wheelchair basketball allows us to still play a team sport, especially since many of us could not necessarily do so without the wheelchair. Some of us enjoy playing wheelchair basketball, even though we don’t normally use a wheelchair. The inclusion of people without mobility challenges allows our team to exist. The diversity of our different abilities makes our games interesting.
Our team plays to have fun, and in the meantime we have begun to get fairly good at playing wheelchair basketball. How delightful for us!
We try to have equipment that will accommodate most players although sometimes a player’s needs may be specific. For example, most of our wheelchairs have size (15-18) and weight limits (200 or 250 lbs), or there may be reasons that a player may need a special adaptation.
Don’t be discouraged! If you require specialised equipment we will try to assist you to connect with BCWBS or BCWSA as they may be able to rent you the specific equipment you need.
Also check out these videos from Youtube:
Wheelchair Basketball 101
The fundamentals of the game
10 Must-Know Facts about the Game
CBC kids intro to WCBB
Rick Mercer Report
Dribbling One Two
Shooting One Two Three
AUS vs CAN – Men’s Final – London 2012 Paralympic Games
Inside Sports Wheelchair Basketball
Promo from Britain
2019 Parapan Am Games Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Final: CAN vs. USA
2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon