Archive of all old MWSA news.

06.17.15 MWSA Hiring

MWSA is hiring an Executive Director and Program Coordinator.  See job postings below:

Executive Director

Program Coordinator

06.11.15 Reports for MWSA 2015 AGM

Feel free to read through the reports below leading up to the AGM:

06.05.15 2015 Board Nominations Received

The following MWSA members have submitted their nominations to be elected to MWSA's Board at the AGM on Tuesday June 23, 2015:

Click on "nomination to learn about the nominees.  Be sure to come out to the AGM to hear all about MWSA's past year.

05.26.15 Wheelchair Rugby Nationals

Good luck to MWSA's Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team at Nationals this weekend (May 28-31) in Saskatoon.  The athletes and coach have been training hard all year in preparation for Nationals.  The team consists of:

Coach - Chris McCluskey

Athletes - Arin Smith, Jared Funk, Danny Fletcher, Jon Burzuik, Brad Hebert, Sean Rand, Michelle Reles, Riki Entz, Nathan Braggs.

Equipment Managers - Bill Funk and Randy Maisey.

05.14.15 Para Rowing Program

Rowing Manitoba will be offering a Para Rowing Program this coming summer. 

This is a 10 week program starting June 1, 2015 on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  The program will be taking place at the Winnipeg Rowing Club on Lyndale Drive and will be led by a certified coach.  The fee for the program is $400.00.  If you are interested or would like more information, contact Rowing Manitoba at 204 925 5653 or

05.14.15 Challenger Baseball Day

Baseball Manitoba is hosting a Challenger Baseball Day on Saturday June 6, 2015.  This is taking place at the U of W Rec Plex beginning at 1:30 pm.  All in attendance will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Goldeyes home game at Shaw Park that evening at 6:00 pm.

Challenger Baseball is a wonderful opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the thrill of playing baseball, and being part of a team. 

For more information, contact Jason Miller at Baseball Manitoba at 204 925 5764 or

05.12.15 Welcome Ara Irvine

MWSA welcomes Ara Irvine as our summer student.  Ara brings with her a wealth of sport related knowledge and will do a great job managing the junior wheelchair sports program, amongst other duties.  She will be with MWSA from May 11 - August 7, 2015, on a part time basis.

Ara can be reached at or 204 925 5789.

04.23.15 MWSA AGM June 23, 2015

Please join us on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at Sport For Life beginning at 6:00 pm for our Annual General Meeting.  The AGM will include reports from staff, programs, committees, approval of the audited financial statement, Order of Sport Excellence certificates to MWSA's Canada Games 2015 team and 2015 Provincial Wheelchair Rugby team.

For a detailed agenda, click here.

Five (5) new members will also be elected to serve on MWSA's Board.  Four positions will be for a 2 year term, one position will be for a 1 year term.  If you are eager to contribute towards the ongoing success of the Association, be sure to submit a nomination.  More information and the nomination form can be found here.

We encourage all members and non-members to attend as this is an excellent opportunity to hear about MWSA's successes and challenges this past year, and plans for the coming year.

04.22.15 Coach Manitoba Impact Awards April 25, 2015

Good Luck to MWSA member Bill Johnson who has been nominated for a Coach Manitoba Impact Award in the High Performance Category.  Bill is the Head Coach of the National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team.  He had a stellar year including leading his team to a Gold medal finish at the World Women's Wheelchair Basketball Championships last June in Toronto.  The awards presentation is on Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Club Regent Event Centre.  For more information, visit


04.14.15 Murderball Tournament April 18 and 19 2015

Be sure to come out and support the Winnipeg 76'ers Wheelchair Rugby Club at this weekend's Murderball Tournament! This year, 5 teams (BC, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg) will be showcasing the exciting and thrilling sport of Wheelchair Rugby!

Tournament is at the University of Winnipeg's Duckworth Centre.

Games begin at 9 am on April 18 and run until 5:30 pm.  And on April 19, games begin at 8:30 am and run until 3 pm.

Click here for the game schedule and click here for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support:  Sport Manitoba, Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association, RBC, The Access Store!!!

03.03.15 Morden Canceled Saturday March 7, 2015

MWSA's scheduled visit to Morden Collegiate for Saturday March 7/15 has been canceled.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

03.02.15 Sport Wheelchair Skills & Drills Clinic for Juniors

MWSA will be hosting two clinics this month, aimed at children/youth looking to enhance their chair movement skills.  The clinic will be facilitated by MWSA's wheelchair basketball coaches, Jarrett and Chantelle.


Tuesday March 10 and Tuesday March 17, 2015.

U of W Duckworth Centre, 7 pm - 8 pm.

Cost - Must be MWSA member ($10.00 for 17 and under).

Register by contacting the MWSA office at 204 925 5790 or

For more information, click here.

02.26.15 Updated Wheelchair Basketball Practice Schedule

February - April 2015 Wheelchair Basketball practice schedule, click here.

02.12.15 2015 Canada Winter Games

Good Luck to MWSA’s Wheelchair Basketball Team at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.!  The Games run from February 13, 2015 – March 1, 2015 with wheelchair basketball taking place in week 1.

The team has been training hard for the past 13 months, committing themselves to practices twice, sometimes three times per week.  They have attended several weekend training camps, a tournament in Regina, workshops, and much more, all in preparation for the Games.  MWSA is very proud of their athletic accomplishment in such a short period of time!

MWSA’s 2015 Canada Winter Games Team Roster:

Joshua Brown

Jennifer Kowalson

Spencer Lambert

Kail McCluskey

Magdalayna Pollhammer

Alex Ptashnik

Michelle Reles

Owen Rigby

Kurtis Wiens

Under the guidance of MWSA’s two wheelchair basketball coaches, the team has thrived.  Our coaches have worked extremely hard developing our athletes’ skills and knowledge of the game.  MWSA is very lucky to have wonderful coaches on board! 

MWSA’s Wheelchair Basketball Coaches for 2015 Canada Winter Games:

Jarrett Yaworski

Chantelle Horel

MWSA’s team at the Games is not complete without a Team Manager – Kevin Stewart.  Kevin took on the role just a few months ago and has assisted the coaches and athletes in many capacities.  He has dedicated many hours to ensuring the team stayed organized, assisted with fundraising initiatives, kept communication ongoing between the team and the MWSA office, and much more.  Kevin also sits on MWSA’s Board as Vice-President.

The game schedule for Team Toba’s Wheelchair Basketball Team is as follows:

February 16, 2015 – MB vs BC – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm pst.

February 17, 2015 – MB vs SK – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm pst.

February 18, 2015 – MB vs ON – 9:00 am – 11:00 am pst.

February 18, 2015 – MB vs PEI – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm pst.

All games can be viewed online at will also be updating our website and Facebook page with game results.

MWSA wishes to also acknowledge Sport Manitoba for their support the past 18 months – Ted Bigelow, Barry Moroz, Marcie Halls Stronciski, and Kerri-Ann Tyschinski – CG 2015 Mission Staff, thank you!

Go Team Toba!!

01.29.15 Revised Wheelchair Rugby Schedule

Please click here for up to date wheelchair rugby practice schedule.

01.06.15 Winter 2015 Wheelchair Basketball & Ruby

Please click on links below for the winter 2015 wheelchair basketball & wheelchair rugby practice schedules.

All practices are led by certified coaches.  MWSA supplies the sport wheelchairs.

Wheelchair Basketball January - February 2015.

Wheelchair Rugby January - March 2015.


12.19.14 Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to You and your Family from MWSA!  Thank you for another great year of support & participation in Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Programs and Events!  Wishing you all the best in 2015!

MWSA office will be closed December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

12.08.14 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Games 2015 Training Camp

Thanks to National Coach Steve Bialowas for facilitating the Canada Games 2015 wheelchair basketball training camp this past weekend.  Steve did a fantastic job mentoring Jarrett and Chantelle as coaches, and working with the athletes on their skills, techniques, play. 

12.05.14 2015 Calendar - Collection of Melted Crayon Art

MWSA junior wheelchair sports athlete, Cameron Nicolson has created a 15 month calendar that features his favorite crayon art paintings, that he created.  Check out the calender at  Cameron is an amazing artist and his work is truly amazing!

Cameron donates a portion of all his sales to MWSA, so be sure to support Cameron.

12.03.14 Rick Hansen: To persons with disabilities, perception is everything

Check out Rick Hansen's recent letter published by the Globe and Mail.


11.21.14 Good Luck Winnipeg 76'ers!

The Winnipeg 76'ers are off to Regina this weekend to compete in the first wheelchair rugby tournament of the season.  Good luck to Coach Chris McCluskey and his team of athletes as they aim for a 1st place finish!

11.10.14 Congratulations Bill Johnson!

MWSA member Bill Johnson was recently honored at the Petro Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, as Head Coach of Canada's National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team.

The Gala, presented by the Coaching Association of Canada, recognizes Paralympic coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympic World Games in the past season.

Bill led Team Canada to a 1st place finish at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship this past June.

Visit to read the full story.

Congratulations Bill!


11.06.14 Flapjack Fundraiser November 29, 2014

Come out to support MWSA's 2015 Canada Games and Wheelchair Basketball Program.  A breakfast fundraiser will be held on Saturday November 29, 2014 at Applebee's restaurant on Pembina Highway, 8 am - 10 am.  For only $10.00, your breakfast will include 3 delicious pancakes, 3 strips of crispy bacon, and a beverage of your choice.

Contact MWSA at 204 925 5790 or for tickets.

10.24.14 Good Luck to MWSA's Junior Wheelchair Bassktball Team!

MWSA's Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team will be in Saskatoon this weekend competing in their first wheelchair basketball tournament as a team!  The athletes and coaches have dedicated many hours of hard work and training since January and MWSA is very proud of their incredible accomplishments in such a short period of time!  Good Luck Team!!

Team this weekend in Saskatoon:

Coaches - Chantelle Horel and Jarrett Yaworksi.

Athletes - Kurtis Wiens, Kail McCluskey, Magdalayna Pollhammer, Spencer Lambert, Josh Brown, Jennifer Kowalson, Owen Rigby.

Parent Support - Debbie Pollhammer, Chris McCluskey, Richard Lambert.


10.20.14 MWSA in Morden, Brandon and La Salle

Join MWSA at a number of fall events in rural Manitoba promoting and raising awareness about wheelchair sports:

1.  Saturday November 1, 2014 - Wheelchair Basketball at Morden Collegiate, Morden MB, 1 pm - 3 pm.

2.  Sunday November 23, 2014 - Multi-sport HAVE-A-GO Event at the Healthy Living Centre at Brandon University, Brandon Manitoba, 2 pm - 5 pm.  Click here to view poster.

3.  Saturday November 15 and Saturday December 13, 2014 - Wheelchair Basketball at the La Salle Community Club, La Salle, MB, 10 am - 1 pm.

Admission is free.  Events open to all ages and abilities.

For more information, contact the MWSA office at 204 925 5790 or

09.26.14 Fall 2014 Practice Schedules

The Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby practices are confirmed for the fall.  All ages and abilities are encouraged to come out.  Equipment and coaching provided at all practices.  Click on links below for schedule.

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Rugby

For insurance purposes, must be MWSA member to participate.  Membership form here.

09.19.14 Wheelchair Basketball Clinic October 4 and 5, 2014

MWSA will be hosting a wheelchair basketball clinic on October 4 and 5, 2014.  Clinic open to all skill levels, abilities, and ages.  Topics include:  sport nutrition, skills & drills, game playing, to name a few.  Cost for weekend only $30.00 plus MWSA membership.  Click here for clinic details.

Register by October 2, 2014 by contacting the MWSA office, 204 925 5790,


09.15.14 Wheelchair Rugby Clinic September 27, 2014

MWSA will be hosting a Wheelchair Rugby Clinic on Saturday September 27, 2014 at Youth For Christ, 333 King Street. Clinic will cover topics such as sport nutrition, sport psychology, skills & drills, game playing, and is open to all ages and all abilities.  Clinic will run from 9 am - 5 pm and the cost for the day is only $25.00 (lunch included) for MWSA members and $45.00 for non-members. Click here for more details or contact the MWSA office.  Registration deadline is September 25, 2014.

09.05.14 2014-2015 MWSA Membership Renewal and Program Registration

It's that time of year, MWSA membership renewal for the coming season September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015.  Membership fees:  $15.00 for an adult, $10.00 for child/youth, $25.00 family membership.  Form and payment can be mailed to the MWSA office.  Click here for form.

Program Registration - Fee of only $50.00 will enable MWSA members to participate in our programs for the entire season! The program fee will help offset costs such as facility rental fees and upkeep of equipment.  Please mail form and payment to the MWSA office.  Click here for program registration form.


08.25.14 Committee Members Needed

MWSA members are encouraged to contribute to MWSA by volunteering to sit on any of our three committees:

Athlete and Program Development

Coach and Officials Development

Junior Wheelchair Program Development

For clinic descriptions, click here.  Contact the office at 204 925 5790 or mwsa@sportmanitoba for more information.

08.24.14 Mini-Paralympic Sport Camp August 2014

Our annual week long wheelchair/para sports camp just wrapped up and what a fantastic week it was!  Eleven children and youth enjoyed: wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair baseball, para-paddling, able sailing, sledge hockey, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair volleyball, para-archery, wheelchair dance, and an afternoon of arts & crafts.  Thank you to all volunteers for making this happen and to MTS Future First Grant for their support!

08.18.14 WHEEL-A-THON Fundraiser for MWSA

MWSA will be hosting a WHEEL-A-THON Fundraiser on Saturday September 20, 2014.  Form your teams, collect pledges and come out to support a wonderful cause.  All monies raised will stay in Manitoba in support of MWSA's programs that include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, junior wheelchair sports.  

Details:  Grant Park High School, outdoor paved track.  9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Great music and food.

Participants will compete in a 4 x 400 meter relay race in teams of 4.  Teams will be scheduled into heats.  Prizes for fastest time, best team costume, most uncoordinated, and more.

All pledges/donations over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.  Click below for registration package and pledge forms.

Registration Package.  Pledge Form.

07.29.14 Thank you to Armour Roofing!

A big thank you to Scotty Neumann and Armour Roofing for their generous donation of $500!! With that money, Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association will be able to purchase reversible practice jerseys for the Team MB Wheelchair Basketball program. Private support from the community doesn't receive enough recognition. Our young athletes will benefit from your kindness!!!!  

07.07.14 Annual General Meeting

MWSA's AGM was held on June 23, 2014 at Sport For Life.  Thank you to all MWSA members and non-members who came out.

To view the minutes from the AGM, click here.

MWSA's revised Constitution & By-Laws was adopted at a Special General Meeting that was held 30 minutes prior to the start of the AGM.  To view the current By-Laws, click here.

MWSA's 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

President - David Tweed

Vice President - Kevin Stewart

Treasurer - Dan Rosentreter

Directors at Large - Jared Funk, Bob Fisher, Leon Farthing-Nichol, Tricia Klassen, Jordan Harvey.

Thank you to outgoing President Debbie Paul for her commitment and dedication to MWSA in 2013-2014. 

06.27.14 Spinal Cord Injury - Study

MWSA member Kevin Stewart is working on a study on physical activity levels of individuals with a spinal cord injury.  If you are interested in participating, click here.


06.20.14 Mini-Paralympic Camp August 18-22, 2014

MWSA's annual multi-sport mini camp for children/youth with a physical disability now open for registration.

Mini-Paralympic Camp:  Schedule, Registration Form, Medical Form, Waiver Form.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to partake in wheelchair baseball, sitting volleyball, para-paddling, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair dance, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, able sailing, and much more!!

06.19.14 Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting June 23, 2014

In preparation for the June 23/14 SGM and AGM, staff and Board reports can be viewed below:

President's Report,  Executive Director's Report,  Program Coordinator's Report, Wheelchair Rugby Report,  Wheelchair Basketbal and Canada Games 2015.

Summary of changes to MWSA Constitution & By-Laws.

Revised Agenda for SGM and AGM.

2013 MWSA AGM Meeting Minutes - to be approved at 2014 AGM

06.12.14 Basketball Manitoba: 3on3 Tournament

Basketball Manitoba is very excited to announce that after a 5 year absence, the world's largest 3on3 basketball tournament is returning to Winnipeg on June 28-29 at the Garden City Shopping Centre. We are excited to announce there will be a Wheelchair Basketball Division! Check the link below for details!

Click Here 

06.09.14 Board Nominations Received

The following MWSA members have submitted their nominations to be elected to MWSA's Board at the upcoming AGM (June 23):

Click on "nomination" to learn about the nominees.

Be sure to come out to the SGM and AGM on June 23 beginning at 5:30 pm to hear all about MWSA's past year.

05.25.14 Fantastic Wheelchair Basketball Clinic Weekend!

MWSA wishes to thank: Karla Tritten- Wheelchair Basketball Canada Learning Facilitator, MWSA Wheelchair Basketball Coaches - Jarrett Yaworski, Jeff Watson, Chantelle Horel, MWSA Board Member - Kevin Stewart, Coaching Manitoba, and ALL Athletes - for contributing to the success of this weekends' wheelchair basketball clinic! Canada Games 2015 here we come!!

05.23.14 MWSA Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting Monday June 23, 2014

MWSA's AGM will be held on Monday June 23, 2014 at Sport For Life, 145 Pacific Avenue beginning at 6:00 pm.  Preceding the AGM, a Special General Meeting will be held at 5:30 pm so that the membership can adopt MWSA's revised Constitution & By-Laws.

We encourage all members and non-members to attend as this is an excellent opportunity to hear about the associations' successes and challenges this past year, and plans for the coming year.

As well, there are currently 5 Board positions up for election and the new Board  will be determined at the AGM.  Positions available:  President (2 year term), Treasurer (1 year term), 2 Director at Large (2 year term), Director at Large (1 year term).  MWSA is seeking individuals who want to work on the development of programs, assist with the growth of the organization, marketing and fundraising.

Special General Meeting - June 23, 2014 - 5:30 pm - Agenda, By-Laws

Annual General Meeting - June 23, 2014 - 6:00 pm - Agenda

Board Nomination Form

If you have any questions, please contact MWSA at 204 925 5790 or

05.15.14 Good Luck Wheelchair Rugby Team!

The Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team will be competing May 16-18, 2014 at the Wheelchair Rugby Nationals taking place in London, Ontario.  The 2014 team consists of:  Jared Funk, Arin Smith, David Tweed, Jonathon Burzuik, Brad Hebert, and Dan Fletcher.  Coach - Chris McCluskey and Equipment Manager - Bill Funk.

The team has been training long and hard for the past 8 months as they strive to defend their 2nd place finish from 2013, with the ultimate goal of 1st place this year.  GOOD LUCK TEAM!

05.13.14 MTS Future First Grant

We got it !! Thank you to everyone who voted to support MWSA's Mini-Paralympian Camp in partnership with the MTS Future First Grant!! MWSA has received $10,000.00 that will help us to build our program! For more details on the MTS Future First Community Development Grants check out

Check out the great video made by MTS by clicking here 

05.09.14 Handcycling at Bird's Hill Park

STRAE Sport has organized group handcycling at Bird's Hill Park in May and June:  May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  All are welcome to join the group for a beautiful ride through the park.  STRAE handcycles will be on-hand for trials and light refreshments will be provided.  To confirm your attendance, please contact, or call 1-800-661-9915.

05.08.14 MWSA Annual General Meeting June 23, 2014

MWSA's AGM will take place at Sport For Life, 145 Pacific Avenue on Monday June 23, 2014, 5:30 pm.  More details will be posted soon.

05.03.14 Arin Smith Wins Award at Sport Manitoba Night of Champions!

Congratulations to long time MWSA Athlete and Board Member Arin Smith (shown front row, center) for being named Sport Manitoba's 2014 Great West Life Volunteer of the Year!!

04.17.14 Updated Wheelchair Basketball Schedule April - June 2014

Changes have been made and dates have been added to the wheelchair basketball practice schedule.  See schedule below.

Wheelchair Basketball April - June 2014

04.13.14 WHEELCHAIR FENCING at Mini-Paralympic Camp

Thank you to the Manitoba Lightning Club for facilitating Wheelchair Fencing at MWSA's Mini-Paralympic Camp earlier today.  Participants learnt about the rules of the sport, various types of equipment, and then tried their hand at it.  They had a blast!  Visit to view photo album.


04.10.14 We're in the Top 20!

MWSA has been selected to the top 20 initiatives eligible for the MTS "Future First" Grant.

To support MWSA please follow the link by clicking on the above image, then click on the "vote for your favorite now" button and vote for our Mini Paralmypian Camp!!

Voting puts your name in a draw for free tickets to the Lady GaGa Concert May 22, 2014

04.01.14 Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby April-May 2014

The April and May 2014 practice schedules for Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby are now available.  

For insurance purposes, participants must be MWSA members.  Click here for membership form.

Wheelchair Rugby.

For more information, contact the MWSA office.

03.26.14 Ian Crowe

Congratulations to long time MWSA and Manitoba Wheelchair Rugby Team Member Ian Crowe for being named to the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team!  Please see the following announcement from Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA).

03.10.14 Canada Games 2015 Information Night

Come learn all about the exciting opportunity to be a part of MWSA's Wheelchair Basketball Team that will represent Manitoba at the 2015 Winter Canada Games taking place in Prince George, B.C..

  • Tuesday March 18, 2014
  • University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre, room 2D11
  • 7:00 pm

Contact the office 204 925 5790 or for more information. View flyer.

03.04.14 Murderball Weekend - Great Time Had By All!

The Murderball Wheelchair Rugby Tournament was a huge success!  Thank you to the 4 teams for showcasing such exciting games:  Team Toba, Team Saskatchewan, Edmonton Steel Wheels, and Calgary Inferno!  Thank you to sponsors:  Sport Manitoba, Coloplast, Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association for their financial support.  Thank you to Dignity Taxi for doing a fantastic job with transportation, Geraldine Bruneau for donating the coffee and delicious cookies, and a big thank you to ALL the volunteers for their help during the tournament!  

02.27.14 2014 Murderball Classic Tournament Schedule

Come down to West Kildonan Collegiate this weekend and check out the best Wheelchair Rugby in Western Canada! All are welcome to help us cheer on Team Toba as they square off against Team Calgary, Edmonton & Saskatchewan. 

02.20.14 Weekend Wheelchair Basketball Practrices

In addition to Tuesdays at the U of W, MWSA has secured a few weekend practices in February and March:

Saturday February 22, 2014 – U of W – 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday March 2, 2014 – Joe Doupe Gym at HSC – 11 am  - 1pm

Sunday March 16, 2014 – Joe Doupe Gym at HSC – 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday March 22, 2014 – U of W – 11 am – 1 pm

If you would like more information, contact the office at or ph. 204 925 5790.

02.18.14 Prospect Camp in Toronto

The National Wheelchair Rugby Team is hosting their annual Prospect Camp this week in Toronto.  National team calibre athletes are invited to the 3 day camp and assessed on their skills, drills, team dynamics, etc..  MWSA member Jonathon Burzuik was invited by the national program to attend.  Jon is an up and coming wheelchair rugby athlete with high performance potential.  Good luck Jon in Toronto! 

02.03.14 Wheelchair Basketball Clinic a Success!

With more than 15 participants both days, MWSA's 5 wheelchair basketball coaches, Coach Mentor Bill Johnson, and learning facilitators from Wheelchair Basketball Canada, the clinic was an informative and educational one for all.  Not to mention, a lot of fun!!!  For more information on wheelchair basketball, be sure to contact MWSA.

01.14.14 Wheelchair Basketball Clinic February 1 and 2, 2014

MWSA in partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Canada and Coaching Manitoba will be hosting a Wheelchair Basketball Clinic on February 1 and 2, 2014.  The clinic is open to males and females with or without a physical disability.  Excellent opportunity to learn all about the game of wheelchair basketball.  Fee for weekend is only $5.00 - MWSA membership.  Contact the office at 204-925-5790 or to register.  Click here for more information.

MWSA Membership Form.

01.13.14 3rd Place Finish for Wheelchair Rugby Team!

Congratulation to the MWSA's wheelchair rugby team on their 3rd place finish in Edmonton this past weekend.  The team competed at the Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Edmonton as part of the Prairie League Series.  Next up, Murderball in Winnipeg March 1 and 2, 2014.  Check back soon for more details.

01.10.14 Mini Camp Sunday January 12 2014

The Mini-Camp scheduled for Sunday January 12, 2014 has been canceled.  Be sure to contact the office to register for the February 9 date - Wheelchair Tennis will be the feature sport.

01.07.14 Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby

Both programs begin practice tonight - University of Winnipeg, Duckworth Centre.

Wheelchair Basketball Schedule

Wheelchair Rugby Schedule

Everyone welcome - great fun, great sports, great camaraderie!

12.12.13 Wheelchair Basketball with Aaron Moseley-WIlliams

Aaron Moseley-Williams, MWSA member who is currently on the Men's National Wheelchair Basketball Team will be leading a special wheelchair basketball practice on Friday December 20, 2013:

University of Winnipeg - Duckworth Centre - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

See you on the court!

12.09.13 Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association - AGM

Angela Lloyd (ED) and Ryan Van Berkel (Program Coordinator) recently traveled to Ottawa to attend the CWSA and Bridging The Gap AGM.  The meetings were very informative and covered topics such as: fundraising, programming (juniors, schools), building new relationships with various organizations (Arthritis Society, Workers Compensation Board, etc.), high performance.  

There was also opportunity for all provinces to report on their wheelchair rugby programs, and exchange ideas on program delivery. 

Visit and for more information.

12.09.13 DONATION

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association (MWSA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that relies heavily on grants and donations.  We are a registered charity and tax receipts are issued for $10.00 or more.  Donations can be paid by cash, cheque, Visa and Mastercard (phone MWSA at 204-925-5790 for credit card donations). 

  • In Memoriam - you can donate to MWSA in memory of a loved one.
  • All Charities Campaign - you can identify MWSA as your charity of choice.
  • United Way Campaign – you can identify MWSA as your charity of choice.
  • Canada Helps – donate online at

All money raised is truly appreciated and stays in Manitoba to support individuals and families affected with a physical disability.

11.25.13 Thank you!

MWSA and the Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Club wish to thank everyone who supported the FUNdraising Dinner on November 22, 2013.  As well, thank you to all silent auction donors - without your generosity, the evening would not have been the success it was.

Donors:  Manitoba Lotteries, Canad Inn Polo Park, Bellamy's Restaurant, Booster Juice (Grant & Pembina), Winnipeg Jets, Home Run Sports, Strada Personal Spa, Jared, Funk, Leon Farthing-Nichol, The Access Store, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Bonded Health and Mobility, Partylite, Peggy Davies, Tim Hortons, Clayton Carriere, Pet Valu, Garden City Shoppong Centre, BoMinSo Massage Therapy, Essentials Body Store, Keewating Truck Service, Innovative Martial Arts, Richlu Manufacturing, Patene Building Supplies.

11.25.13 Wheelchair Rugby - Receration Program

All are welcome to come out to MWSA's Wheelchair Rugby Recreation program:

Saturday November 30, 2013 and Saturday December 7, 2013.

University of Winnipeg - Duckworth Centre.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

For more information, contact Arin Smith at

11.20.13 2013/2014 Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Program

The Winter 2013/2014 Tennis Program is underway. Come join us at the Taylor Tennis Club on Wednesday Evenings from 8:30PM - 10:00PM for Drop In/Developmental Tennis. Everything is provided, including equipment and Tennis Manitoba Certified Coaching for a fee of $15. For further info or to let us know you are coming out, please contact the office.

11.04.13 3rd Place Finish in Saskatoon!

Congratulations to Team Manitoba on their 3rd place finish at the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this past weekend!

11.04.13 Congratulations Duncan Campbell!

MWSA Congratulates Duncan Campbell on Being Awarded The International Paralympic Order!

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association congratulates Duncan Campbell, the co-creator of wheelchair rugby, on being awarded the most prestigious prize in the Paralympic movement: the International Paralympic Order. The honour, which is bestowed by the International Paralympic Committee, is reserved for those who make an important, life-long contribution to the Paralympic movement.

“It’s a huge honour,” said Campbell, “but the game has given me more than I’ve ever given it.”

Campbell, who is nicknamed the “Quadfather,” invented wheelchair rugby along with four friends in a gym in Winnipeg in 1976. They called their new sport “murderball” because of its high-contact nature. Since its humble Canadian beginnings, “murderball” has evolved into wheelchair rugby: a popular Paralympic sport played in over 30 countries worldwide.

Campbell remains a driving force in promoting and professionalizing the game. He is active in the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and is also the Director of Development for Wheelchair Rugby Canada, where he spearheads new initiatives to recruit and retain athletes. He is also the National Coordinator of the Bridging the Gap program: a first-contact initiative that gets people with newly acquired disabilities active in wheelchair sports. 

Campbell’s biggest impact, however, comes from his direct impact on the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities. He is a mentor to many Canadian Paralympians, including wheelchair rugby national team stars Garett Hickling, Ian Chan, and Trevor Hirschfield. The game he created has gone on to improve the lives of thousands of people worldwide.

“It's so much more than a sport,” says Canadian wheelchair rugby national team member Miranda Biletski.” Through this sport, Duncan has helped so many people with new injuries gain independence and confidence in their new lives.”

Campbell’s International Paralympic will be presented on November 23 at the 2013 Paralympic Awards in Athens, Greece.


11.01.13 Good Luck to Wheelchair Rugby Team!

Six wheelchair rugby athletes, coach Clayton Carriere, and support staff will be in Saskatoon this weekend competing in the first of four Prairie League wheelchair rugby tournaments.  Good Luck to Team Manitoba!

10.31.13 Wheelchair Basketball CANCELLED Sunday November 3, 2013

Please note, there will be NO wheelchair basketball on Sunday November 3, 2013 at Joe Doupe Centre (HSC).  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Click here for updated schedule.  The 2014 practice schedule will be posted in December.

10.27.13 Thank You to All Volunteers!

The Parasport Festival was a tremendous success!  Thank you to volunteers:  David Tweed (MWSA Vice-President), Kevin Stewart (MWSA Board member), and wheelchair rugby athletes Daniel Rockenstein, Brad Hebert, Samara Turner, and Jonathon Burzuik, for working at the MWSA booth.  MWSA and the Canadian Paralympic Committee will continue to work closely to raise awareness of wheelchair/para sports in Manitoba.

10.22.13 PARASPORT Festival October 26, 2013

MWSA is thrilled to be a part of the Parasport Festival taking place on Saturday October 26, 2013.  The Festival is taking place at the U of M - Max Bell Centre from 2 pm - 6 pm.  Come out and learn all about the many para/wheelchair sports!  Click here for more information.

10.16.13 Recreation Wheelchair Rugby - Cancelled October 19/13

Due to the U of W's graduation ceremonies this weekend, the Wheelchair Rugby Rec. Program scheduled for Saturday October 19, 2013 has been cancelled.  Sorry for the inconvenience.


10.10.13 Wheelchair Basketball Canada AGM

I recently attended the Wheelchair Basketball Canada AGM in Ottawa.  It was an eventful weekend that included:

-Updates from all provinces regarding their wheelchair basketball program.

-Opportunity to exchange best practices with the national office and provincial offices.

-Discussions regarding programming, recruitment, fundraising.

As well, Canada will play host to the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in June 2014.  Wheelchair Basketball Canada is busy planning and they gave a very informative presentation to all AGM delegates.  Visit for more information.

Angela Lloyd, Executive Director

09.23.13 FUNDraiser Evening

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association and the Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Club are hosting a FUNdraising Evening on Friday November 22, 2013. The event will be held at the TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo Park, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. For only $20.00, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, great camaraderie, and the opportunity to win great prizes (silent auction, 50/50 draw).

Tickets can be purchased through the MWSA office 204-925-5790,, or, by contacting Clayton Carriere - Head Coach, Wheelchair Rugby at

Proceeds raised will support the Junior Wheelchair Sport Program and the Wheelchair Rugby Program, in Manitoba.

Click Here for Event Poster

09.16.13 Thank you Terry Pratt!

We congratulate and thank Terry Pratt for 10 years of service as President of Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association.  Terry was dedicated and committed to the growth of the organization and was a great ambassador for wheelchair sports.  The quality and quantity of his work will be an inspiration to MWSA for years to come.

Best wishes Terry for happiness and success in your personal, career, and family endeavors.


Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association

09.15.13 FUNdraising Evening - Friday November 22, 2013

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association and the Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Club are hosting a FUNdraising Evening on Friday November 22, 2013.  The event will be held at the TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo Park, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  For only $20.00, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, great camaraderie, and the opportunity to win great prizes (silent auction, 50/50 draw).

Tickets can be purchased through the MWSA office 204-925-5790,, or, by contacting Clayton Carriere - Head Coach, Wheelchair Rugby at

Proceeds raised will support the Junior Wheelchair Sport Program and the Wheelchair Rugby Program, in Manitoba.

09.15.13 Grey Cup Pool Tickets

The Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Club is selling Grey Cup Pool ticket.  Tickets are only $2.00 each.  To purchase, contact the MWSA office, or, Arin Smith at

09.07.13 Condolences to the Family of Trevor Robinson

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association, along with the entire wheelchair rugby community, expresses our condolences on the loss of Trevor Robinson, who recently passed away at the age of 43. Trevor was a member of the Canadian wheelchair rugby national squad from 2002 to 2006 and was active in the wheelchair rugby community in Manitoba.

Trevor was born in Gimli, Manitoba and was raised in Winnipeg. As a teenager, he was heavily involved in volleyball, baseball and hockey. After becoming a quadriplegic in his early twenties in an off-road dirt biking accident, Trevor discovered wheelchair rugby and quickly showed promise in the sport. 

In 2002, Trevor’s hard work paid off when he made the Canadian national team squad and had the opportunity to travel the world and represent his country. His teammates and coaches remember him as a versatile and hard-working mid-point player who could use his speed and size on offense, then shut down a higher-point defender on defense. Off the court, he was a volunteer for the Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association’s School Awareness program, where spoke to students about the importance of sports participation and safety awareness.

Trevor is survived by his mother Carol, brother Troy (Cindy); uncles Darold, Merle and Duane Coldwell; girlfriend Nicole, special friend of many years Shirley. No formal service will be held.

09.05.13 Basketball & Rugby 2013/2014 Schedule

The 2013/2014 Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby Schedules are now complete! Please click the below links to download the schedules. If you have any questions regarding the program details, please don't hesitate to contact us as the office. 

2013 Wheelchair Basketball Schedule 

2013 Wheelchair Rugby Schedule 

09.04.13 Membership Renewal

It's that time of year, MWSA membership renewal for 2013-2014.  Forms available on the Membership page.

08.27.13 September Wheelchair Rugby Clinic

On September 28th and 29th, MWSA will be hosting a Wheelchair Rugby Clinic that will focus on all aspects of the sport. Information sessions and hands on sessions will include Sport Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Wheelchair Maintenance, and on-court practices. Click the link below to see the schedule and registration information

Wheelchair Rugby Clinic Information Sheet [PDF]

08.26.13 Have a Go Days:

MWSA & Bridging the Gap Program Coordinators host Have a Go Days and other events that allow people to try a variety of wheelchair sports in a fun, supportive atmosphere. We provide everything from the sports wheelchairs to the straps to the equipment. If you need transportation to the event, we can arrange it. Best of all: it's free! 

We will be hosting "Have a Go Days" at the Joe Doupe Centre in University of Manitoba Health Sciences Centre Campus on the following dates from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Please contact the office for further details.

September 11, 25
October 9, 23
November 6, 20
December 4, 18
January 15, 29
February 12, 26
March 12, 26
April 9, 23

08.24.13 Day 5 - Mini-Paralympic Camp

Final day of camp included Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Dance, and Wheelchair Curling.  Fantastic time had by all!!

Mini-Paralympic Camp 2014 - August 18 - 22 - Can't wait!

08.22.13 Day 4 - Mini-Paralympic Camp

Splash & Dash River Tour, Wheelchair Tennis, and Wheelchair Ultimate.  Participants had so much fun!


08.22.13 PARA PADDLING - August 29, 2013

MWSA in Partnership with the Manitoba Paddling Association is hosting a Learn to Paddle Night for youth and children with a physical disability.

When:  Thursday August 29 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm.

Please join us at the Winnipeg Canoe & Kayak Centre, 80 Churchill Drive, Winnipeg.  The program is free of cost and sure to be a great time!

RSVP by Wednesday August 28, 2013 by contacting Ryan Van Berkel at or at 204-925-5789.

08.21.13 Day 3 - Mini-Paralymic Camp

Para-Archery and Sledgehockey - had a great time!

08.20.13 Day 2 of Mini-Paralympic Camp

Fort Whyte Alive - Bison and Bannock Tour followed by Able Sailing.  Another great day!

08.19.13 Day 1 of Mini-Paralympic Camp

Wheelchair Basketball, Sport Manitoba Hall of Fame scavenger hunt & games, Tour of Goldeyes Stadium - Kids had a BLAST!

08.14.13 Wheelchair Tennis Tournament a Success!

The 1st inaugural Prairie Cup Wheelchair Tennis tournament was a success with 3 Manitoba athletes and 2 Alberta athletes participating.  Competition was tough and Manitoban, Sam Unrau took the championship.  Congratulations to all athletes for showcasing excellent wheelchair tennis matches! For detailed tournament results please click here and to view the tournament photo album please click here

08.09.13 2013 Prairies Cup Wheelchair Tennis Championships


The MWSA is proud to partner with Tennis Manitoba to present the inaugural 2013 Prairies Cup Wheelchair Championships at Kildonan Tennis Club from August 8 – 11. This tournament will see athletes from Manitoba and Alberta compete in matches throughout the weekend. The Prairies Cup is being held in conjunction with the Manitoba Open.

The Prairies Cup schedule is:

Thursday, August 8:

8:30 PM - Samuel Unrau vs. James Bernus

Friday, August 9:

10:00 AM - Jay Betker vs Kyle George Thompson

12:00 PM - Jay Betker vs Samuel Unrau

2:00 PM – Samuel Unrau vs. Kyle George Thompson

4:00 PM – Samuel Unrau vs Ross Norton

6:00 PM – Ross Norton vs. James Bernus

8:30 PM – James Bernus/Kyle George Thompson vs. Jay Betker/Ross Norton

Saturday, August 10:

11:30 AM – Jay Betker vs. James Bernus

11:30 AM – Ross Norton vs. Kyle George Thompson

2:00 PM – James Bernus/Ross Norton vs. Jay Betker/Kyle George Thompson

Sunday, August 11:

11:30 AM – Ross Norton vs. Jay Betker

11:30 AM – Kyle George Thompson vs. James Bernus

2:00 PM – Ross Norton/Kyle George Thompson vs Jay Betker/James Bernus

08.06.13 Basketball Cancelled Tonight

Notice: The Tuesday Basketball program tonight will be canceled, but will continue next Tuesday, August 13. 

07.31.13 Mini-Paralympic Camp August 19-23, 2013


MWSA's 2nd Annual Mini-Paralympic Camp has been confirmed. The week long camp will take place from August 19 - 23 and is open to kids ages 7 - 17. 

Kids will have an opportunity to try numerous Paralympics Sports including, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Archery, Hand Cycling, Sledge Hockey, Wheelchair Dance, Ultimate Frisbee and Sailing! The camp will also include tours of Sport Manitoba Hall of Fame, Fort Whyte Alive and the Red River via Splash and Dash River Tours. 

Drop off times throughout the week between 9am - 10am and pickup between 4pm - 5pm at venue. Instruction in the sports will be provided by certified coaches and as well as Provincial and National Team athletes and coaches. The Cost to register will be $150 for the week or $35 per day. 

For Further details or to register please see below links which include Camp Schedule, Camp Registration From and Medical Form.

For any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at the office.  

1. Registration Form 

2. Medical Form 

3. Waiver Form

4. Mini-Camp Schedule 

07.30.13 Canadian Federation of Students Demo

On July 20th, the MWSA hosted a wheelchair sports team building exercise as part of the Canadian Federation of Students - Manitoba 2013 Skills Symposium. Teams representing four students unions in Manitoba competed in relay races and then a friendly game of Wheelchair Floor Hockey. We would like to thank CFS-MB for having us there!

07.29.13 Spence Neighbourhood Demos

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association has been partnering with the Spence Neighbourhood Association to provide wheelchair sport programming for inner city youth. On July 15, youth got to experience wheelchair rugby with Paralympian Jared Funk, and on July 22 youth got to experience wheelchair basketball. 

The MWSA will host two more demonstrations in August. If you would like to come out and tryout basketball or rugby, contact Ryan Van Berkel at 204 925 5789 or at

07.16.13 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy

Press Release (Wheelchair Basketball Canada)

"(Toronto, Ont.) A new era has begun in the rich history of Canadian wheelchair basketball. Mike Frogley, one of the brightest minds in the sport, officially begins his tenure as the director of the new groundbreaking Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy set to formally launch in September 2013.

"It's really great to get on the court and begin working directly with the athletes because at the end of the day we are trying to leverage all of the resources within Wheelchair Basketball Canada to maximize the potential of all our athletes. It's about making them the best in the world," said Frogley"

For more information on the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy, click here.

07.04.13 Summer Wheelchair Basketball Program

Every Tuesday starting July 16, MWSA will be hosting an introductory wheelchair basketball program at the Jonathon Toews Community Centre. We will be outside on the courts from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. This program is open to all ages and all abilities!

We look forward to seeing you out there!

To see the poster, click here.

06.27.13 Legacy Games June 28-30, 2013, Kamloops, B.C.

MWSA athletes Arin Smith, Jonation Burzuik, and Sean Rand will be competing in Wheelchair Rugby at the Legacy Games this coming weekend. 

Visit for more information.

Good luck guys!

06.23.13 Dany Fletcher - Marathon Wheelchair Finisher!

MWSA member, Danny Fletcher completed the full Marathon Wheelchair race on Sunday June 16, 2013!  He finished the 26.2 mile course in 2:02:24.  Way to go Danny!

06.20.13 Order of Sport Excellence Awards

A number of MWSA members and athletes received Sport Manitoba Order of Sport Excellence certificates and medals at the MWSA AGM on June 19, 2013

The Order of Sport Excellence program recognizes athletic achievements on a national and international level, coaching on a national or international level, and volunteerism.


2012 Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team - 3rd place finish at Nationals.

Joey Johnson - Gold medal winner at London 2012 Paralympics - Wheelchair Basketball. 

Jared Funk - Silver medal winner at London 2012 Paralympics - Wheelchair Rugby.

Bill Johnson - Head Coach Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Team, 2012 and 2013.

Bill Funk - 15 years plus of Dedication and Commitment to the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association.

2013 Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team - 2nd place finish at Nationals

Clayton Carriere - Coach, Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team

Leon Farthing-Nichol, Brett Crowe, Bill Funk - Volunteer support staff for Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team at Nationals in 2012 and 2013

Congratulations to all recipients!

06.19.13 MWSA Welcomes Summer Student

MWSA welcomes Sam Unrau, who will be working as our Junior Development Coordinator. Sam brings with him a wealth of knowledge related to wheelchair/para sports, board governance, and sport development. He can be reached at 204-925-5789 or via email:

06.16.13 2013 Prairie Cup Wheelchair Tennis Championships

This summer, wheelchair tennis players from across Western Canada and beyond are invited to Winnipeg, Manitoba to participate in the inaugural Prairie Cup Wheelchair Tennis Championships. This event is the first of its kind in Manitoba, and will be hosted August 9th - 11th at the Kildonan Tennis Club during the 2013 Manitoba Open Tennis Championships.

The Prairie Cup is a Tennis Manitoba Initiative to grow wheelchair tennis participation in the prairie provinces. During the winter, Tennis Manitoba partnered with the Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association to host a drop-in wheelchair tennis program at Taylor Tennis in Winnipeg. A similar program is currently taking play during the outdoor season at Norwood Community Centre.

Manitoba has a strong history of wheelchair tennis, which has produced players and coaches who have participated at international events. Most notable of late is Winnipeg's Lee Carter, who is just the third Canadian male to win at least four consecutive national titles (singles and doubles, 2007-2010). Carter has also participated in World Team Cup competition, as well as the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. 

Both Tennis Manitoba and Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association are excited to host this tournament. We look forward to seeing you in August.

2013 Prairie Cup Fact Sheet

2013 Prairie Cup Registration

06.15.13 ILRC "Shout Out" Event

The Independent Living Resource Centre is giving youth with disabilities the chance to make an impact in their community and re-define disability at the same time.

The ILRC Youth Leadership Committee, launched in January of this year, is looking for youth ages 14-25 to get involved and be the voice for young people with disabilities through education and support.

The committee’s premiere event, “Shout Out”, will take place on Saturday afternoon, July 6, at ILRC In portage Place. Committee members and supporters will be sharing personal stories and other valuable   information on issues such as employment and accessible housing. Everyone who attends the Shout Out will be part of group discussions that will plan the future of the organization and the disability community in Manitoba. Later that evening, the committee will be hosting a dance for the attendees at Crescentwood Community Centre

To view the poster, click here!

06.05.13 Board Nominations for Annual General Meeting June 19, 2013

MWSA's AGM will take place on Wednesday June 19, 2013 at the Sport For Life Centre, beginning at 5:30 pm.  There are 5 board positions available and the new board members will be determined that evening.  The office received a nomination for the following MWSA members:

Arin Smith, David Tweed, Kevin Stewart, Mike Dahl, Leon Farthing-Nichol, Kim Lellig, and Danny Fletcher.

Since 7 nominations were received, a vote will be taking place at the AGM.  See you on the 19th!

06.04.13 Global's "Coach of the Month"

Congratulations to Clayton Carriere, Head Coach of Team Manitoba Wheelchair Rugby team for being selected as Coaching Manitoba's Coach of the Month for May 2013.  

Global News, in partnership with Coaching Manitoba features a sport coach of the month on the last Monday of each Month.  Clayton's story aired on May 27, 2013.  Below is the link.

06.02.13 Mini-Paralympian Camp August 19-23, 2013

MWSA is in the process if finalizing 2 sports for the camp.  Details about the camp will be available very soon.

05.26.13 Clayton Carriere - Coaching Manitoba's Coach of the Month!

CLAYTON CARRIRE, Coach of the Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Team has been selected as Coaching Manitoba's Coach of the Month for May 2013.

Be sure to tune in to Global TV Prime News at 10:00 PM on Monday May 27th for the sports report featuring Clayton.

05.22.13 2013 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championships

Congratulations to the Manitoba Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team for placing 2nd in division 2 at this year's National Championship in Calgary, Alberta. Team Toba had a record of 2 wins and 2 losses in the round robin play, which led to a bye into the gold medal game. Manitoba played well in the final, but lost out to a very skilled Team Saskatchewan by a score of 52 -43.

Congratulations to Manitoba's Jared Funk for being selected to the 2013 All Star Team by being voted the best 0.5 player in the tournament. We would like acknowledge Team Toba Head Coach Clayton Carriere on a job well done, leading the team to 2nd place finish at his first national tournament! Finally, thank you very much to the volunteer equipment managers and support staff Bill Funk and Leon Farthing.

For pictures and details on the tournament please follow the below links to the MWSA Facebook Page and Canadian Wheelchair Sports Image Gallery.

MWSA Facbook Page

Canadian Wheelchair Sports Image Gallery    

05.15.13 Hiring: Junior Developement Coordinator

MWSA is hiring a student to fill a summer term as the Junior Development Coordinator. For further details and the offcial job posting, please click here

To apply please send cover letter and resume to

Submission deadline Tuesday May 28, 2013.

05.15.13 2013 Wheelchair Tennis Programs


Wheelchair Tennis Summer Programs 

MWSA in partnership with Tennis Manitoba and Norwood Community Center will be hosting a Junior Wheel Chair Tennis Program for Kids and a separate program for youth and adults. 

Both Programs are starting Thursday May 16 @ 6:30 pm at Norwood Community Center, located at 87 Walmer Street in Winnipeg. 

The program will be drop-in every Thursday until October.

For further details and contact info please click on the links below.

05.14.13 Good luck Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team!

The Provincial Wheelchair Rugby Team will be competing May 17-19, 2013 at the Wheelchair Rugby Nationals taking place in Calgary.  The 2013 team consists of:  Jared Funk, Arin Smith, David Tweed, Jonathon Burzuik, Daniel Rockenstein, and Dan Fletcher.  Coach - Clayton Carriere.  Equipment Manager - Leon Farthing-Nichol.  Staff - Bill Funk and Ryan Van Berkel.

The team has been training long and hard for the past 8 months as they strive to defend their 3rd place finish from 2012, with the ultimate goal of 1st place in 2013.  GOOD LUCK TEAM!

05.09.13 Notice of Annual General Meeting

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association will be holding its' AGM on Wednesday June 19, 2013.  The meeting will be held at the Sport For Life Centre, 145 Pacific Avenue beginning at 5:30 pm.  We encourage all members to attend as it is an excellent opportunity to learn more about MWSA, hear about the associations' successes and challenges, plans & goals for upcoming year.

As well, there are 5 Board positions up this year and the new Board will be determined at the AGM.  If you are interested in becoming a Board member, contact the office at 204-925-5790 or for more information.  MWSA is seeking individuals who want to work on the development of programs, assist with the growth of the organization, and are highly motivated. 

For more information on the AGM and for Board nomination forms, click here.

To view the agenda, click here

05.06.13 Mini-Paralympian Camp Series a Success!


The winter/spring 2013 Mini-Paralympian Camp Series was a huge success!  Thank you to the more than 25 Mini-Paralympians who participated in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, able sail, wheelchair curling, and, wheelchair tennis.  Next up, Mini-Paralympian week long camp August 19-23, 2013.  Details will be available by the end of May 2013.

05.06.13 Maureen Orchard - YMCA/YWCA Award Recipient

On May 1, 2013, MWSA member Maureen Orchard was honored for her contributions in wheelchair sport, specifically wheelchair basketball with a YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.  Click here to read story.  Congratulations Maureen!

05.06.13 Jared Funk honored by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons


MWSA member Jared Funk was recently honored for his athletic achievements in wheelchair rugby by the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disables Persons,  The awards luncheon was held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on April 25, 2013.  Congratulations Jared!

04.24.13 JOEY JOHNSON inducted into Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame!

MWSA member, Joey Johnson will be inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.  Congratulations Joey on this honor!  Click here to see article in Winnipeg Free Press.


The multi-sport JAMBOREE scheduled for Saturday April 27, 2013 has been postponed.  New date and details still to be determined.

04.09.13 BRIDGING THE GAP Website

 Bridging the Gap Launches New Site

Canadians looking for information on how to get involved in wheelchair sports can now do so from the comfort of their own home thanks to the new Bridging the Gap website, which launched today at




Our "Have a Go" days offer a variety of different sports for participants to sample in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Current wheelchair athletes demonstrate sports and share their stories of getting involved and being physically active. The focus of the program is to introduce and support continued involvement of individuals with physical disabilities in wheelchair sports.

Have A Go Days are held at the Joe Doupe Centre (HSC), 727 McDermot Avenue, every second Wednesday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

Upcoming 2013 Dates:

April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21.

Fall 2013 schedule will be posted at a later date.

03.28.13 Bill Funk nominated for Volunteer of the Year

 BILL FUNK has been nominated for Sport Manitoba's Volunteer of the Year 2013.  Bill has been volunteering with the Wheelchair Rugby Program for more than 15 years in various capacities such as coaching and equipment manager.  He has been involved in multiple community outreach programs and has spent time promoting wheelchair sports and wheelchair rugby at Have-A-Go Days at the HSC and Soldiering On in Shile, MB.  Bill is a strong advocate for raising awareness of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle for the physically disabled.

The Awards Evening is on Tuesday April 30, 2013 at the Convention Centre.  To purchase tickets, contact the MWSA office.

Good luck Bill!


03.25.13 IAN CROWE - National Wheelchair Rugby Team

MWSA member IAN CROWE has been named to Canada's National Wheelchair Rugby Team!  Congratulations Ian!  Visit for more information.

03.01.13 Murderball a SUCCESS!

The Murderball Rugby Tournament took place February 22-24, 2013 at West Kildonan Collegiate.  It was a tremendous success with 5 teams competing (Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, and Team Prospect Camp)!  Thank you to all volunteers and Officials for assisting throughout the weekend.  As well, thank you to the following for their contributions:

1.  Sport Manitoba - Tournament Hosting Grants.

2.  Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association - Podium Club Grant.

3.  Shoppers Drug Mart, 2025 Corydon Avenue - bottled water.

4.  Mrs. Geraldine Bruneau for baking 300 cookies and providing coffee!

5.  Mrs. Nicki Douklias - monetary donation.

6.  Fairmont Hotel.

7.  Dignity Taxi Service.

See you in 2014!

02.13.13 Murderball Tournament

MWSA will be hosting the Murderball Classic - Wheelchair Rugby Tournament February 22-24, 2013.  The tournament is taking place at West Kildonan Collegiate, 101 Ridgecrest Avenue, Winnipeg.  Games begin at 5:00 pm on February 22, 9:30 am on February 23, and 9:30 am on February 24. Fore a detailed game schedule, click here.  See you next weekend!

02.10.13 Wheelchair Rugby Officials Clinic

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association will be hosting an Officials Clinic for Wheelchair Rugby.

When:  Friday February 22, 2013, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday February 23, 2013, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday February 24, 2013 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Where:  West Kildonan Collegiate, 101 Ridgecrest Avenue, Winnipeg.

The Officials Clinic is being held in conjunction with the Wheelchair Rugby Murderball Tournament.  The clinic will include theory on February 22 and the morning of February 23 and hands-on Officiating throughout the weekend tournament.

The clinic will be facilitated by Ryan Gaudet.  Ryan has been Officiating Wheelchair Rugby for 12 years and received his international licence in Bogota, Columbia at the American Zonal qualifier in 2012 for the Paralympic Games.  He has been the Head Official in the Prairies for the past 8 years and he looks forward helping develop new Officials in the Prairies.

There is no fee to attend the clinic and become an Official.

To register, contact the MWSA office by Wednesday February 20, 2013 at ph. 204-925-5790 or


02.05.13 Assistant Coach for Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association is currently hiring an Assistant Coach for our Junior Wheelchair Basketball program.  For job posting, click here.

02.05.13 Mini-Paralympian Camp

The first of 4 camps was held on Saturday February 2.  The participants had a great time participating in wheelchair basketball and being entertained by a magician!  Thanks to Joey Johnson for bringing his 4 Olympic medals for us all to  see!

01.28.13 Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association

The Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association recently held their annual awards dinner.  MWSA member, Joey Johnson (wheelchair basketball) was named one of the 5 finalists for Male Athlete of the Year.


The Jamboree that was scheduled for Saturday January 19, 2013 will now take place on Saturday April 27, 2013.  Details will be posted in March.

01.16.13 Wheelchair Rugby Team in Edmonton

The Wheelchair Rugby Team will be competing in a wheelchair rugby tournament in Edmonton January 19-20, 2013.  Good luck as they strive to finish in 1st place!

01.16.13 Multi-Sport Jamboree re-scheduled

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association has re-scheduled our Jamboree from Saturday January 19, 2013 to Saturday April 27, 2013.  More details will be available in the coming months.

01.12.13 Aaron Moseley-Williams selected for Team Canada!



(Las Vegas, NV)Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 24 athletes selected to represent Canada in 2013 as members of the Senior Men’s and Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Teams.

The rosters includes nine returning players from the London 2012 Paralympic gold medal winning men’s team, and ten returning players from the women’s team.

"The three new players give our senior team an injection of youth and top-end speed, and I'm looking forward to working them into the various line-up combinations. At the same time, I'm excited about the additional opportunities for our development athletes and Futures Program players to compete internationally in 2013," said Jerry Tonello, Team Canada men's head coach.

“Our team is a fast, high-energy group and I’m looking forward to watching our younger players develop and learn from the dedication and motivation of our veterans,” said Bill Johnson, Team Canada women’s head coach.

The teams were selected from a pool of 46 athletes (22 men and 24 women) who attended a weeklong selection camp January 2-8, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 12 men and 12 women named to Team Canada in 2013 are: (athletes’ city of residence indicated / returning players from the 2012 team denoted with a *):


Aaron Moseley-Williams (Winnipeg, Man.)

Abdi Dini (Scarborough, Ont.) *
Adam Lancia (Halifax, N.S.) *

Brandon Wagner (Burlington, Ont.) *

Chad Jassman (Calgary, Alta.) *
Dave Durepos (Fredericton, N.B.) *

David Eng (Montreal, Que.) *

Mickael Poulin (Quebec, Que.)

Nikola Goncin (Regina, Sask.)

Robert “Bo” Hedges (Wonowon, B.C.) *

Tyler Miller (Kitchener, Ont.) *
Yvon Rouillard (Montreal, Que.) *

Head Coach: Jerry Tonello (Toronto, Ont.)

Alarissa Haak (Edmonton, Alta.)

Amanda Yan (Vancouver, B.C.)

Cindy Ouellet (Quebec, Que.) *

Elaine Allard (St. Eustache, Que.) *

Elisha Williams (Prince George, B.C.) *Katie Harnock (Elmira, Ont.) *
Jamey Jewells (Donkin, N.S.) *

Janet McLachlan (Vancouver, B.C.) *

Maude Jacques (Ste-Catherine, Que.) *

Tamara Steeves (Mississauga, Ont.) *
Tara Feser (St. Albert, Alta.) *
Tracey Ferguson (Richmond Hill, Ont.) *


Head Coach: Bill Johnson (Winnipeg, Man.)




MWSA's recreational wheelchair basketball program takes place at the Duckworth Centre, University of Winnipeg. Come out for an evening of great fun, exercise and camaraderie! Sport wheelchairs are available at the University. Upcoming dates/times:

Tuesday January 15, 2013 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday January 22, 2013 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday January 29, 2013 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Every Tuesday evening in February and March 2013 - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm



01.02.13 Good luck Aaron Moseley-Williams!

Manitoban Aaron Moseley-Williams, one of Canada`s top male wheelchair basketball players is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada attending the Team Canada 2013 Selection Camp.  MWSA wishes Aaron all the best as he pursues his dream of being named on Team Canada`s national team.

01.02.13 Joey Johnson - Manitoba`s 100 Most Fascinating

The Winnipeg Free Press and Ace Burpee have chosen Joey Johnson as one of Manitoba`s most fascinating people.

`5: Joey Johnson: One of our most under-celebrated athletes of all-time. Joey plays wheelchair basketball. Very well. He is, thanks to another gold this past summer in London, a four-time Paralympics medal winner over . One silver, Three gold. Not bad.`

Way to go Joey!!!

For a complete list, go to

12.27.12 Mini-Paralympian Camp 2013

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association has confirmed a series of Mini-Paralympian Camps.  Dates:  February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4, 2013.  Youth For Christ Centre located at 33 King Street.  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm.  Geared towards children 12 years and under.  Details will be posted in January 2013 under our "Events" page.  Contact the office at 204-925-5790 for more information.



11.29.12 Congratulations Bill Funk!

MWSA would like to congratulate BILL FUNK for being named Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association’s 2012 VOLUNTEER of the YEAR! 

Bill dedicates many hours every year to the wheelchair rugby program in several capacities, such as, equipment manager, coach, speaker at outreach programs, promoter of wheelchair rugby.  Bill is an invaluable asset to wheelchair sports and wheelchair rugby and Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association is very proud of his accomplishments as a volunteer. 



11.22.12 2013 MWSA JAMBOREE

MWSA will be hosting its 2013 Multi-Sport Jamboree on Saturday January 19 at the Youth for Christ Center located at 333 King Street from 9:30AM to 4:00PM. The Day will include a variety of Demos, talks and activities hosted by Manitoba's Paralympians in Wheelchair Basketball, Rugby and Tennis. For more info please don't hesitate to contact the MWSA office by email: mwsa@sportmanitoba or call 204 925 5789. Registration deadline January 16, 2013. 

11.15.12 Available Grants

Challenged Athletes has grants available for disabled individuals.  For information, go to www.challengedathletes.orgMWSA is able to assist by offering a letter of support to the individual applying for the grant.

Winnipeg Goldeyes Foundation has grants available for equipment (wheelchair).  Application will be available November 19-December 14, 2012 at


Congratulations to the Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Team for taking 1st place at the URO Crash Test Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Saskatoon November 10-11, 2012!  Way to go!


11.12.12 Rick Hansen Grant

The Rick Hansen Foundation has a number of grants available including an Individual Grant.  For more information, visit:

 If you have any questions, feel free to contact the MWSA office.


11.07.12 Congratulations To Our Paralympians!

The City of Winnipeg recently honored our Paralympians that competed at the London 2012 Games. Congratulations to Wheelchair Basketball coach Bill Johnson (back row 4th from the right), Wheelchair Basketball gold medallist Joey Johnson (back row 2nd from the right), Wheelchair Rugby silver medallist Jared Funk and Parlympic track athlete Colin Mathieson (front row, left to right)

11.06.12 Wheelchair Rugby

GOOD LUCK to the Winnipeg Wheelchair Rugby Club this weekend in Saskatoon!  The 8 member team will be competing at the URO Medical Crash Test Wheelchair Rugby Tournament November 10 and 11, 2012 in Saskatoon.

10.23.12 Wheelchair Tennis

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport and Tennis Manitoba have joined together to host a Wheelchair Tennis development program. The drop in program will be held every Wednesday evening at Taylor Tennis located at 1500 Taylor Ave. The program starts October 17 and runs from 9pm - 1030pm. A certified coach and all equipment necessary will be provided at a fee of $10 per session. This program is aimed at participants with a beginner to intermediate skill level. For more information please don't hesitate to contact Ryan Van Berkel at  the MWSA office by email or by phone at 204 925 5789. If you would like to drop in, please RSVP with Rob Langan at Tennis Manitoba by email at

10.08.12 Time to renew your membership

It is that time of year again - membership renewal!

For only $5.00, you can participate in our wheelchair basketball and rugby drop-in programs, receive monthly e-newsletters, and much more.  Visit our Membership page to print the form and for details to submit payment. 

10.02.12 MWSA Welcomes New Staff


MWSA welcomes two new staff members. Angela Lloyd as our Interim Executive Director and Ryan Van Berkel as our Program Coordinator.


Angela has 10 years of experience as a volunteer on Triathlon Manitoba’s Board and has been President for the last 3 years.  She has chaired a number of committees including Program/Club Development, Marketing, and Policies & Procedures and understands the connections with Sport Manitoba.  Angela can be reached at (204) 925-5790 or


Ryan comes to MWSA with 3 years of experience as the Program Coordinator for Sail Manitoba.  He has also recently accepted a half time position as Executive Director of the Archery Manitoba. Ryan has a solid understanding of office management, administrative practices and event coordinating. Ryan can be reached at (204) 925-5790 or


Angela and Ryan hours in the office will be posted shortly as they will be working part-time.


Both of these individuals have an incredible passion for sport and their experience will be a huge asset to MWSA.  Please take a moment and welcome them to our community!


Terry Pratt



10.02.12 Meet Manitoba's Paralympians


Meet Manitoba's Paralympians

The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (CSCM) invites the public to meet Manitoba Paralympians Joey Johnson, Jared Funk, Rhea Schmidt, and Colin Mathieson at Polo Park Shopping Centre on Saturday, October 6.

The athletes will greet fans and sign autographs in the mall’s Centre Court from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Joey Johnson won a gold medal with Canada’s men’s wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England. Joey is a five-time Paralympian, previously winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics and 2004 Athens Paralympics, and silver at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Born in Winnipeg, he currently resides in Lorette, Manitoba.
Jared Funk was a silver medalist with Canada’s men’s wheelchair rugby team at the 2012 London Paralympics. Born in Niverville, Jared previously won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, and silver at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.

Rhea Schmidt placed 8th in the women’s 100m freestyle at the 2012 London Paralympics. The Winnipeg- born swimmer previously came in 5th place in 100m backstroke and 6th in 100m freestyle at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

Colin Mathieson came in 5th in the men’s 4x400 meter relay at the 2012 Paralympics Games. Born in Winnipeg, Colin has now represented Canada at four Paralympic Games, including a bronze medal win at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.

Established in 1997, CSCM is committed to supporting Manitoba’s high performance athletes and coaches. For more information, please visit

For more information, contact:
Randy Anderson General Manager Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (204) 474-7148

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08.29.12 London 2012 Paralympic Opening ceremonies today!

We are now just three hours away from Opening Ceremonies (3:30 EST)! You can catch the ceremonies live at or on RDS, or later tonight on TSN2 at 9pm EST.

Be sure to tune in and support your country!

08.27.12 MWSA's Joey Johnson goes for gold!

08.27.12 MWSA wishes good luck to three Manitobans in London.

Joey Johnson, Jared Funk, and Bill Johnson will be representing team Canada at the London Paralympics from August 29th to September 9th.

Joey will be making his 5th Paralympic appearance as a wheelchair basketball athlete, while Jared matches the 5th Paralympic feat as an athlete in wheelchair rugby.

London will be Bill's 3rd Paralympics, and first as head coach of the Women's Wheelchair Basketball team.

Best of luck to all of team Canada, and especially Manitoba's representatives!




(Winnipeg, MB) Members of the press looking for a unique sporting experience, and fun challenge are invited to join the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet (Elmwood Transcona), and other local dignitaries, to participate in a wheelchair basketball media game to be held at the University of Manitoba on July 24th at 1:45pm CDT.

In addition to the on court thrills, participants will gain a new appreciation for the elite skill and athleticism that will be on display at the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games (Aug. 29 to Sept. 9, 2012).  Using a specially designed wheelchair basketball chair, participants will be paired with members of the #3 ranked Canadian Women’s Team, and get the opportunity to try their hand at the most popular, and competitive sport enjoyed by athletes, with and without a disability, around the world.

Interested parties are asked to RSVP by July 20th, 2012.

Photo Op:

Canada’s top female wheelchair basketball athletes teaching the elite skill and athleticism that has enabled Canada to win 3 gold (1992, 1996, 2000) and 1 bronze (2004) medal at Paralympic Games.




Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba, Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet (Elmwood Transcona), and other local dignitaries.


Media invited to participate in a media demo game with Team Canada.



Tuesday July 24, 2012 from 1:45-2:30pm (CDT)

Athletes/coaches available for on court interviews from 2:30-3pm (CDT) – additional interviews can be scheduled.



University of Manitoba (West Court Gym in the Investors Group Athletic Centre – 75 Sidney Smith Street).

The media game presents Team Canada with a fun occasion to embrace the local community that they have called home during the crucial final stages of their Paralympic preparations, and give thanks to the various supporters that have backed them in their pursuit of Paralympic Gold. For the first time in program history, the #3 ranked Canadian Women’s Team is fully centralized at the University of Manitoba from June to August as they make final preparations for London 2012.

Team Canada will depart August 14th for a final tune-up tournament in the Netherlands August 16-19, before moving into the London Paralympic Village.

Paralympic competition starts for them August 31st against the Netherlands at 7:00pm BST.

For more information, visit


About Team Canada:

The Senior Women’s National Team is amongst the most successful and dominant teams in Canadian amateur sport history.  The team captured three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, and bronze in 2004. They have also reached the podium at six consecutive World Championships, winning gold in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, and bronze in 2010. The team currently sits third in the women’s world rankings.

About Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba

Established in 1997, CSCM is committed to supporting Canada and Manitoba’s high performance athletes and coaches. For more information, please visit, or contact the Centre at (204)474-7148.

About Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the Paralympic Games. Our senior national teams are held in high esteem around the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium with a combined five gold and one silver medal in the last five Paralympic Games.


For more information, or to schedule an interview contact:


Courtney Pollock, Coordinator

Communications & Media Relations

Wheelchair Basketball Canada

T: 613-260-1296 ext. 200

C: 613-291-6721

Jody Kingsbury,  Manager

Communications & Media Relations

Wheelchair Basketball Canada

T: 613-260-1296 ext. 204


05.31.12 Mini Paralympians Camp!

Mwsa will be hosting a week long camp from August 13-17, 2012.  Kids will have the chance to try out numerous paralympic sports including, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, rowing, sailing, and sitting volleyball.

Transportation between sport Manitoba and the sport venues will be provided to the campers and includes a t-shirt, pizza lunch on the last day, and all activities throughout the 5 day camp.  The cost of registration is $150.

for more information, or to register, please contact us at or by phone at 204-925-5790.

05.30.12 Welcome to the Office Jeff Watson!

We welcome to the office Jeff Watson with his new role over the summer in the MWSA office. He will be using the email address of so fire away any questions you have and he will do his best. Good luck to Jeff and enjoy the summer!

05.29.12 MWSA says goodbye to Program Coordinator Sally Kaznica

MWSA would like to wish Sally Kaznica, Program Coordinator all of the best as she leaves the association to pursue other endeavors. In Sally's short time with the association she has been an integral part of developing programs and ensuring growth and development. We would like to thank her for her hard work and wish her all of the best in the future. Sally's final day at MWSA will be May 31, 2012

Please be advised if you have questions regarding programing after May 31st you can direct them to 

05.24.12 'Have A Go' Schedule at the Health Science Center

Here are some up coming dates to keep in your diary for our 'Have A Go' sessions in the Joe Doupe gym at the Health Science Center...

May 30th, June 13th,, June 27th, Jully 11th, July 25th, August 8th and August 22nd.

Look forward to seeing you there!

05.24.12 MWSA's Joey Johnson hopes to capture third gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

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05.15.12 Adult Wheelchair Tennis Taster Session This Sunday

It looks like the nice weather is finally here and that means that the rugby and basketball seasons are over. You may be asking yourself "What do I do now?".  It just so happens that MWSA has forged a partnership with Norwood Community Center and an adult Wheelchair Tennis program will start by running a taster session this Sunday from 9.30 am till 11.00 am.  The program will be led by Sam Unrau, an athlete that has represented Manitoba in the most recent Western Canada Summer Games and he has a wealth of experience, so feel free to ask him any questions. Bring your chair, a racquet if you have one and look out for Sam to sign up and get swinging! See you Sunday.

05.09.12 Why get involved with MWSA

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05.03.12 Three Manitobans Heading to London's Paralympics

Joey Johnson, Jared Funk and Bill Johnson are in their preparation phases for the Paralympics this summer in London, England. Joey is heading into an incredible fifth Paralympics as an athlete for Wheelchair Basketball, Jared is also going for a remarkable fifth appearance as an athlete in Wheelchair Rugby and Bill is also participating in his third games and this time being the Head Coach for the Women's Wheelchair Basketball team.  We are quite lucky to have three world class performers coming from our humble province of Manitoba and we will keep you updated on the movements, hopes and expectations for the games that are only 118 days away! Good luck to the guys for their final preparations.

05.03.12 Check out "The Pitbull' from one of the Canadian Paralympic Promotional Videos

05.02.12 Team Canada Women's Wheelchair Basketball to Centralize in Winnipeg

Preparation for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London will see 14 of Canada's top female wheelchair Basketball players call Winnipeg home leading into the Paralympic Games Under the direction of head coach  Bill Johnson the athletes will mental and physically prepare for what they are hoping is a podium finish at the 2012 Paralympic games. 

Click here to view video

05.01.12 Wheelchair Basketball Coach Named 2012 Mb Lotteries Coach of The Year

MWSA is thrilled to announce that on April 30, 2012 Bill Johnson, MWSA wheelchair Basketball coach was the recipient of the 2012 Manitoba Lotteries Male Coach of the Year. This award comes just two weeks after Bill was recognized as the 2012 Peter Williamson Coach of the Year (high Performance) at the 2012 Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards. 

MWSA would like to not only congratulate Bill on this prestigious award but thank him for his years of service and dedication to the sport of Wheelchair Basketball at the community, provincial and national levels.

We would also like to wish Bill good luck as he leads the Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball team into the 2012 London Paralympic Games. 

To View Bills profile CLICK HERE

04.29.12 Team Manitoba Wheelchair Rugby claim Bronze in B Division

Congratulations to our Rugby team who have claimed the bronze medal in the B Division at the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Nationals in Montreal this weekend.  The team started out with a comfortable 48-21 win against New Brunswick, followed up with good game but a lose against Alberta. They took the Bronze medal this afternoon and that puts a successful end to there season.  The spring and summer will see the team pushing to find new recruits for next season and hone their skills ready to defend their title. Great job guys!

If you would like to watch their games online please follow the following link;

04.25.12 MWSA Wheelchair Basketball Coach nominated for Manitoba Lotteries Male Coach of the Year

MWSA is proud to announce that wheelchair basketball coach Bill Johnson has been nominated as a 2012 Manitoba Lotteries Male Coach of the Year. Bill who is one of three finalists for the award will attend the 2012 Annual Night of Champions on April 30, 2012. MWSA would like to congratulate Bill on his accomplishments as both a provincial and national coach and wish him all the best of luck with his nomination.

04.24.12 Notice of AGM

MWSA will be holding the Associations Annual General Meeting on Wednesday June 13, 2012 for more information click here

To view the agenda for the AGM click here

04.16.12 MWSA Wheelchair Basketball coach Bill Johnson Winner of the 2012 Peter Williamson Memorial Award

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association would like to congratulate long time volunteer, athlete, board member and coach Bill Johnson as he was honored on Sunday at the Coaching Manitoba Excellence Awards for his hard work and dedication in coaching at the high performance/International level of competition. Bill was the recipient of the 2012 Peter Williamson Memorial Award. This was Bills second nomination in this category and third nomination at the event. Click here for more info

04.11.12 Starting this Sunday the 15th of April...

Bringing some exciting news for all Rugby and Basketball players, coaches, families or if you just want to have some fun and exercise...  Starting this Sunday, the 15th of April, MWSA is hosting a recreational '3 on 3' league for Wheelchair Basketball from 11am-12.30pm at the Joe Doupe gym in the Brodie Centre at the Health Science facility.  Wheelchair Rugby will the take over from 12.30pm-2pm so drop in at your convenience and play some fun filled sports and learn about our amazing sports.  The recreation sessions run every Sunday ending on the 13th of May so don't miss out on this great opportunity.  For more information please contact

04.10.12 CMEA Finalists Announced

MWSA wheelchair basketball coach Bill Johnson, finalist for Sport Manitoba Coaching Excellence Awards for second straight year


03.28.12 Manitoba Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Joey Johnson leaving RSV Lahn-Dill after 9 seasons

Click Here to read the article 


Unfortunately the tournament has been cancelled.  Information will be available shortly.

01.31.12 Coming To Courts Near You...Wheelchair Tennis!

MWSA is currently partnering with Tennis Manitoba to set up and develop an opportunity for the community to play Wheelchair Tennis.  All you need to play wheelchair tennis is a friend, a racquet a few balls and head down to you local court, weather permitting of course! The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your able bodied friends or family as well as other wheelchair tennis players.  Under the rules of tennis wheelchair players are permitted two bounces and the able bodied players one bounce and  when simply practicing you can play to your own rules to suit the standard of the players.

There will be information to come soon as to where and when you can come play this great sport.

01.31.12 Next Have-A-Go Date

February 8th see's our next 'Have-A-Go' day from 2-4 pm at the Joe Doupe Center in the basement of the University of Manitoba's Bannatyne Campus downtown.  It is a safe place to come and try out our basketball and rugby chairs and see how easy it is to move around and be active.  There is usually and athlete or two to come and talk to and ask any questions you may have about sports in wheelchairs or even life in a chair.There is no pressure to do anything, but if you are at all curious come and join us and meet other people adjusting to life in a wheelchair. See you on the 8th!

01.30.12 'Have A Go' Coming To SHILO

Tuesday the 21st of February see's our first Bridging the Gap, Have A Go programme out at CF Shilo.  The programme runs from 1.30-4.30pm and participants will have the opportunity to play basketball, rugby and tennis.  Come and try out the chairs, play some games and spread the word about wheelchair sports.  Bring a yourself, bring a friend, bring your family and let's make it a great event. See you on the 21st!

01.26.12 First Jamboree of 2012 a Success!

Sunday the 22nd of January saw a great time had by all in attendance.  Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby were on offer for all to try out and experience first hand.  Thank you to everyone involved in making the day what it was and a special thank you to the staff at the Youth For Christ Center.  An amazing facility which we hope to utilise in the future.  More info and pictures to follow shortly.

01.18.12 Canada'a Senior Women's Wheelchair Basketball Heading to Winnipeg

Great news for Manitoba...the Canadian Senior Women's Basketball Team, coached by Winnipeg's own Bill Johnson, announced Tuesday it will centralize in Winnipeg this spring and released its preliminary roster of 14 players.

The women's team, will be cut to 12 for the London games, will be based in Winnipeg beginning on June 4th.

The 12 senior men's wheelchair basketball team's roster was also announced and it includes brother of Bill, Joey Johnson.The senior men's team is the defending Paralympic silver medalists and is looking for it's third gold medal and forth consecutive podium finish in London.

The senior women's team last medalled at the Paralympics in 2004 where it took home the bronze, a fourth concutive Paralympic podium finish which included an unprecedented three consecutive gold medal finishes in 1992,1996 and 2000.

We look forward to hosting the women's team and wish them a successful preparation for the 2012 games.

01.16.12 Joey Johnson heading for London 2012 Paralympics

MWSA would like to congratulate Joey Johnson on making the final selection to Wheelchair Basketball Canada's Senior Men's squad for the London 2012 Paralympics, making it an incredible fifth visit to the games.

Having already had a dominating domestic, international and Paralympic career with a gold medal from the Sydney games, a gold medal from the Athens games and a silver medal from the Beijing games, Joey is looking to make it a hat trick of gold medals in London to top off his career.

We wish Joey and the rest of his Team Canada teammates, the best of luck in their preparation for the games and the tournament itself, you have Manitoba behind you, good luck!

01.16.12 Save the Date Jan 22nd MWSA Jamboree

The 22nd of January see's the first Jamboree of 2012 to be held at the Youth for Christ Centre in Winnipeg, MB.  The event opens with registration at 930 am and runs throughout the day till 3 pm and you can come try out our three sports of wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.  Come and talk to some of our athletes and learn about them, the sport they love and be coached by some of the top players in the country.

There is a $10 dollar registration fee and participants with receive insurance coverage, lunch with drinks and also a t-shirt to remember the day.  Feel free to drop in whenever you get a chance and don't miss out on an action packed, fun filled day. See you on the 22nd!

12.06.11 Seasons Greetings from the new Program Coordinator!

Season`s greetings indeed on this chilly December morning! I`d like to take a moment to introduce myself to our membership and to let you know a little about me and my position.  

My name is Sally Kaznica and originally I am from Felixstowe, England.  I came to Winnipeg back in 1999 on a Sport and Academic scholarship at the University of Winnipeg and spent the following five years playing basketball for the Wesmen and getting my B.A. in Kinesiology and Psychology  When my career ended here I played professionally in Europe for the next five years and after retiring from the sport I moved back to Winnipeg, got married and finally became a permanent resident. 

My position at MWSA is to run, plan and organise the `Bridging the Gap` program along side the existing MWSA programs.  I am very passionate about sports and leading an active life and can`t wait to be involved in our community.  I have already met with some very inspirational people and look forward to connecting with as many of the membership that I can.

I would also like to thank MWSA for this great opportunity and if anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, I look forward to meeting you in person. 

Merry Christmas!

12.06.11 Team TOBA Rugby are heading to Edmonton this weekend

Our Team Toba Rugby guy`s are making their way over to Edmonton this weekend to play in the `Capital City Showdown`at Amiskwaciy Academy from the 9th to the 11th of December.  Their first game is on Friday at 6.30 pm against Team Saskatchewan followed by a tough schedule on Saturday starting at 11 am with back to back games against the host team Edmonton Steel Wheels and then Calgary Inferno.  Sunday`s action see`s the top four teams battling it out early with the first game at 9.30 am followed by the last game at 10.30 am.

Best of luck to the guys and we will have updates for you over the weekend and early next week. 



Our "Have a Go" days offer a variety of different sports for participants to sample in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Current wheelchair athletes demonstrate sports and share their stories of getting involved and being physically active.  The focus of the program is to introduce and support continued involvement of individuals with physical disabilities in wheelchair sports and recreational opportunities, promoting an active, healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life.

Our Program are an opportunity for people to try out different sports at a recreational level Each week, a sport is selected based on the participants in attendance.

Have-A-Go days are held at the Joe Dupe Centre 727 McDermot Ave.

Upcoming Have-A-Go days

  • October 19, 2011 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • November 2, 2011 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • November 16, 2011 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • November 30, 2011 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM


09.21.11 2011 Wheelchair Rugby Schedule

The 2011 Wheelchair Rugby practice schedule has been announced. All practices will be at the University of Winnipeg and will take place between 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM.

For more information please call 925-5790

05.20.11 MWSA Notice of AGM

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association will hold its Annual General Meeting on June 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM. the meeting will be held at the Sport For Life Centre 145 Pacific Avenue. Please RSVP your attendance to the meeting through email to

For nomination procedures and forms please CLICK HERE

02.14.11 Heartbreaker for Manitoba

The Manitoba squad fought for a medal today in Halifax against the team from Saskatchewan.  Facing off for the bronze medal at 5:00pm, the 2 teams came out in an even fight right to the end where Manitoba's neighbour squeeked through with a 2 point win, 58-56.  It has been a tough week for the team from the Keystone Province as their teammate and key player to the team, Kyle Bunskoek has been laying in a hospital in Halifax since Saturday.  

Regardless of the finish today, we are proud of each and every team member who has put in their blood, sweat and tears over the past four years to compete at the 2011 Canada Games.



Team Manitoba is in the 3rd quarter of a fight with Quebec in the 2nd semi final at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.  Finishing 2nd in Pool A, the tough crossover presented a big challenge to the team as they are continuing without one of their key athletes, Kyle Bunskoek.  Bunskoek was taken to a Halifax hospital's ICU prior to the wheelchair basketball event starting, but has since been moved out of ICU and continues to send well wishes to his team.

The winner of this second semi final will go on to to meet Ontario for gold who defeated Saskatchewan earlier in the day.  For more information about the games, please visit: CANADA GAMES RESULTS

For the latest news regarding Kyle Bunskoek, please visit:  for a video feed.



Manitoba finished their Round Robin against a tough Ontario team.  The bison squad wrapped up the preliminaries with a 1 and 2 record after being defeated 66-42 this afternoon.  The team will push on in the action tomorrow; it has been a tough trip with the best wishes for their teammate, Kyle Bunskoek spending the past 4 days in a Halifax hospital.  Our thoughts are with the team and Kyle and we will keep on cheering!!!


Halifax - Team Manitoba bounced back this afternoon with a commanding win over Nova Scotia 66-37.  At the time of this report, the box score had yet to be released; please check the CANADA GAMES RESULTS page for more information later today.

Manitoba suits up in their last round robin game of Pool A against a seasoned Ontario team.  A win could put our team in contention for a medal.  Go Manitoba go!!



Manitoba basketball player moved out of ICU

Canada Games athlete Kyle Bunskoek

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Canada Games athlete Kyle Bunskoek (SPORT MANITOBA)

HALIFAX - Team Manitoba says a wheelchair basketball player who became seriously ill at the Canada Winter Games has been moved out of intensive care at a Halifax hospital.

Kyle Bunskoek, 16, of Stonewall was rushed to hospital on Saturday. The nature of the injury hasn't been disclosed but the chief medical officer for the Games said Sunday it is not related to sports and is non-contagious.


Officials initially declined to identify the athlete and the sport he plays, but Team Manitoba said Monday night it now has the permission ofBunskoek's father. Wally Bunskoek said in a release that he is overwhelmed and grateful to the doctors and nurses at the Halifax Infirmary, the Halifax Canada Games Host Society and Team Manitoba for the care his son has received.

"He's been treated like family by people he doesn't know."

After a rescheduling of games to accommodate the needs of the Manitoba wheelchair basketball team, the team played two games in the absence of Bunskoek on Monday, losing 67-50 to P.E.I. before defeating Nova Scotia 66-37.

Bunskoek, who has been competing in wheelchair basketball for three years, is one of four players in the 4.5 class on Team Manitoba. That means he is essentially able-bodied in terms of pushing his wheelchair, catching and throwing.Bunskoek reportedly has a minimal case of cerebral palsy.

The greater the disability, the lower a player’s number. The range is from 0.5 to 4.5.

Each wheelchair basketball team is allowed five players on the court at a time. Combined, their class numbers can’t be more than 15. For example, if there are three 4.5 players on court, the two remaining players can’t total more than 1.5.


Tough 3rd Quarter for Manitoba in Opening Game

The Manitoba squad took to the court this morning in Halifax to meet Prince Edward Island in the their first game of the 2011 Canada Games.  Unfortunately, what appeared to be a tough transition in the 3rd quarter, the Bisons came up short overall having to accept a 67-50 defeat at the hands of PEI.  Aaron Moseley-Williams and Jeffrey Watson led the way for Manitoba with 27 and 16 points respectively.

Manitoba now has to dig in and come back fighting as they take on Nova Scotia at 3:00pm today.  

For full results, please visit:  RESULTS

02.07.11 MWSA Represented at 2011 Canada Games


As Halifax gets ready to showcase their city during the 2011 Canada Games that kick off on February 11th, the Manitoba Wheelchair Basketball team gets ready to showcase their talent and represent Manitoba at the games. 

With their coach Mandy Johnson at the helm, the team has been hard at work for the past year preparing to take on the country’s top talents in the sport.  Lead by veteran and national team hopeful Aaron Moseley-Williams, this Manitoba Wheelchair Basketball Squad brings enough talent to aim for a medal at the games.  Moseley-Williams is joined by teammates Josh Paul, Kyle Bunskoek, Chauntelle Horel, Evan Williams, Shawn Watson, Jeff Watson and late pick up, former University of Winnipeg Wesmen baller, Jess Stromberg.  To assist with coaching dutites, Terry Pratt has been added to the roster and Kim Park will manage the team for the 10 days in Halifax.

You can catch the action through the Wheelchair Basketball Canada feed as they have announced their webcast schedule beginning on Sunday, February 13th.  For a complete listing, please visit their website:

For further information about the 2011 Halifax Canada Games, please visit:

Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association would like to wish their team the best of luck for the games and will be cheering them on each and every minute.  Good Luck!

01.17.11 Winnipeg's Joey Johnson In the News...


Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

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Joey Johnson will suit up for Canada again at the Parapan American Games in Mexico. (ANDY WONG / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES)

-- Team Canada wheelchair basketball team veteran Joey Johnson of Lorette has once again been selected to represent Canada at the 2011 Parapan American Games Nov. 12-20, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Of the 12 selected, Johnson is among 10 who were members of the team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

The Parapan American Games double as Canada's opportunity to qualify for the 2012 London Paralympics, where the team will be shooting for a fourth consecutive podium finish.

"Our quest for another gold-medal finish begins anew," said Team Canada head coach Jerry Tonello in a release. The team was selected following completion of a recent week-long camp in Toronto.

Canada won back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004, and have reached the podium at five of the last six consecutive World Championships dating back to 1990.

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