The sport of wheelchair basketball emerged out of the Second World War and the sport is played in accordance with the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) rules.
Throughout the years wheelchair basketball has become a model for integration, by including "able-bodied" individuals in the sport. Only Canada and Germany are currently inclusive and athletes at the international level must have a minimal disability in order to be eligible to participate.
A well-organized team sport
New Brunswick currently has several teams across the province presently participating in the Maritime Wheelchair Basketball league in two different levels of play. The Maritime league currently has 8 teams registered and 5 of which are from New Brunswick.
Youth under the age of 24 are eligible for the junior New Brunswick Canada Games team.
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Two athletes have achieved great success on the international stage in the last decade on both the men's and women's side.
Dave Durepos is originally from Charters Settlement and participated in 5 Paralympic Games with the National men's wheelchair basketball team. He is the first New Brunswick athlete (Olympic or Paralympic) to bring home a gold medal and is the most decorated athlete with 3 Paralympic gold medals (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, et London in 2012) and a silver medal in Beijing in 2008. Dave retired from the national team in December of 2013 and is now giving back at different levels.
Sabrina (Pettinicchi) Durepos is originally from Québec and participated in 4 Paralympic games with the national women's wheelchair basketball team. She is a double gold medalist (Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000) and has a bronze medal from Athens in 2004. Furthermore, Sabrina won 3 consecutive World Championship gold medals (Sydney 1998, Japan 2002 and Amsterdam 2006). She continues her involvement in the sport as a coach, administrator, and advocate for parasport.