BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS) provides various programs including women and girls only programs, from beginners to high performance athletes. Wheelchair basketball is a fully inclusive and integrated sport that individuals with physical disabilities and those who are able-bodied can enjoy together.
Although we have many active female members, the number is significantly lower than their male counterparts (less than 30% of all BCWBS members). Therefore, we established a goal last season to increase the number of female members including athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers to support more females to get active and stay active through our sport. We had some successes but still have a long way to go.
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The WOW! Program is our Women’s Only Wheelchair Basketball program. We run monthly drop-in sessions at the Richmond Olympic Oval with a focus on strength & conditioning, skills, scrimmages and team building for women. It is open for ages 15 years and older. We also offer special weekend events, throughout the year in regions like Victoria & throughout the lower Mainland, as additional playing, scrimmage and skills development events.
Don't miss our Women's Only Have-A-Go event April 9th as part of the Women's National Championship Festival weekend.
GO Time! Girls Only Programs (Girls Only Para Sport Program)
The BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS) in partnership with the BC Wheelchair Sports Association (BCWSA) created GO Time! (girls or anyone who identifies as female) in 2016. This program encourages girls 14-18 years old to discover their power, to try a variety of para sports and to create positive change in their lives. The program introduces participants to wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair athletics as well as other para & rec opportunities. All the necessary equipment and expert coaching are provided for each sport, with emphasis on developing sport skills and increasing their knowledge of each sport. Participants come togetherf rom around the province for a weekend specifically designed for teenage girls with disabilities to try a variety of adaptive sports, foster independence and build self-confidence. We engage female coaches, leaders and mentors with disabilities from Paralympians to Bakers to lead sessions as well as to connect with the participants on a personal level.
GO Time makes a difference in the lives of young women with disabilities through:
INCLUSION-- We reach girls and young women with physical disabilities all over BC. Many participants come from marginalised communities, and are unaware of their options in sport, education or career choices. We aim to link girls with physical disabilities from across the province while introducing them to para sports and life skills, thus creating lasting connections and friendships throughout our community.
INNOVATION-- We offer relevant and important content that concern girls and young women with physical disabilities and encourage them to be healthy and active despite challenges they face. We nurture the understanding and breaking down of all barriers, especially in the area of disability, safe sport and access.
INDEPENDENCE-- We support the development of independence and leadership by providing access to resources, to a network of mentors and coaches, as well as trying and developing new skills.