It makes us proud whenever our Bridging the Gap participants carry on with wheelchair sports, whether it’s at a recreational or an elite level. This month, we have a lot to celebrate. Two former BTG participants were named to the U23 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National team, one was named as an alternate, and another alumni set a Canadian Record in discus.
Aidan Love (Victoria, BC): Originally from Whitehorse, Aidan Love acquired a spinal cord injury during a skiing accident in 2012 and discovered wheelchair basketball through the Bridging the Gap program as an in-patient at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre. After moving to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria, he began training with the local team and quickly attracted the attention of provincial and national team coaches. Despite playing for less than a year, Aidan was just named to the U23 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team!
Jack Kosterman (Langley, BC): At only 14 years old, Jack Kosterman is now the youngest member of the U23 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team. After developing avascular necrosis, which causes joint damage, Kosterman got involved in wheelchair basketball through a Have a Go Day. Now, this sharp-shooter is one of Team Canada’s fastest-rising stars.
Justin Johnson (Langley, BC): Former elite mountain biker Justin Johnson acquired a spinal cord injury in 2011 and was introduced to wheelchair basketball as an in-patient at G.F. Strong. His natural athleticism has allowed him to experience success in a short amount of time. He is an alternate to the U23 Men’s Wheelchair basketball National Team.
Jessye Brockway (Mill Bay, BC): Jessye Brockway set a new Canadian record in the women’s F58 discus throw at the Boiling Point Track Classic in Windsor, Ontario. Brockway was introduced to the sport at a Bridging the Gap Developmental Clinic last year and her career has certainly taken off. In addition to her Canadian Record in discus, she’s also ranked #1 in Canada in Women’s F58 shot put and won a gold in the event at the 2013 Canadian Track and Field National Championships.
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