Penguins are ready to start their 8th year in September 2013. A competitive and house league wheelchair basketball program, competitive and development swim team and a Paralympic boccia team are being offered in the fall program. Please check the calendar (rightside) for program dates and events.
2013 Applications for new and returning athletes and volunteers are now available in the Register and How You Can Help upper tab. We encourage new athletes to contact us and come out to try at any time ! Volunteer and Athlete 2013-14 Newsletters are also available to download.
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On Feb 8, 2014 , the Penguins played at the Cruiser’s Tournament in Brantford.
Coach Jim Davis talked volunteer Jonathan Vaantaja into playing at this Tournament. This made the Penguins very competitive.
They won 2 of 4 games:
1) Penguins 16 vs Toronados 6
2) Penguins 18 vs Vipers 26
3) Penguins 31 vs Cruisers 22
4) Penguins 30 vs Twin City Spinners 34
Jonathan scored 50% of the points, more importantly though, he took on the top players from the other teams. Thereby giving Lindsay the opportunity to score 6 points; Loretta to score 18 points and Gloria to score 24 points.
The Team was delighted with their performance and happy to have won 2 games for the 1st time at any Tournament .
Are they ready for March 15????
Neither the Festive Season , illness nor other personal commitments prevent the Penguins from fielding a team and participating at a Tournament.
On Jan 4th , the Penguins played at the Twin City Spinners Tournament in Guelph.
We had 5 athletes who put forth a valient effort. The first game was against the Twin City Spinners. The final score was 22-5, but had it not been for the HOT hand of one of the Spinners ( he scored 12 points) the game outcome might have been different.
The second game was against Variety Village . They saw how good the Penguins were and recruited 3 players from other teams. Final score was 16-8, but their 3 recruits scored 12 of the 16 points.
Yes, the penguins did VERY well. Both the Spinners and VV coaches commented after the game about how well the Penguins played and how krisp their passes were.
Particular mention needs to be given to Gloria who not only played fantastically, but made one basket that brought the whole crowd to their feet. Also Paige , in her first Tournamnet, scored 4 points.
The Team looks forward to the next Tournament on Feb 8th.
Congratulations to Loretta Davis who won the Para-Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast on June 6th, 2013. Loretta’s committment to the team on and off the court and her involvement in the promotion of disabled sport within Niagara, made her win a celebration for all who know her.
Congratulations to the Spinners from Kitchener-Waterloo who won the finals against Burlington Vipers.
Thank you to all our community supporters, and all those who supported the event – without you the tournament could not have been possible! Looking forward to the 2014 Tournament on March 15!
On Nov 28 2012 at the main Gym of the Niagara Children’s Centre 567 Glenridge Ave. St Catharines, 4 athletes tried there hand at Boccia.
The Pilot session was a success and all 4 athletes registered for Boccia on Jan 2013. Six athletes registered for the program in the fall of 2013.
Athletes with a highly involved physical disability are invited to try this sport . Come join us. Sessions are every Wednesday at 3:30 .
This is a partnership between the club and Niagara Children’s Centre and Brock University.
Call Karen 905 688 1890 ext 127 for information or to attend
For the 4th year, Penguins hosted an all day tournament on March 23 for the D-League wheelchair basketball teams from Brampton,Burlington & Kitchener .
The winners this year were the Twin City Spinners who defeated the Burlington Vipers .
The Penguins gave it their best shoot. But came up short in all of their 5 games. We were proud of their effort.
The tournament was enjoyed by one and all . Particularly though, by Gail Henry whose ticket # 317 won the raffle for the 2 Maple Leaf tickets of her choice for the 2013/2014 season. She chose Toronto-Mnt Jan 18 2014
Then there was the Silent Auction which was sponsored by Motion Specialties.
It was a booming SUCCESS. The Penguin Fundraiser surpased its Goal and thus the Penguins are able to buy two more wheelchairs and have sufficient funds to pay for transportation costs when attending next seasons tournaments.
Thanks to all of the Penguin supporters. You make the Penguins PROUD!
The second season for the Wheelchair Basketball House League started on Sept 21 2013.
There are four teams this season:
Beastie Boys captained by Jonathan
Flaming Reese captained by Loretta
Ruthless Revengers captained by Gloria
The Underdogs captained by Lindsay
Points awarded for win- 3; for Tie- 1.5; for loss- 1; for default-0
TEAM W L T D Total for against
Beastie Boys 5 8 23.0 153 196
Flaming Reese 4 9 21.0 142 198
Ruthless Revenegers 10 3 33.0 224 138
The Underdogs 7 6 27.0 160 147
Gloria: 112 points
Jonathan: 65 points
Wilson: 64 points
Loretta: 60 points
Jessie: 52 points
Paige : 42 points
Lindsay: 36 points
Maria : 22 ponts
Natasha: 20 points
Jim : 8 points
Rachel & Endrit: 6 points
Julian: 2 points
Anistasia : 0 points