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Sports archive for December 20, 2013

Love earns tryout with Team Canada

Whitehorse native Aidan Love is one of 18 athletes who received an invite to a selection camp for the Canadian men’s national wheelchair basketball team.

By Whitehorse Star on December 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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HOPEFUL – Aidan Love has been invited to try out for the national men’s wheelchair hoops team. Photo courtesy WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL CANADA

Whitehorse native Aidan Love is one of 18 athletes who received an invite to a selection camp for the Canadian men’s national wheelchair basketball team.

The 21-year-old first donned the red and white jersey for the world junior championship in Turkey in September, where Team Canada finished sixth.

The senior men’s selection camp will take place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from Jan. 13 to 16.

The camp will feature nine returning players on the men’s side, with a total of 12 slated to make the squad.

“I was kind of surprised for sure,” Love said. “There’s a lot of tough competition in my class right now, but I’m looking forward to the experience in itself, just being able to play against the other members of the team.”

Love, who found himself in a wheelchair following a ski accident in Whistler two years ago, was introduced to wheelchair basketball while attending the University of Victoria.

Following the U-23 championships in Turkey, Love began training at the new Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy in Toronto.

The full-time training regiment has done wonders for his skills, and Love said it has given him the confidence to take his game to the next level.

“I’m excited to go for sure,” Love said. “This is the next step, to push for this. So I’m definitely going to have to stay in shape over the holidays.”

The senior men’s team went undefeated at the London 2012 Paralympics en route to capturing their third gold medal in four Paralympic Games.

It was the latest accomplishment in a sport dynasty that has placed the team on the podium at four consecutive Paralympics and at five of the last six world championships.

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Bear Johal

Dec 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

I’ve known Aidan for a few years and the guy’s a downright legend both on and off the court. Keep up the good work bro, you’re killing it!

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