Canada have named their squad for the World Championships ©Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Canada have included 15 Paralympians in their male and female squads for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships in German city Hamburg later this month.

The North American nation won the women's event at the 2014 edition in Toronto but did not appear at the corresponding men's event, held in Incheon in South Korea.

The men's team, who won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will be co-captained by Bo Hedges and David Eng this time around.

They will be joined by Patrick Anderson, Vincent Dallaire, Nikola Goncin, Colin Higgins, Chad Jassman, Lee Melymick, Tyler Miller, Ben Moronchuk, Garrett Ostepchuk and Jonathan Vermette.

The women's team consists of Sandrine Bérubé, Kady Dandeneau, Erica Gavel, Melanie Hawtin, Maude Jacques, Puisand Lai, Rosalie Lalonde, Tara Llanes, Cindy Ouellet, Tamara Steeves, Élodie Tessier and Arinn Young.

Canada pictured competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the men's competition ©IWBF
Canada pictured competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the men's competition ©IWBF

"We congratulate all of the athletes for their hard work and dedication in earning a spot on Team Canada for the 2018 IWBF World Championships," said Wheelchair Basketball Canada high performance director, Jeff Dunbrack. 

"We have two very competitive teams, backed by a strong leadership group and an incredible support staff, and we all look forward to an intense competition in Hamburg. 

"We have made great strides in our development as a programme as we hit the midway point in our quad and continue to build towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond."

The 2018 World Championships are due to take place from August 16 to 26.

Canada have been drawn in Group A alongside Morocco, Iran and Germany in the men's competition. 

They will join Spain, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil and Australia in Group A of the women's tournament.

“What an exciting day for all the dedicated athletes who have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2018 IWBF World Championships,” added Canadian Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan. 

“This is an opportunity like no other. 

"These athletes will not only have a shot at claiming the World Championship title, but they will also inspire many young Canadian athletes watching from home. 

"I wish our Team Canada athletes the best of luck as they compete in Hamburg, Germany, next month."