Funding through Support4Sport has changed my life as a coach. With this new funding, we'll be able to bring more medals home and have better-prepared athletes from international and national events.

Andrew Feenstra
Cycling Nova Scotia Coach

Jamey Jewells

Putting a new spin on basketball
Jamey Jewells

Jamey Jewells, an enthusiastic 21 year-old, originally from Cape Breton, has an attitude that is a true testament to the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Jamey’s life changed dramatically when she was in a serious car accident that put her in a wheelchairat the age of 14 . But her positive attitude has enabled her to keep doing what she loves most – basketball.
Since the age of seven, Jamey has been shooting hoops, but after her accident she was unsure if she’d ever dribble down the court again. That’s when Jamey’s rehab occupational therapist suggested she give wheelchair basketball a shot since wheelchair basketball is quite similar to stand-up basketball. Jamey instantly felt at home on the court. The height of the basket, the distance to the foul line, and three-point line are the same measurements as in the game of stand-up basketball. One difference is that in wheelchair basketball, there is a classification system that takes into account the nature of the players’ disability. It’s a point ranking system that ranges from 0.5 to 4.5. Lower ranking athletes are more limited in their functional skills and athletes assigned higher rankings have few, if any, limitations. The maximum number of points allowed per team for the five players on the court cannot exceed 14 points to ensure that the game is played fairly.
Jamey’s rekindled love for basketball didn’t come without challenges. Travel quickly became an issue, leading her to be selective about the tournaments she could attend based on what she could afford to pay out of her own pocket. She also found it difficult to train at home in Donkin, Cape Breton, where wheelchair basketball is rare. Gym time is also expensive so she wasn’t getting in the practice that she needed. Jamey needed a solution to her challenges in order to take her game to the next level, which she found through Support4Sport funding.
“My funding has been a tremendous help. I get to travel, meet new people and experience new things,” said Jamey. “I’m also able to have a strength and personal trainer as well as a physiotherapist.”
Jamey plays on two teams, the Nova Scotia Flyers and Nova Scotia’s Canada Games team. Between the two, she has had the opportunity to travel the world and represent Canada in places like Japan and the United States, while participating in monthly tournaments in the Maritime provinces. She’s proving that her wheelchair Is not an impediment to her mobility.
“It’s important to remember that you can still do things after an accident; when there’s a will there’s a way. You have to stay positive and work hard to improve and when you do, it’s a really satisfying feeling,” she says. “I love what I do. It’s super satisfying when I set goals and then exceed those limits. Playing now feels right. I’m back to where I was before the accident and I feel great.”


Donkin, NS
46° 11' 1.0824" N, 59° 52' 7.0392" W


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