Garett Hickling Named London 2012 Paralympic Flagbearer

(Ottawa, ON) - The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association congratulates wheelchair rugby athlete Garett Hickling on being named the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London 2012 Paralympic Games.

"I have known Garett for nearly two decades and have seen the incredible impact he's had on wheelchair rugby in Canada," said Executive Director Cathy Cadieux. "There is no one more deserving of this honour than Garett."

Kelowna-born Garett Hickling was named to the Canadian wheelchair rugby national team in 1993 and immediately made an impact as one of the sport's most dominant players. He was selected as an MVP at the first three Wheelchair Rugby World Championships and has attended every Paralympic Games that wheelchair rugby has been included in, winning a silver and bronze medal. The London Paralympics will be his fifth Games.

"Garett is the team's quiet leader," said Coach Kevin Orr. "He's always willing to pass his knowledge on to his teammates and sets an example with his incredible work ethic. Here's a guy in his 40s training as hard as the 20-year-olds on the team."

Garett also gives back to the wheelchair rugby community. When he moved to Ontario last year to train with teammate David Willsie, he developed a love of coaching and was instrumental in starting a new team in Toronto.

For more information on Garett Hickling or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Andy Van Neutegem
Wheelchair Rugby Team Leader
UK number: +44 075 316 29031


Arley McNeney
Wheelchair Rugby Communications Coordinator
Cell: 778-788-9091