(Vancouver, BC) – Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association is thrilled to announce that Garett Hickling (originally from Mica Creek, BC) and Duncan Campbell (Vancouver, BC) will be inducted in the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
“Garett and Duncan have shaped wheelchair rugby worldwide,” said CWSA Executive Director Cathy Cadieux. “We have a thriving wheelchair rugby system in Canada because of the contributions of these two men.”
Garett Hickling began playing wheelchair rugby in 1993 after a fall off a cliff left him a quadriplegic. He quickly established a reputation as one of the best wheelchair rugby players in the world. Garett has participated in every single World Championships and Paralympic Games in wheelchair rugby’s history, winning four Paralympic medals (three silvers and a bronze) and five World Championship medals (one gold, two silvers and two bronzes). He was named MVP in the first three Wheelchair Rugby World Championships, including in 2002 when he led Canada to a gold medal over the USA. At the 2012 Paralympic Games, Garett was the Opening Ceremony torch bearer.
Wheelchair rugby would literally not exist without Duncan Campbell. He invented the sport in 1976 in a gym in Winnipeg with several friends, and has been a passionate advocate and builder ever since. In his former role as a Recreation Therapist at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Center, he recruited and mentored an entire generation of B.C. wheelchair athletes, including Paralympians like Ian Chan and Trevor Hirschfield. Today, he is active within the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and works as the National Development Director and Bridging the Gap Program National Coordinator for the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association, where he continues to develop wheelchair rugby. This year, Duncan received the International Paralympic Order, which is the highest honour in the para-sport movement.
The induction ceremony will take place in May.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:
Communications & Marketing Manager
Wheelchair Rugby Canada