(Ottawa, ON) -- The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA) congratulates Zak Madell on being selected as the Alberta flag bearer for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, which will take place in Prince George, BC this February. Though he’s best known for winning MVP at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, 20-year-old Madell will be trading hits for hoops when he competes in wheelchair basketball.
“I was kind of blindsided by the whole thing,” said Madell. “Being selected as flagbearer is truly an honour considering how many phenomenal athletes will be there representing our province.”
After losing his fingers and legs to a staph infection, Madell first played wheelchair basketball before being recruited to play wheelchair rugby. Since taking up wheelchair rugby four years ago, he’s had meteoric success. This year, he was named MVP at both the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament and the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, establishing himself as one of the best wheelchair rugby players in the world. The 2015 Canada Winter Games, however, will give him another opportunity to experience the excitement and pressure of a multi-sport event before the 2015 Toronto ParaPan Am Games.
“Zak is a great ambassador for our sport,” said CWSA CEO Cathy Cadieux. “We’re so proud of what he’s achieved in both wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.”
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