It's the event in the wheelchair rugby calendar that Murderball fans wait for all year. The 2013 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Championships are coming to Mount Royal College in Calgary from May 17 - 19. Among the many athletes competing will be young rising star Zak Madell, of Okotoks, AB, who has been making waves in the sport since he was recruited three years ago. Zak was recently the focus of an in-depth article on Paralympic.org and will be key to Team Alberta's performance.
Other athletes of note at this year's nationals include:
- Trevor Hirschfield (Team BC): Trevor has just been named captain of the Canadian national team and will showcase his leadership with Team BC.
- Duncan Campbell (Team Manitoba): Duncan Campbell invented wheelchair rugby in 1976 in Manitoba. Over 30 years later, he's still hitting chairs and will return to the team he started with.
- Mustafa Hasan (Team BC - B): After he acquired a spinal-cord injury when a missile attack in Baghdad threw him from the second storey of his house, Mustafa came to Canada and fell in love with wheelchair rugby. This will be his first national championships.
- Garett Hickling (Ontario Thunder): Garett is considered one of the best wheelchair rugby players of all time. For the incredible impact he's had on the sport, he was named the flag bearer at the 2012 London Paralympic Games for Team Canada.
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