The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association extends our condolences on the passing of former wheelchair rugby national team member Brian McPhate (New Westminster, BC). Brian passed away last Wednesday at the age of 50 and leaves a long legacy of excellence in both wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
Brian was a member of the Canadian wheelchair rugby national team right when the sport was earning its Paralympic stripes. He represented Canada at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics when wheelchair rugby made its debut as a demonstration sport and contributed to the team’s silver medal performance.
“Brian was an incredible person and a very talented athlete,” said Executive Director Cathy Cadieux. “He will be missed by the wheelchair rugby community.”
After leaving wheelchair rugby, Brian had another distinguished career as a wheelchair tennis player. In 2003, he represented Canada in the World Team Cup in New Zealand and contributed to the team's 5th place finish. He then competed in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games in tennis and was a semi-finalist in quad doubles. In 2005, he was ranked 8th in quad singles and 4th in quad doubles.
To celebrate his life and legacy to sport, CWSA has put together a photo album of Brian. Click here to view the album. If you would like to contribute photos or memories of Brian, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to the album.