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Douglas “Doug” J. Grant was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba in 1962 and raised in Winnipeg. As a young man, he was very athletic, participating in both hockey and lacrosse. In 1981, Doug was injured in a car accident and became a quadriplegic. True to his competitive spirit, he quickly became involved with the Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association (MWSA) by playing wheelchair rugby during his rehabilitation.