WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL – TARGETING TOKYO 2020
2018 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Male Athlete of the Year
2017 IWBF America's Cup – Silver Medal, MVP
Patrick Anderson is largely considered to be the best wheelchair basketball player in the world and one of the greatest to have ever played the game.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta he grew up in Fergus, Ontario and, like many Canadian kids, he enjoyed playing ice hockey and other sports.
In 1989, at the age of 9, he was struck by a drunk driver and lost both of his legs below the knee.
He discovered wheelchair basketball in 1990 and realized quickly that his natural athletic ability, soft touch, and tenacity transferred over to the court.
With Paralympic aspirations fuelling his ambition, Anderson worked his way up to the Junior National Team in 1997 and wasted little time making a name for himself on the international stage.
With exceptional skill, an unmistakable style, and a dangerous combination of height and speed, he led the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team to back-to-back World Championships in 1997 and 2001 and was named the MVP of both tournaments.
In 1998, Canada won bronze at the World Championship and Patrick soon fulfilled his dream of playing in the Paralympics winning back-to-back gold medals in 2000 and 2004.
Following a silver medal performance at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Patrick took a brief hiatus from wheelchair basketball to pursue other interests, including his love for music alongside his wife Anna with their band The Lay Awakes.
Invigorated after the break, Patrick returned to Team Canada in 2011 ready to push his game, his team and his sport to a new level. He once again led the nation to Paralympic gold at London 2012, where he led the tournament in scoring.
After sitting out Rio 2016 to focus on family and music, Patrick rejoined the team leading into the 2017 America's Cup where Canada placed second, and Anderson was named tournament MVP.
Now, as a three-time Paralympic gold medalist, he's set his sights on Tokyo 2020 with a young core of teammates looking for veteran leadership, scoring touch and a belief that Canada can return to the top of the podium.