Bruno Yizek

Bruno, whose home club is the Ogden Legion Curling Club in Calgary, has been wheelchair curling for over five years and was one of the first players to sign up when the sport was first introduced in Calgary.  Prior to a benign spinal tumour of the T7 and T8 vertebrate which occurred 18 years ago, Bruno had been an active curler for approximately 20 years, so when the opportunity to once again play the game he loves arose, he seized the opportunity and has not looked back. 

Bruno has this to say about his love of the sport: “I’ve always had a passion for curling and I still do.  I believe in fair, honest and competitive play. But most of all, I believe in having fun.  I am honoured to be playing on Team Canada and for my country. I will do my best to help our team bring home the gold.”

Bruno was part of the National team that won the gold medal on home soil during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games.
Twice e a Canadian silver medalist (2009 and 2007), Bruno’s foursome, which he has Skipped and played Third, has been the Alberta provincial champion team for the past four years.  He has also curled in international bonspiels including events in: Utica, New York; Kinross, Scotland; Ottawa, Ontario; and Richmond, British Columbia.

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources for Bruno. “I get inspired by others in wheelchairs who have the same kind of positive attitude I do. Rick Hansen is one person who has brought more awareness regarding spinal cord injuries to the world. He raised millions of dollars for research, and has an amazing positive attitude and is a great public speaker.”

When not at the curling rink, Bruno is a Project Manager for the Hendrix Foodservice Equipment Company. Originally a draftsman, Bruno is now estimating, job coordination & project management and really enjoys his work. He states, “My life objective has always been to work hard, to provide for my family and to have integrity. Also, to balance hard work with sports and family activities.”  He has been married to his wife Debbie for 37 years and has two sons, two daughter-in-laws and five grandchildren.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2010 Vancouver ParalympicsWheelchair CurlingWheelchair Curling - Mixedgold

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Wheelchair Curling Wheelchair Curling - Mixed 1