David Willsie

David Willsie

David Willsie became a quadriplegic after he was injured in a recreational hockey game in 1995. His experience as a semi-pro baseball player and cross-country runner gave him an advantage in wheelchair rugby, and he made the national team in 1998.

Off the court, Willsie has become a public face for the sport. He was featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Murderball" and has appeared on such programs as the Rick Mercer Report. He is also a mentor to up-and-coming athletes and the player-coach of the reigning national champions, the Ontario Thunder.

Despite his heavy training schedule, Willsie works as an estimator for Lind Lumber, which he runs with his brothers.


In his 19-year career on the national team, Willsie has won four World Championship medals, three Paralympic Games medals and countless national championship titles. In 2002, he led the team to gold at the 2002 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. That victory was caught on tape for the documentary “Murderball.” Domestically, he has received numerous All Star awards and was the MVP at the 2000 , 2002 and 2011 Canadian National Championships. He is the player-coach of the Ontario Thunder, which have won the past four national championships.


Willsie is from a close-knit family with a strong hockey background. His cousin Brian Willsie played in the NHL for several years and his father was an international hockey referee. Recently, he bought the family business, Lind Lumber, which he runs with his two brothers.


2015 Parapan American Games 1st

2014 World Championships 2nd

2012 London Paralympic Games 2nd

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games 3rd

2006 World Championships 3rd

2004 Athens Paralympic Games 2nd

2002 World Championships 1st

2000 Paralympic Games 4th

1998 World Championships 3rd


2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedgold
2012 London ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedbronze


Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 4
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 2
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 2
2000 Sydney Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 4
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 1