Ian Chan

Ian Chan became a quadriplegic after a motorcycle crash in 1992. At the age of 15, he was encouraged to try wheelchair rugby at the insistence of Duncan Campbell, the recreational therapist at G.F. Strong and the inventor of the sport. Chan instantly fell in love with wheelchair rugby and made the team in 1998, winning a bronze at the World Championships. Since then, he’s been a fixture of Team Canada.

Chan is the focus of the documentary Can’t Stop/Won’t Stop, an OMNI Television documentary focusing on Team Canada’s work ethic on their journey to the 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games. He also appeared in the documentary “Murderball.”


Chan’s highlight is winning gold at the 2002 World Championships, which was caught on tape for the movie “Murderball.”


Chan is supported by his family and his teammates. Recently, he has started coaching BC athletes and hopes to expand his role in this area in the future.


2014 World Championships 2nd

2012 Paralympic Games 2nd

2008 Paralympic Games 3rd

2006 World Championships 3rd

2004 Paralympic Games 2nd

2002 World Championships 1st


2012 London ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedbronze


Games Sport Event Result
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