Liam Hickey grew up as a regular in his community’s stand up basketball program from as early as kindergarten. It wasn’t until he was 10 that he first got introduced to wheelchair basketball through the local Easter Seals program. From that point on, he was hooked by the game’s high speed and high contact.
Newfoundland does not have a wheelchair basketball league, so Hickey plays a couple times a week with the Easter Seals program and relies on pickup games to hone his skills at home.
To gain experience playing competitive ball, Hickey says fellow junior national team players Joel and Jeremy Watts invited him to play for the PEI Mustangs in the Maritime Wheelchair Basketball League (MWBL), which has allowed Hickey to compete against and learn from players on the senior national team, including Adam Lancia and Dave Durepos.
Playing in the MWBL means a lot of travelling and fundraising for Hickey and his family, but he says access to good competition is important to the development of his game.
The travelling paid off for Hickey, who was named to the 2013 U23 national team, after helping Team PEI win a silver medal at the Junior East Regional Championship in April 2013. In 2015, Hickey earned a roster spot on the Senior Men's National Team.
2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2015 - 2nd place at Americas Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 2015 - Named Junior Athlete of the Year by Wheelchair Basketball Canada… 2015 - 4th place at Canada Games with Team Prince Edward Island in Prince George, B.C. (domestic)… 2013 - 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)…
Outside of basketball, Hickey enjoys riding his dirt bike, fishing, playing baseball, playing sledge hockey and most recently, golf. His role models are his parents.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver
2013 Men U23’s World Championship – 6th
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2015 Toronto Parapan Ams
Wheelchair Basketball - Men