Nik Goncin’s wheelchair basketball journey began in 2008, when he discovered the sport through a clinic at his high school. The coach of the clinic invited Goncin out to a local practice, and he has been hooked ever since.
It wasn’t long before Goncin was representing Saskatchewan on the basketball court and picking up accolades for his dynamic offensive play.
Goncin is a student of the game. He appreciates the intellectual component of wheelchair basketball and feels the level of strategy involved truly sets the sport apart. “It is a big, fast-paced chess game,” he says.
He made his debut with Team Canada at the 2009 world junior championship. In 2013, Goncin cracked both the senior and junior national team rosters. In 2015, he helped Canada to silver and a qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto.
The Regina native is currently on an athletic scholarship at the University of Illinois, where he competes for the men’s collegiate wheelchair basketball team.
2015 - 2nd place Parapan American Games in Toronto (Team Canada)... 2014 - 1st place at Junior National Championship with Team Saskatchewan & named MVP in Edmonton, Alta. (domestic)... 2014 - Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Athlete of the Year... 2013 - 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship & named MVP in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)… 2009 - 8th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Paris, France (Team Canada)…
A former stand-up basketball player, Goncin also enjoys playing tennis, soccer and snowboarding
Notable International Results
- 2015 - 2nd- Parapan American Games
- 2013 – 6th – Men’s U23 World Championship
- 2009 – 8th – Men’s U23 World Championship
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2015 Toronto Parapan Ams
Wheelchair Basketball - Men