Zak Madell

Zak Madell


In 2015, Zak Madell led Canada to gold and a berth at the 2016 Paralympic Games at the Toronto Parapan Am Games and was named the flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.When Madell was 10, he lost his fingers and legs to a septic staph infection. After his recovery, he first got involved in sledge hockey, but he was unable to hold the stick well enough to play at a high level. Next, he was introduced to wheelchair basketball, which appealed to his competitive nature and his love of speed. Finally, Madell was recruited to wheelchair rugby in 2011 and has experienced a meteoric rise in the sport ever since. Despite having played for just over a year, he earned a spot on the team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The coaching staff originally intended to give Madell only limited playing time, but he consistently performed above expectations and handled the pressure of the Paralympics with a smile on his face. His performance was the wild card that lifted Canada to victory in its semi-final upset of the number one-ranked American team.

In just four short years, “The Kid” has established himself as one of the best wheelchair rugby players in the world. In 2014, he cemented this reputation by being named MVP of both the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Odense, Denmark and the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. As one of the most high-functioning players on the team, Madell plays an all-around game. His speed, passing, catching and hitting abilities are all crucial for Team Canada.

After graduating from Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks, Alta., Madell moved to Toronto to train and attend Centennial College. Though wheelchair rugby is his main focus, he still cross-trains in wheelchair basketball. In February 2015, he competed in wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Canada Winter Games, where he was the Opening Ceremony flagbearer for Team Alberta and won bronze. 


Gold at 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto… Named flag bearer for Closing Ceremony...Being named Best 3.5 and MVP at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships…Winning silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games... Gold at 2015 Parapan American Games...


In his free time, Madell is also a wheelchair basketball athlete. He was the flag bearer from Alberta at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. He often volunteers with The War Amps.


  • 2015 Parapan American Games - gold
  • 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships - silver
  • 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament - silver
  • 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament – silver
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games - silver
  • 2011 Americas Zone Qualification Tournament - silver


2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedgold
2012 London ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver


Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 1
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 2