Quick facts

Birthdate

May 14, 1994

Hometown

Toronto, ON

Residence

Toronto, ON

Sport

Wheelchair Basketball

Classification

3.5

Experience

Lima 2019

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

Blaise Mutware made his national team and major Games debut at the 2019 Parapan Am Games where Canada won silver and qualified for the 2020 Paralympic Games.

In his Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Canada was eighth and at his first world championships in 2023, the team improved to sixth.

He also competed 2023 at the Parapan Am Games where Canada won silver and started 2024 helping Canada book its ticket for the Paris Games by winning its final game at a qualifying tournament.

Mutware started playing stand-up basketball before a serious injury led him to wheelchair basketball. Mutware was born in Rwanda and moved around to South Africa and Zimbabwe before settling in Toronto at age 13.

In Toronto, Mutware took up stand-up basketball and also developed a passion for cooking. He was enrolled in culinary school at age 20 when he found himself confronted by two robbers and was shot in the leg. Most of the damage took place in the spine, according to him.

Doctors originally told Mutware he wouldn’t be able to walk again. Not long after, he discovered wheelchair basketball.

Mutware first started playing with the Variety Village Rebels, a local club in 2015. In the same year, Mutware was invited to train with the National Academy Program at Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s National Training Centre.

Mutware was named to the Senior Men’s National Team in 2019.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2020 Paralympic Games… 2023 World Championships…2019, 2023 Parapan American Games…Named to the 2023-24 NWBA Men’s Intercollegiate Division All-America First Team…

PERSONAL

Business student and member of wheelchair basketball team at University of Arizona…

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2023 Parapan American Games 3rd
  • 2023 World Championships 6th
  • 2021 Paralympic Games 8th
  • 2019 Parapan American Games 2nd