Quick facts

Birthdate

November 4, 1994

Birthplace

Windsor, Ont.

Residence

Windsor, Ont.

Sport

Wheelchair Rugby

Experience

Santiago 2023

Matt Debly’s first interaction with wheelchair rugby was at the 2015 Canada Games where he competed in wheelchair basketball. Displaying his overall athleticism and an aggressive style of play, he was invited to participate in a wheelchair rugby prospects camp. At the camp, Debly was immediately hooked by the sport’s fast pace and physical contact.

In 2017, Debly earned a spot on the national team’s developmental roster and in 2018 he was on Team Canada’s 2018 Canada Cup roster. In 2022, he competed at his first world championships helping Canada to a fifth-place finish.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2022 World Championships… At the 2022 Défi Sportif he received the Rising Star Most Improved Player award… 2018 he was named Parasport Athlete of the Year at the WESPY (Windsor, Ont., athlete awards)  Awards…

PERSONAL

Diagnosed with transverse myelitis (TM) at 16 months… 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 World Championships 5th 
2022 Americas Championships 2nd
2017 Americas Championships 2nd