Quick facts

Birthdate

October 4, 1984

Hometown

Ottawa

Residence

Embrun, On

Sport

Wheelchair Rugby

Classification

1.0

Experience

Lima 2019

London 2012

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Toronto 2015

Paris 2024

Patrice “Pico” Dagenais is the co-captain of Team Canada along with Trevor Hirschfield. He is known as a hard-working, intelligent player. He comes from a strong hockey background. Before he acquired a spinal cord injury in a construction accident, he played Jr. C hockey for St-Isidore and won three consecutive gold medals with his high school hockey team, the Embrun Cyclones.

His ability to excel within wheelchair rugby has enabled him to realize his dreams of competing at the highest level. In 2012, he was invited to join the national wheelchair rugby team and represent Canada at the Paralympic Games, where he won a silver medal. Dagenais would later go on to capture gold at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and compete at two more Paralympic Games in 2016 and 2021.

In 2019 and 2020, Dagenais’ experience shined through again as Canada took silver at the Parapan Ams and earned a spot for Tokyo at the Paralympic Games qualifier in Richmond, B.C. At the Tokyo Games Canada was fifth.

It was similar scenario in qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics. At the 2023 Parapan Ams, he helped Canada to silver then Canada earned its ticket at a last chance qualifier in early 2024.

He is also a four-time world championships team member highlighted by a silver medal in 2014.

Off the court, Dagenais is very active in giving back to the community. He often visits public schools and rehabilitation centres, in order to speak about his life experiences, in an effort to motivate people to be active, as well as to act as an advocate for athletes with a disability.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2012, 2016, 2020 Paralympic Games… 2015, 2019, 2023 Parapan American Games… 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022 World Championships

PERSONAL

Dagenais enjoys hockey, music, handcycling, kayaking and public speaking. Injured in 2003, age 18, when he fell through an exposed stairway hole while working a construction job… Started wheelchair rugby in 2005, competed at first nationals in 2006

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 Parapan American Games 2nd

2022 World Championships 5th

2022 Americas Championships 2nd

2021 Paralympic Games 5th

2019 Parapan American Games 2nd

2018 World Championships 6th

2016 Paralympic Games 4th

2015 Parapan American Games 1st

2014 World Championships 2nd

2012 Paralympic Games 2nd

2010 World Championships 5th

Paralympic Medals

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