Quick facts

Birthdate

August 22, 1979

Birthplace

Fergus, ON

Residence

Fergus, ON

Sport

Wheelchair Basketball

Classification

4.5

Experience

Beijing 2008

Lima 2019

London 2012

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

About Patrick

Patrick Anderson is largely considered to be one of the greatest to have ever played the game. His talents on and off the court have garnered him international fame as a great role model and fabulous ambassador of the sport. 

In 1989, at the age of nine, he was struck by a drunk driver and lost both of his legs below the knee. He discovered wheelchair basketball in 1990 and his natural athletic ability, hard work, and tenacity quickly transferred over to the basketball court.

He’s competed at five Paralympic Games with gold medals in 2000, 2004 and 2012 and silver in 2008. He also helped Canada to the world title in 2006.

He took a hiatus from the National Team following the London 2012 Paralympics, but much to the delight of his teammates, coaches, and wheelchair basketball fans, Anderson donned his Team Canada jersey once again in 2017 with an eye on the Tokyo Games. 

At the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima he was among the tournament leaders in most offensive categories and tied for first in scoring with 110 points. Canada won the silver and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where it placed sixth.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2019 Parapan American Games… 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2020 Paralympic Games… Named Best Male Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Canadian Paralympic Committee Sport Awards… Named Ontario Athlete of the Year with a Disability in 2013… Named finalist for prestigious Laureus Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award (2012) 

PERSONAL

Formed a music band with wife Anna called The Lay Awakes… They are parents of three young children… Named an honorary mayor of the Olympic & Paralympic Villages at the 2010 Winter Games… Inspired by Roger Federer and Tom Brady for their longevity in sport… 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2023 World Championships 6th
  • 2021 Paralympic Games 8th 
  • 2019 Parapan American Games 2nd 
  • 2018 World Championships 12th 
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games 1st 
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games 2nd 
  • 2006 World Championships 1st 
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games 1st 
  • 2002 World Championships 3rd 
  • 2000 Paralympic Games 1st 
  • 1998 World Championships 3rd 
     

Paralympic Medals

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