Quick facts

Birthdate

September 10, 1972

Birthplace

Vancouver, BC

Residence

Vancouver, BC

Sport

Wheelchair Basketball

Para Badminton

Experience

Beijing 2008

Lima 2019

London 2012

Richard Peter competed at five Paralympic Games with Canada’s wheelchair basketball team from 1996 to 2012. He won three gold medals in 2000, 2004, and 2012 and a silver medal in 2008.

In 2017, he started playing Para badminton and has quickly developed to being one of Canada’s top player. He credits his fast improvement to his wheelchair basketball experience.

Peter began playing wheelchair basketball at age 15 after a team came to his school and introduced him to wheelchair sports. He has been using a wheelchair since being injured in a bus accident at four years old.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Five-time Paralympian with Canada’s wheelchair basketball team (1996-2012)… Won the 2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his outstanding athletic accomplishments…. Inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2008…  Received Tom Longboat National Award for Aboriginal Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.

PERSONAL

A member of the Cowichan Tribes of British Columbia and was the only First Nations athlete on Canada’s Paralympic Team in Beijing in 2008… ‘’Chiefs and Champions” is a 2007 documentary about Peter’s career and successes as a wheelchair basketball athlete… Works with First Nations sports programs in Cowichan Valley communities… Married to former women’s national wheelchair basketball team member Marnie Abbott-Peter.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2018 Pan Am Championships – Singles – 3rd
  • 2018 Pan Am Championships – Doubles – 3rd

In Wheelchair Basketball

  • 2012 Paralympic Games – Gold
  • 2008 Paralympic Games – Silver
  • 2004 Paralympic Games – Gold
  • 2000 Paralympic Games – Gold
  • 1996 Paralympic Games – Fifth

Paralympic Medals

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