Quick facts

Birthdate

November 12, 2002

Birthplace

Toronto

Residence

Toronto

Sport

Wheelchair Rugby

Experience

Santiago 2023

Rio Kanda Kovac is the youngest member of the national wheelchair rugby team in 2023 at age 21. Kanda Kovac was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder that causes motor and sensory neuropathy. As a child, they always dreamt to compete in the Paralympics and when they were 14, they purchased their first wheelchair rugby chair.

In September of 2018, Kanda Kovac was invited by assistant coach Dave Willsie to train with Team Canada in Misawa, Japan. They have not looked back, and since has moved to Toronto and been with the team the past three years.

Off the court, Kanda Kovac helped with the rebranded World Wheelchair Rugby (WWR) with their debut trailer in 2021 called Here to Win.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2022 Americas Championships…

PERSONAL

Sophomore at the University of Arizona studying Business Marketing…. Ambassador at Cheelcare, a mobility company specializing in wheelchairs https://cheelcare.com/ … Speaks Japanese…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Americas Championships 2nd