Mike Whitehead

Mike Whitehead

Before his spinal cord injury, Mike Whitehead was an avid multi-sport athlete who enjoyed basketball, volleyball, hockey, soccer and badminton. He was introduced to wheelchair rugby when his future teammates, including David Willsie, came to visit him at the Parkwood Rehabilitation Hospital in London, Ontario.

Whitehead quickly became hooked on the contact and the level of competition and made the team just one year after his initial injury. Today, he works for VESCO Metalcraft measuring athletes for rugby wheelchairs.


Whitehead’s career highlight is winning medals at three consecutive Paralympic Games. He hopes to add a fourth to that list in Rio!


Whitehead lives in Hollis, NH with his wife Kerri and his children Avary and Addison. The family recently adopted a dog.


2015 Parapan American Games 1st

2014 World Championships 2nd

2012 London Paralympic Games 2nd

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games 3rd

2006 World Championships 3rd

2004 Athens Paralympic Games 2nd

2002 World Championships 1st

2000 Paralympic Games 4th

1998 World Championships 3rd


2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedgold
2012 London ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedsilver
2008 Beijing ParalympicsWheelchair RugbyWheelchair Rugby - Mixedbronze


Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 4
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 2
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 2
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Rugby - Mixed 1