Nick Heffernan is the youngest member on the Canadian 7-a-side football team for the Parapan American Games in Toronto. He made his national team debut at the 2014 America Cup and in 2015 he is on the roster for the year’s two biggest events: the CP World Championships in England and the Parapan American Games in Toronto.
Heffernan was discovered by national assistant coach Doug Lusk of St.Thomas, Ont., when he was 14. The grade 12 student has cerebral palsy which affects his right side. He has improved greatly and turned into a tough defender for Team Canada.
The coaching staff has been impressed with Heffernan’s work ethic and his ability. They were eager to bring him overseas to get some valuable international experience.
Heffernan says he also wants to show that people with a disability can enjoy success if they work hard and stick to their dreams. Heffernan said he knew he wanted to be on the 7-a-side national team when he saw a team picture at age 10.
2015 Parapan American Games and CP World Championships…2014 America Cup
Started playing soccer in the Byron Optimists program at age five…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2015 World Championships 10th
2014 America Cup
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams
Football - 7-a-Side
7-a-Side - Men