Sport has always played a large role in Rick Hansen’s life. In 1975 he joined the Vancouver Cable Cars wheelchair basketball team and continued to pursue sport at the highest levels. Between 1979 and 1985, Rick won 19 wheelchair marathons, three world titles, and 15 medals, six at the Paralympic Games and nine at the Parapan Am Games. In March 1985, Rick embarked on the Man In Motion World Tour, an epic 26-month, 34 country, 40,000 km wheelchair trip around the world to make the world inclusive for people with disabilities and to find a cure for paralysis. Rick is the Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation and remains a passionate supporter of people with disabilities in Canada. 

Rick Hansen at the Toronto 2015 torch relay