Wheelchair Rugby


Mississauga, ON


Eric Furtado-Rodrigues became a quadriplegic following a snowboarding accident in 2009. While recovering at a rehabilitation centre in Ontario, he was introduced to wheelchair rugby through watching the Murderball documentary. The film caught his eye and on instinct, he decided to seek out the Ontario Para Network, in order to pursue the sport.

At first, wheelchair rugby was an opportunity for Furtado-Rodrigues to finally play a contact team sport again. However, as he became more and more engrossed in the sport, he began to have aspirations of one day representing Canada on the international stage. Not one to shy away from a challenge, he took it on and managed to become a member of the National Team Program in 2017. 

From there, he would go on to don the maple leaf and represent Canada at several major competitions in 2018, including the Canada Cup and the World Championships. In 2019, he was a member of Team Canada at the Parapan American Games that won silver. He then helped Canada to a berth in the Tokyo Paralympics at its Games qualifier in 2020.


2018 World Championships … 2019 Parapan Am Games


Studied physical education at Castelo Branco University in Portugal… Toronto Blue Jays fan… Enjoys photography…


2019 Parapan American Games 2nd

2018 World Championships 6th   

Year Type
Host City
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 silver medals

1 silver medals