Regina’s Nik Goncin helped Canada qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games in men’s wheelchair basketball.
Canada punched its ticket to Tokyo by defeating Colombia 62-42 in the semi-final at the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Goncin had 14 points for Canada in the semi-final. He added 12 points in the gold-medal game, won by the United States.
His wheelchair basketball journey began in 2008, when he discovered the sport through a clinic at his high school.
He made his debut with Team Canada at the 2009 world junior championship. In 2013, Goncin cracked both the senior and junior national team rosters.
The Regina native was on an athletic scholarship at the University of Illinois, where he competed for the men’s collegiate wheelchair basketball team.
Goncin was born in Sarajevo. His family left the war-ravaged country formerly known as Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1994 before Goncin’s third birthday.