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Nik Goncin

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Wheelchair basketball

Hometown

Regina, SK

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.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 silver medals

1 silver medals

2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Parapan am Games
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Toronto, Canada
1 silver medals

1 silver medals

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2019 Parapan American Games... 2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan American Games

 

PERSONAL

He lost his left leg to cancer at the age of 15 ... In 2019, he was honorary president of Hoopfest,  Wheelchair Basketball Canada's flagship fundraiser ... He completed his MSc in Exercise Physiology and is currently studying prosthetics and orthotics at George Brown College.

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2019 Parapan American Games 2nd

2018 World Championships 12th

2016 Paralympic Games 11th

2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver

2013 Men’s U23 World Championship – 6th

2009 Men’s U23 World Championship – 8th