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Zak Madell

Meet Zak

Zak Madell is one of the biggest names in wheelchair rugby. A key player for Canada’s Paralympic wheelchair rugby side, he has competed in the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal at the 2012 Games in London. Zak is hoping to lead the Canadian team to a medal finish at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, which will be his fourth Paralympics.

At the age of 10, Zak lost his fingers and legs to a septic staph infection. Once he recovered, he explored multiple Paralympic sports including Para ice hockey and wheelchair basketball but was immediately hooked on wheelchair rugby. His rise was meteoric as he made his debut at the age of 16 with the Canadian national team and earned a spot at the 2012 Paralympic Games after just one year in the sport, ultimately winning the silver medal. He has also won gold and two silvers at the Parapan American Games, and silver at the world championships.

Nicknamed “The Kid”, Zak is known for his infectious outgoing and positive attitude, and his colourful sense of style.

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Spencer Harvey
Manager, Global Public Relations
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Peter Saltsman
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Canadian Olympic Committee
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Nicole Watts
Senior Manager, Communications & PR
Canadian Paralympic Committee
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