Garett Hickling
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Garett Hickling

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Garett Hickling is one of wheelchair rugby’s greatest players. He was MVP at the first three World Championships in the sport and has competed in 5 Paralympics, since...

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  • Birth DateSeptember 18, 1970
  • HometownMica Creek, BC
  • Classification3.5
  • Member Since1993
  • Retired2017
Garett Hickling

Biography

Garett Hickling is one of wheelchair rugby’s greatest players. He was MVP at the first three World Championships in the sport and has competed in 5 Paralympics, since 1996. Garett was an influential leader on the Canadian national team for 20 years, having a very successful career. Feared by the opposition for his toughness, hard hitting and scoring ability, Hickling’s many talents were instrumental in Canada becoming one of the world’s top countries in the sport. Hickling was originally recruited into the sport in 1993 by Duncan Campbell, one of the sport’s creators and key builders.

Garett, also known as ‘G’, now resides in Ontario where he had relocated to train with David Willsie during their careers. While there, he developed a love of coaching and was instrumental in starting a new team in Toronto.

The wheelchair rugby legend continues to help develop the next generation of players, he has been a role model for many, including Paralympians Mike Whitehead, Travis Murao, and Cody Caldwell. Garett is very much still involved in the sport today as a coach and recruiter, sharing his knowledge and experience.

Career Highlights

  • 2018 Induction into International Wheelchair Rugby Hall of Fame
  • 2018 Induction into Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame
  • 2017 Induction into Canadian Wheelchair Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Induction into British Colombia Sport Hall of Fame
  • 2014 World Championships Silver Medal
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games Silver Medal & Opening Ceremonies Flag Bearer
  • Queens Diamond Jubilee Award Recipient
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Bronze Medal
  • 2006 World Championships Bronze Medal
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games Silver Medal
  • 2002 World Championships Gold Medal & MVP
  • 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games 4th
  • 1998 World Championships Bronze Medal & MVP
  • 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games Silver Medal
  • 1995 World Championships Silver Medal & MVP
  • 1993-2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 National Champions (Team BC)

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2022 WWR World Championship Placement Match