Patrick Anderson (basketball)

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Patrick Anderson
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Wheelchair basketball
Paralympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney Men's team
Gold 2004 Athens Men's team
Silver 2008 Beijing Men's team
Gold 2012 London Men's team

Patrick Anderson (born 22 August 1979) is a Canadian wheelchair basketball player.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and he grew up in Fergus, Ontario.[1] At the age of nine he was hit by a drunk driver, and as a result lost both his legs below the knee.[2] Because of this he is classified as a 4.5 point player for competition.[3]

Basketball[edit]

Anderson is widely considered to be one of the best wheelchair basketball players in the world.[1][2][4] He began playing the sport in 1990 and was first chosen for the Canadian national team in 1997.[1]

He led the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team to victories in the World Championships in 1997 and 2001, and was named MVP at both competitions. At senior level he was a member of the team that won a bronze medal at the 1998 World Championships and was chosen as a member of the all-star team for the event.[1]

In 2000 he represented Canada at the Paralympics for the first time at the Sydney Games. The Canadian team won the gold medal in the men's tournament. He won his second Paralympic gold medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece, where the Canadian team defeated Australia in the final.[1][5]

At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China, Anderson was a member of the Canadian team who won the silver medal after losing to the team from Australia in the final.[6] After the 2008 Games he retired from basketball and moved to New York to attend university in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional musician.[1][2][7]

Having come out of retirement in 2011, Anderson was selected to compete for Canada at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, United Kingdom. Canada advanced through the group stages of the tournament, beat Spain in the quarterfinals and defeated hosts Great Britain in the semifinals to reach the gold medal match against Australia.[7][8] In the final Anderson scored 34 points, had 10 rebounds and 8 assists as Canada won the gold medal with a 64–58 victory.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Team Canada – Patrick Anderson". Wheelchair Basketball Canada. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Bennett, Seth (6 September 2012). "Patrick Anderson – wheelchair basketball's changing man". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Patrick Anderson". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Kingston, Gary (3 September 2012). "Canadian wheelchair basketball star Patrick Anderson an icon of the sport". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Men". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Wheelchair Basketball Men". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Davies, Gareth A. (7 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Great Britain's dreams of gold ended at the semi-final stage as Patrick Anderson shines". The Telegraph. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Men's Wheelchair Basketball". The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Wald, Tom (9 September 2012). "Aust lose wheelchair basketball final". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Kingston, Gary (8 September 2012). "Anderson plays glorious last tune as Canada reclaims gold in men's wheelchair basketball against Australia". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 September 2012.