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Patrick Anderson has been called the best wheelchair basketball player in the world and is considered one of the greatest to have ever played the game. Anderson was born in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up in Fergus, Ontario. Like many Canadian kids, he enjoyed playing ice hockey and other sports. At the age of nine, he lost his legs in a car accident. A year later, he discovered wheelchair basketball, and his natural athletic ability and tenacity quickly transferred over to the basketball court. He is a 3-time Paralympic gold medalist (2000, 2004, 2012), Paralympic silver medalist (2008), and World Champion (2006). Anderson earned a wheelchair basketball scholarship to the University of Illinois and has won numerous national championships and individual accolades in both Canada and the United States. He has also competed professionally overseas in Germany and Australia where he was named MVP of the Australian National Wheelchair Basketball League.
Currently, Anderson is revving up for another podium run at the Tokyo Games in 2021. Outside of basketball, he is a motivational speaker and makes music with his wife Anna as The Lay Awakes. They live in Brooklyn, NY with their three children.