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HICKEY Liam
Sport Para ice hockey, Wheelchair Basketball
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthSt. John's, CAN
Height1.80 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
St. John's, NF, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 10 through the Easter Seals Para ice hockey programme in Canada.
Why this sport?
"I fell in love with it right away. It was a feeling of freedom I've never experienced before."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Canada
Location
Charlottetown, PEI, CAN
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing, playing baseball, riding dirt bikes, golf. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
His parents. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Injuries
He was sidelined for about six weeks after partially dislocating his shoulder at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No leg, no problem." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in St. John's, NL, Canada. (thetelegram.com, 07 Feb 2017)

He was presented with the 2015 Junior Athlete of the Year award by Wheelchair Basketball Canada. (wheelchairbasketball.ca, 26 May 2015)

He was named the 2014 Male Youth Athlete of the Year in Mount Pearl, NL, Canada. (wheelchairbasketball.ca, 26 May 2015)
Other sports
He represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Impairment
He was born without a femur bone in his right leg, and at age four he underwent rotationplasty surgery. The procedure involved his leg being rotated 180 degrees so that the heel on his foot could act as a knee and allow him to wear a prosthesis. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016; cbc.ca, 28 Sep 2015)
Other information
JUGGLING TWO SPORTS
He is a member of the Canada national team in both wheelchair basketball and Para ice hockey. "Some of it has been really overwhelming, when it comes to always being in competition mode, and not really having any down time to relax your mind and body. I'm learning a lot through the process. I can see it getting too difficult to play both sports, with the amount of commitment it takes even in the off-season. I'm definitely going to see how far I can take it, though. Who knows, maybe I can play both for the rest of my career. But it's going to be tough." (nationalpost.com, 06 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Basketball
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016 Team  
Paralympic Games - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 Team  
World Championship - Para ice hockey
Rank Year Event Result
1 2017 Team