Ask "Quadfather" Duncan Campbell Anything!
Ever wonder how wheelchair rugby really started, or what the game was like way back when? To help promote this year's Canada Cup, Duncan Campbell, co-inventor of wheelchair rugby will be doing an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on Reddit on June 10th at 9 am PST (12 noon EST).
Reddit is a social networking site where people post links of things that interest them and members can 'upvote' or 'downvote' them based on how interesting they are. An AMA stands for "Ask Me Anything" and it's a chance for members of the public to ask questions about people who've lived interesting lives.
Got a question you want to ask Duncan anonymously? Here's how you can get involved:
Go to www.reddit.com
Look at the box on the upper righthand corner that looks like this:
If you don't have a Reddit account, click 'register' and follow the directions to make an account
Now go to the AMA section of Reddit by clicking here
On June 10th at 9 am PST, you'll see a post about Duncan (we'll also be linking to it on Facebook and on our website). Click there and leave a comment to ask Duncan anything.
BIOGRAPHY - DUNCAN CAMPBELL
Duncan Campbell is acknowledged throughout the world as the groundbreaking creator of the sport that is today called Wheelchair Rugby. In 1977 he, and a small group of friends, developed the basic rules, regulations and chair design that form the basis of this high impact, hugely popular Paralympic team sport.
The sport was designed for quadriplegics, who were facing barriers to competing in wheelchair basketball at the elite level. Created by this innovative group in Winnipeg, the sport has been a catalyst for encouraging an active, healthy and competitive lifestyle for quads around the world. Duncan is a former member of the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby Team and still active in the sport as a player, recruiter, motivator, teacher and tactician for rugby in BC.
In 2004, at the request of the players, the Canadian National Championship trophy was redesigned and renamed the Campbell Cup. He is a recipient of the Robert W. Jackson Award, the BCWSA Volunteer Achievement Award, the CPA Achievement Award, the BCWSA Millennium Award in the Builder Category, a Sport Achievement Award from the province of Alberta and has international recognition from the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation. in 2005, Duncan was inducted in to the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s “Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame” in the Builder’s category.
Most recently, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) awarded Duncan with the Paralympic Order – the highest tribute a person connected with the Paralympic Movement can achieve. This took place on 23 November, 2013 at the Paralympic Awards Gala in Athens, Greece.
Duncan earned a BA in Psychology from the U. of Manitoba and a BA in Rec. Administration from the U. of Alberta. He has worked as a Recreation Therapist at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver since 1991, where he has introduced countless numbers of Canadians to wheelchair sports and given them the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed in life and in sport
In 2006 Duncan took a sabbatical from GF Strong and developed a Long Term Athlete Development Plan for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby in Canada. This plan will lead the growth and development of the sport in Canada for years to come.
Duncan left GF Strong three years ago to take on the job of expanding the Bridging the Gap, getting physically active program across Canada. He has been working with this program at GF Strong since it’s inception 9 years ago and strongly believes in the value of sport and fitness in the lives of people with disabilities which this program encourages and develops.
Duncan is currently the National Coordinator of Bridging the Gap – Getting Physically Active, the Provincial Coordinator of the Changing Minds/Changing Lives program, the National Director of Development for Wheelchair Rugby in Canada, and is a Board member and Chairman of the Development Committee for the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation. He also continues to play wheelchair rugby, ride his handcycle, and play tennis or racquetball when he can.