Having just discovered the sport in 2012, Yukon native Aidan Love’ rise within wheelchair basketball has been quick. He first got involved in the sport during his rehab through the [Bridging the Gap] program. The program allowed him to try a new sport every week and it was wheelchair basketball that stuck.
When he returned to Victoria, B.C. for school, he began playing with a local (division two) team and by the end of the season, he was playing in division one games. In July 2013, Love hit a milestone when was named to the U23 Men’s National Team, having played wheelchair basketball for under a year.
“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to represent my country at an international event. It is an opportunity that not many Canadians get the chance to do,” says Love.
Love appreciates the team dynamics of wheelchair basketball and competing with a group of people who mutually enjoy playing the sport. He says he likes to open up lanes for his teammates, but is not afraid to be aggressive and score for himself either.
Love’s success can be attributed to his daily training routine and willingness to learn from others. He says he has played with a lot of great players so far. “I am not afraid to ask questions on how I can improve my game.”
To learn more about Aidan, follow him on Twitter: @AidanLove7
- Loves the outdoors and spends most of his summer weekends camping
- Enjoys fishing
- Love didn’t play much basketball before his injury – his main sports were volleyball and hockey
Awards / Highlights
- Represented Team Yukon for volleyball in the 2009 Canada Summer Games
|International||Team Canada (Jr. Men)||Canada||2013|
|Club (domestic)||Victoria Chargers||British Columbia||2012|
2018: 2nd place in Tier 1 with the BC Royals at the 2018 CWBL National Championship in Martensville, Sask. & named Tier 1 All-Star…
2014: 3rd place at CWBL National Championship with the BC Royals in Burlington, Ont. (domestic)… 4th place at Junior National Championship with Team British Columbia & named All-Star in Edmonton, Alta. (domestic)…
2013: 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)… 6th place at Junior West Regional Championship with BC Blazers in Prince George, BC (domestic)… Named Rookie of the Year by the Victoria Chargers…