Bo Hedges

Place of Birth: Fort St. John, B.C.
Resides: Wonowon, B.C.
Birthday: 05-01-1980
Height: 6’1”
Occupation: Athlete
Club(s): Douglas College
Classification: 2.5

Biography

Robert “Bo” Hedges credits mental preparation and training as the keys to his success in wheelchair basketball. Combine that tireless work ethic with his prolific shooting touch, and it’s no wonder that Hedges has proven to be a force on the basketball court at every level of competition.

Hedges first discovered wheelchair basketball at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, B.C. He later witnessed a demonstration game in his native Fort St. John, prompting him to form a local club team of his own. He began playing wheelchair basketball competitively in 1996 and has since become a key component of the Canadian national team program, as well as a powerhouse British Columbia provincial team.

Hedges got his first taste of international competition with stints for Team Canada at the world junior championships in 1997 and 2001, at which the Canucks won back-to-back gold medals. He secured a roster spot on the Senior Men’s National Team in 2007 and captured a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in 2008. Four years later, he won Paralympic gold at London 2012.

Hedges commitment to the sport extends beyond the court. He is an active volunteer, coach and role model in his home province and he is always eager to give back to the sport and his community.

To learn more about Bo, follow him on Twitter: @therealbohedges

Interesting Facts

  • He attended the University of Northern British Columbia, where he completed his B.A in Business Marketing
  • Hedges’ family has a cattle ranch in northern British Columbia, near Wonowon

Awards / Highlights

  • Received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013)
  • Received 2012 Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association Stan Stronge Award
  • Named to the 2011, 2012 National Championships tournament all-star team
  • Named 2011 BC Wheelchair Basketball Society Male Athlete of the Year & received MJ’s True Sport Award
  • Named 2010 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Male Athlete of the Year
  • Named 2009 BC Wheelchair Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
  • 2008 Burnaby/Prince George Male Athlete of the Year recipient
  • 2008 Leadership Award recipient at CWBL Finals with Douglas Dingos
  • Received 2008 BC Premiere’s Athletic Award which honours athletes who, through their commitment to hard work and excellence, have left their mark on the province

Major International Competition

Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Other
Paralympic Games: 3 1 (’12) 1 (’08) 11th (’16)
World Championships: 1 7th (’10)
World Junior Championships: 2 2 (’97, ’01)

Statistics

Paralympic Games

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2016 6 141 23:29 21/47 45 0/0 1/1 100 2 9 11 16 9 1 0 13 4 43 7.2
2012 8 198 24:47 38/84 45 0/0 9/11 82 2 11 13 23 6 3 0 12 16 85 10.6
2008 8 55 6:57 0/6 0 0/0 1/2 50 2 1 3 1 5 3 0 5 3 1 0.1
TOTAL 22 394 17:57 59/137 43 0/0 11/14 78 6 21 27 40 20 7 0 30 23 129 5.9

World Championships

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3 Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2010 8 118 14:50 11/23 48 0/2 0 4/12 33 6 8 14 6 7 2 0 12 8 26 3.3
TOTAL 8 118 14:50 11/23 48 0/2 0 4/12 33 6 8 14 6 7 2 0 12 8 26 3.3


Legend
: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes; M/G = Minutes per Game; M/A = Made / Attempted; OR = Offensive Rebounds; DR = Defensive Rebounds; TOT = Total; AS = Assists; TO = Turn Overs; ST = Steals; BS = Blocked Shots;PF = Personal Foul; FO = Foul On; PTS = Points; P/G = Points per Game

Competitive Experience

Level Team Location Year(s)
International Canada (SMNT) Canada 2007-Present
International Canada (JMNT) Canada 1997; 2001
Club (domestic) National Academy Canada 2014-2016
Club (domestic) University of Alabama United States 2012-2014
Club (domestic) Douglas College British Columbia
Club (domestic) British Columbia Cable Cars British Columbia
Club (domestic) Prince George Titans British Columbia

Career Notes

2017: 2nd place at Americas Cup in Cali Colombia (Team Canada)… 2nd place at CWBL National Championship with the BC Royals & named most valuable player in Montreal, Que. (domestic)…

2016: 11th place at Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 4th Place at Continental Clash in Leicester, Great Britain (Team Canada)… 4th place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2nd place at CWBL National Championship Tier 1 with the Scarbarian Tigers & named All-Star in Kamloops B.C. (domestic)…

2015: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Americas Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 4th place at Lakeshore Cup in Birmingham, USA (Team Canada)… 4th place at CWBL National Championship with the National Academy and named All-Star in Scarborough, Ont. (domestic)…

2014: 5th place at the Easter Tournament in Blankenberge, Belgium (Team Canada)… 3rd place at National Intercollegiate Championship (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama & named First Team All American & Academic All American in Arlington, Texas, USA (domestic)…

2013: 6th place at Americas Cup in Bogota, Colombia (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Kitakyushu Champions Cup in Kitakyushu, Japan (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Easter Tournament in Blankenberge, Belgium (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championship (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA (domestic)…

2012: 1st place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Team Canada)… 2nd place at National Championships with Team British Columbia & named All-Star in Richmond, BC (domestic)… 1st place at Continental Clash tournament in Worcester, England (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Papendal Tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands (Team Canada)… Received Canadian Wheelchair Sport Association Stan Stronge Award…

2011: 3rd place at Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (Team Canada)… 3rd place at International Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, USA (Team Canada)… 1st place at BT Paralympic Cup in Manchester, UK (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia & named All-Star in Longueuil, QC (domestic)… 2nd place at CWBL Open Finals with Douglas College Lions & named All-Star in Surrey, BC (domestic)… Named BC Wheelchair Basketball Society Male Athlete of the Year & received MJ’s True Sport Award…

2010: 7th place at World Championships in Birmingham, UK (Team Canada)… 2nd place at BT Paralympic Cup in Manchester, UK (Team Canada)… 3rd place at North American Cup in Birmingham, USA (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Saskatoon, SK (domestic)… 7th place at CWBL Open Finals with the Douglas College Royals & named All-Star in Coquitlam, BC (domestic)… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Male Athlete of the Year…

2009: 2nd at Americas Cup Qualifier in Richmond, BC (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Rollers World Challenge in Australia (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Montreal, QC (domestic)… 1st place at CWBL Open Finals with the Douglas College Royals & named All-Star in Halifax, NS (domestic)… Named BC Wheelchair Basketball Society Male Athlete of the Year…

2008: 2nd place at Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 2nd place at North American Cup in Birmingham, USA (Team Canada)… 1st place at Pre-Paralympic Test Series in Osnabrück, Germany (Team Canada)… 1st place at Good Luck Beijing Invitational Tournament in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 1st place NWBA Division I National Championships with British Columbia Cable Cars in Lexington, USA (domestic)… 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Vancouver, BC (domestic)…

2007: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 1st place at VISA Paralympic Cup in Manchester, UK (Team Canada)… 2nd place at NWBA Final Four Championship with the British Columbia Cable Cars in Lexington, USA (domestic)… 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Winnipeg, MB (domestic)… 2nd place at CWBL Open Finals with the Prince George Titans & named All-Star in Quebec City, QC (domestic)…

2006: 2nd place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Kitchener, ON (domestic)…

2005: 2nd place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Edmonton, AB (domestic)…

2002: 2nd place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Montreal, QC (domestic)…

2001: 1st place at World Junior Championships in Blumenau, Brazil (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Toronto, ON (domestic)…

2000: 1st place at National Championships with Team British Columbia in Edmonton, AB (domestic)… 6th place at CWBL Open Finals with Prince George Titans & named All-Star in Vancouver, BC (domestic)…

1997: 1st place at World Junior Championships in Toronto, ON (Team Canada)…

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