Liam Hickey grew up as a regular in his community’s stand-up basketball program from as early as kindergarten. It wasn’t until he was 10 that he first got introduced to wheelchair basketball through the local Easter Seals program. From that point on, he was hooked by the game’s high rate of speed and intense contact.
To gain experience playing competitive basketball Hickey began to play for the PEI Mustangs in the Maritime Wheelchair Basketball League (MWBL), which has allowed him to compete against and learn from other top players. Playing in the MWBL means a lot of travelling and fundraising for Hickey and his family, but he says access to good competition is important to the development of his game.
The travelling paid off for Hickey, who was named to the Men’s U23 National Team that competed at the junior men’s world championship in 2013. In 2015, Hickey earned a roster spot on the Senior Men’s National Team. He competed at his first Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Outside of basketball, Hickey enjoys riding his dirt bike, fishing, playing baseball, playing sledge hockey and most recently, golf. His role models are his parents.
To learn more about Liam, follow him on Twitter: @liamhickey1998
- Hickey is also part of Canada’s national sledge hockey program
- Enjoys cooking
- Has a border collie named Mika
- Loves all kinds of music, including rap, rock and country
Awards / Highlights
- Named Junior Athlete of the Year by Wheelchair Basketball Canada (2015)
- Named Male Youth Athlete of the Year by the city of Mount Pearl, N.L. (2014)
- Named a finalist for Junior Male Athlete of the Year by Sport Newfoundland and Labrador (2014)
- Recipient of 2014 Petro-Canada ‘Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence’ Program
- Named Rookie of the Year by the Maritime Wheelchair Basketball Association
- Easter Seals Ambassador for Newfoundland & Labrador (2012)
Major International Competition
|Paralympic Games: 1||0||0||0||11th (’16)|
|World Junior Championships: 2||0||0||0||6th (’13), 6th (’17)|
|Year||GP||Min||M/G||Field Goals||3Pts||Free Throws||Rebounds||AS||TO||ST||BS||PF||FO||PTS||P/G|
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
|International||Canada (JMNT)||Canada||2013, 2017|
|Club (domestic)||PEI Mustangs||Prince Edward Island||–|
2017: 6th place at the Men’s U23 World Championship in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)…
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)… Named Junior Male Athlete of the Year by Sport Newfoundland And Labrador…
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 Canada Games with Team Prince Edward Island in Prince George, B.C. (domestic)… Named Junior Athlete of the Year by Wheelchair Basketball Canada…
2013: 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)… 2nd place at the Junior East Regional Championship with Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI (domestic)…
2012: 5th place at the Junior East Regional Championship with Prince Edward Island in Halifax, NS (domestic)…