Brandon Wagner

Place of Birth: Kitchener, Ont.
Resides: Burlington, Ont.
Birthday: 18-04-1983
Height: 6'2"
Occupation: Communications Coordinator
Club(s): Burlington Vipers
Classification: 1.5

Biography

Brandon was introduced to wheelchair basketball in his hometown of Burlington, Ont., where he learned to appreciate the uniqueness of the game.

He is a competitive person who enjoys the physicality involved and the challenge of matching up against bigger and stronger players. Given the opportunity he will thrive on the defensive mistakes of his opponents. Brandon is a good team player who rises to the challenge of becoming the best in the world.

Brandon’s progress in the sport has been rapid. He began with the Burlington Vipers club team and made the Men’s U23 National Team in 2005.  Before long he was accepted to play at the University of Illinois where he won the collegiate championships in 2008. In 2009, he was named Student-Athlete of the Year.

Brandon earned a spot on the Senior Men’s National Team in 2009. In 2012, he won a gold medal at his first Paralympic Games in London, England.

Participating in, and watching sports consume much of his time, but family and friends are really important to him. Alongside an admiration for athletic greats Lance Armstrong and Muhammad Ali, his late grandfather remains his biggest role model.

To learn more about Brandon, follow him on Twitter: @BWAGG

Interesting facts

  • He studied sport management at the University of Illinois
  • Off the basketball court, he enjoys fishing and fantasy sports

Awards / Highlights

  • Torchbearer for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay (2015)
  • Named Burlington Sport Alliance’s 2013 Male Parasport Athlete of the Year
  • Received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013)
  • Named 2009 Student-Athlete of the Year at the University of Illinois

Major International Competition

Tournament [medal, rank=1 size=’small’] [medal, rank=2 size=’small’] [medal, rank=3 size=’small’] Other
Paralympic Games: 1 1 (’12) 0 0 0
World Championships: 1 0 0 0 7th (’10)

Statistics

Paralympic Games

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals
3 points
Free Throws
Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2012 7 58 8:21 2/6 33 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 6 1 4 0.6
TOTAL 7 58 8:21 2/6 33 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 6 1 4 0.6

World Championships

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals
3 points Free throws
ReboUnds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2010 8 110 13:46 0/3 0 0/0 0/0 2 10 12 2 3 0 0 14 1 0 08
TOTAL 8 110 13:$6 0/3 0 0/0 0/0 2 10 12 2 3 0 0 14 1 0 0

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 Teams

Level Team Location Year(s)
International Canada (SMNT) Canada 2009-2013
International Canada (JMNT) Canada 2005
Club (domestic) University of Illinois Illinois, USA 2006-2009
Club (domestic) Burlington Vipers Ontario 2003-present

Career Notes

2015: 8th place at CWBL National Championship with the Burlington Vipers in Scarborough, Ont. (domestic)…

2014: 12th place at CWBL National Championship with the Burlington Vipers in Burlington, Ont. (domestic)…

2013: 3rd place at Easter Tournament in Blankenberge, Belgium (Team Canada)… Named Male Parasport Athlete of the Year by Burlington Sport Alliance…

2012: 1st place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Championships with Team Ontario 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)…

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)… 2nd place at National Championships with Team Ontario in Longueuil, QC (domestic)…

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)… 2nd place at National Championships with Team Ontario in Saskatoon, SK (domestic)…

2009: 2nd at Americas Cup Qualifier in Richmond, BC (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Rollers World Challenge in Australia (Team Canada)… Named Student-Athlete of the Year at the University of Illinois…

2008: 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Illinois in USA (domestic)… 3rd place at National Championships with Team Ontario in Vancouver, BC (domestic)…

2007: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 3rd place at National Championships with Team Ontario in Winnipeg, MB (domestic)…

2006: 1st place at National Championships with Team Ontario in Kitchener, ON (domestic)…

2005: 5th place at World Junior Championships in Birmingham, UK (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Championships with Team Ontario in Edmonton, AB (domestic)…

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