An avid stand up basketball player before his leg surgery, Mitch Bossaer was first introduced to the sport of wheelchair basketball when Lisa Franks, a former member of the women’s Canadian wheelchair basketball team, contacted his physio therapist in September 2010.
Bossaer began playing with his local club team in Saskatoon, but soon made a name for himself in the wheelchair basketball community, competing in the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, N.S. and making the junior men’s national team in 2013.
“It’s hard to fathom that I am representing my country in sport,” he says. “It’s a great feeling to be able to put on that jersey and do what I love while representing a great nation like Canada.”
“It’s hard to fathom that I am representing my country in sport.” – Mitch Bossaer
The physicality, strategy and challenges of the sport continue to fuel his passion for the game. Bossaer trains five days a week, incorporating in chair sessions and weight training. At 6’1”, Bossaer says he uses his height to get inside on the offence and protect the key on defence.
Outside of wheelchair basketball, Bossaer enjoys spending time with friends, swimming, playing stand up basketball and travelling.
- He met his role model Kobe Bryant in 2010 through the Children’s Wish Foundation
Awards / Highlights
- Won gold at his first international tournament as Team Canada qualified for the World Junior Championship
- Silver medal at the 2015 Canada Games with Team Saskatchewan
- Bronze medal at the 2011 Canada Games with Team Saskatchewan
Major International Competition
|World Junior Championships: 1||0||0||0||6th (’13)|
|Club (domestic)||National Academy||Canada||2013-Present|
|Club (domestic)||Club ’99||Saskatchewan||2011-Present|
2017: 7th place at CWBL National Championship with Saskatchewan Club ’99 in Montreal, Que. (domestic)…
2016: 4th place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)…
2015: 2nd place at Canada Games with Team Saskatchewan in Prince George, B.C. (domestic)… 4th place at CWBL National Championship with the National Academy in Scarborough, Ont. (domestic)…
2014: 8th place at CWBL National Championship with the Saskatchewan Paratroopers in Burlington, Ont. (domestic)… 1st place at Junior National Championship with Team Saskatchewan in Edmonton, Alta. (domestic)…
2013: 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)… 1st place at Men’s U23 Americas Zone Qualification Tournament in Mexico City, Mexico (Team Canada)… 6th place at the 2013 CWBL Open Championship with Club 99 in Montreal, Que. (domestic)…
2011: 3rd place at Canada Games with Team Saskatchewan in Halifax, N.S. (domestic)…