Name: Philippe Bédard
CAN Fund Recipient Since: 2015
Sport: Wheelchair Tennis
2 time National Champion (singles)
4 time National Champion (Doubles)
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Horoscope Sign: Gemini
On The National Team Since: 2011
How does being a CAN Fund Recipient make a difference for you?
Being a CAN Fund recipient will help me achieve my goals of winning a medal in TO 2015 and qualifying for Rio 2016. I am going to be able to do more important tournaments around the world and solidify the support team I need around me to get to my top level.
How did you get involved in your sport?
I moved to Montreal in 2009 with my girlfriend and asked my local tennis club if wheelchair tennis existed. They referred me to Tennis Canada at the National Center and the rest is history.
Who is your hero and why?
Mohamed Ali for beating Foreman #WhenwewhereKings
What is your proudest moment?
Beating illness and winning my first round at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
What is one thing you have had to overcome and how did you do so?
Illness and 700 days in the hospital in 5 years. I overcame this by staying strong along with the support of my family and friends.
What does sport mean to you?
Health and passion.
What is in your refrigerator right now?
Fish, meat, vegetables and fruits.
What are your words to live by or your motto?
Never give up living in the moment.
What advice would you give to young kids or teenagers about following their dreams?
Anything is possible, just dream it and go for it, you can do it.
What is your favourite thing about being on the road with your teammates?
Discovering new places, new cultures, new food and new people.
What are you favourite places in the world you have visited?
Istanbul, France and Switzerlan.
What three items do you take with you on every road trip?
Green Tea, Dark Chocolate and a Speaker
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, TV (HABS), listening to music and palying other sports
What is your favourite movie?
Good Will Hunting
Who is your favourite athlete?