Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association congratulates Duncan Campbell on being inducted in the University of Alberta Alumni Hall of Fame. Campbell, who is best known as the inventor of wheelchair rugby, received the Alumni Honour Award at a ceremony on Sept. 18th along with 42 other remarkable individuals.
“It’s a great honour to have the university that educated me recognize me down the road for putting that education to use in many, many ways,” said Campbell. “I was very proud to be one of the 42 University of Alberta graduates recognized.”
Campbell graduated from the University of Alberta in 1982 with a BA in Recreation Administration. The skills he learned at the University of Alberta not only helped him to grow wheelchair rugby into one of the world’s best-known Paralympic sports, but it also launched his career as recreation therapist and sports administrator. Today, Campbell is the National Development Director of Wheelchair Rugby and the National Coordinator of the Bridging the Gap program: a position that allows him to foster grassroots development of wheelchair sports across Canada.
“Duncan Campbell has influenced the growth and development of wheelchair sports in Canada possibly more than any other person,” said CWSA Executive Director Cathy Cadieux. “We are thrilled that the University of Alberta has recognized his incredible contributions.”