Karl Ludwig, sledge hockey

When not playing sledge hockey for Canada, Karl Ludwig, 25, studies comedy writing at Humber College in Toronto. (Courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Karl Ludwig was first introduced to a sled at age two but it was at age seven that sledge hockey became a passion. He began his sledge hockey career at the Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled in Mississauga, Ont.

Ludwig made his debut with the national team in 2013 and has experienced consistent success with gold medals at the IPC World Championships and World Sledge Hockey Challenge. Prior to the 2013 world championships, he played six games for Team Canada, scoring four goals, including a hat trick, in a three-game series with Norway in January in Quebec.

Ludwig, 25, also played 12 games with the national development team, which he joined in 2010, earning five goals and three assists.

He graduated from Humber College’s Travel and Tourism program, based in Toronto, in 2008 and also studies comedy writing.

He was born with spina bifida.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee