Nik Goncin

Nik Goncin
Regina native Nik Goncin approaches wheelchair basketball like a game of chess. (Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Nik Goncin's wheelchair basketball journey began in 2008, when he discovered the sport through a clinic at his high school. The coach of the clinic invited Goncin out to a local practice and he has been hooked ever since.

It wasn't long before Goncin was representing Saskatchewan on the basketball court and picking up accolades for his dynamic offensive play. Goncin is a student of the game; he appreciates the intellectual component of wheelchair basketball and feels the level of strategy involved truly sets the sport apart. "It is a big, fast-paced chess game," he said.

He made his debut with Team Canada at the 2009 world junior championship. In 2013, Goncin cracked both the senior and junior national team rosters. The Regina native is currently on an athletic scholarship at the University of Illinois, where he competes for the men's collegiate wheelchair basketball team.

Career highlights

  • Second place with Team Canada at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.
  • First place at the 2014 junior national championships with Team Saskatchewan and named MVP.
  • Named 2014 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Athlete of the Year.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee