Richmond’s Ian Chan was a star wheelchair rugby player for Canada.
Photo courtesy Wheelchair Rugby Canada
Paralympian Chan passes suddenly
By Don Fennell
Published 3:31 PDT, Tue March 19, 2019
Last Updated: 2:12 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021
Canada’s Paralympic community is mourning the loss of one of its finest athletes following the sudden passing of wheelchair rugby icon Ian Chan.
The Richmond man passed away March 18 at the age of 41.
Chan was a world champion and five-time Paralympian, a strong promoter of his sport and supporter of his fellow athletes.
Wheelchair Canada described him as “a consummate professional whose on-court accolades were only surpassed by his impact off the court.”
“His impact on the wheelchair rugby community is truly immeasurable and he leaves behind a legacy of excellence and compassion that many can aspire to.”
Chan was the focus of the documentary “Can’t Stop/Won’t Stop” which centered on Team Canada’s work ethic on their journey to the 2008 Beijing Games. He also appeared in the documentary “Murderball.”
Chan was also a multiple winner at the Richmond Sports Awards.