Billy Bridges  

Billy's Bio

Born in Summerside, PEI, Billy Bridges is a Paralymic Gold Medallist in the sport of Sledge Hockey.
 
Living with the effects of Spina Bifida, his limited mobility means he uses crutches and at times a wheelchair; however his disability hasn’t stopped him from gaining international notoriety as a powerful hockey player. Billy started playing sledge hockey in 1996 and eventually made the National Team at a mere 14 years of age. He holds the record for being the youngest player ever to be selected to Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team.  
 
Now an 15 year veteran of Team Canada, Billy has climbed the ranks to become one of the top players in the world.  As a centreman Billy is always a major scoring threat with his 80 m.p.h. slapshot that he takes with one arm! He's participated in three Paralympic Games ('02, '06, ‘10) where he's twice earned All-Star accolades and was a member of the Paralympic Gold Medal winning team in Torino, Italy in 2006.  Billy is also a three-time World Champion and has been twice been named Championship MVP ('05, '06).
 

Beyond sledge hockey Billy also competes in wheelchair tennis, where his current ranking has him in the top 200 in the World. Billy started his athletic career competed for his junior high wrestling team and went on to enjoy both skateboarding and mountain biking. This multi-sport star also competed in wheelchair basketball where he was been a member of two World Jr. Championship Teams. Billy is also currently a student at the University of Toronto where he's pursuing a degree in English literature. He currently lives in Mississauga with his wife, Sami Jo Small, a three-time Olympian as the goaltender on Canada's National Women's Hockey Team.

 
Accomplishments

Sledge Hockey
3 time Paralympian
Paralympic Gold Medal (Torino '06)
2 time Paralympic All-Star Team ('02, '06)
3 time World Champion ('00, '08, '13)
3 time World Champion All-Star Team ('00, '08, '12)
4 time World Sledge Hockey Challenge Champion ('07, '08, '09 '11)

Wheelchair Tennis
Sept '13 181st in the World
Parasport Ontario Champion '12

Wheelchair Basketball
2 time World Junior National Team member
World Junior Champion ('03)
Canada Game Champion - Team Ontario ('99)
8 time National Champion - Team Ontario

Awards and Accolades

2 time Mississauga Disabled Athlete of the Year ('11, '12)

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Supporters

Ryan D'Souza
Sami Jo Small
Lois & Doug Mitchell
Emerson Family
Tara Loseth

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