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October 4, 2013, OTTAWA, September 30, 2013 – The Canadian Paralympic Committee is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Paralympic silver medallist Brian McPhate and extends its sympathies to his family and friends.

McPhate represented Canada at two Paralympic Games in two sports. 

At the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, he won a silver medal as a member of the wheelchair rugby team. 

At the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, McPhate placed fourth in wheelchair tennis doubles with teammate Sarah Hunter.

“As we mourn the loss of a great athlete, we can be inspired by his many accomplishments,” said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.  “Our thoughts at this time are with Brian’s loved ones and everyone whose lives he touched.”

McPhate was born in New Westminster, B.C. and lived in Surrey, B.C.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit