Chilliwack wheelchair basketball star gets national grant

Ben Hagkull will be able to apply $10,000 toward training through a Petro Canada contribution.

Chilliwack’s Ben Hagkull is one of 55 young Canadian athletes from 40 different summer and winter sports who’ve been selected to receive a $10,000 grant.

Petro-Canada’s Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACE) program grant supports up-and-coming athletes when they need it most: when they are striving to represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games but don’t yet qualify for government funding.

Recipients are selected based on potential and Hagkull has lots.

A wheelchair basketball athlete since 2006, the Chilliwack secondary school student has represented British Columbia at several national championships as well as the 2015 Canada Games.

In 2017 he earned a roster spot on the Canadian Men’s U-23 National Team.

Past recipients of the FACE grant include Olympic medalists Patrick Chan (figure skating, silver), Hayley Wickenheiser (hockey, gold) and Mark Tewksbury, (swimming, gold).

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