Wheelchair b-ball star a Winter Games winner

Ben Hagkull is a star on and off the basketball court, earning recognition from the BC Winter Games and Coast Capital Savings.

Chilliwack’s Ben Hagkull was among 16 BC Winter Games athletes presented with a $500 Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary at last weekend’s 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton.

Recipients were chosen from over 100 applicants for their achievements in sport and education and leadership contributions to their schools, community or sport associations.

Recipients represent communities across the province and their leadership includes service with student councils, community events, food banks, fundraising, coaching and officiating.

Hagkull was featured on the sports front in Wednesday’s Chilliwack Progress .

He is described in the BC Winter Games press release as ‘an up-and-coming high performance wheelchair basketball athlete who competed at the 2015 Canada Games and returned for his second BC Winter Games.’

“Ben has been on the receiving end of support and says that it feels good to give back to others,” the release noted. “He is involved in wheelchair basketball demos in his community and has traveled to Mexico on two occasions to assist with building houses.”

See bcgames.org for more info.

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