Growing up in Grand
Prairie, Randy Wyness was very active in all sports, particularly hockey
and baseball. The family moved to Wetaskiwin in September of 1973. At
age 15, in May 1974, Randy was dealt a hand which altered his life
forever. He spent three months in
the University of Alberta Hospital and Aberhart Rehabilitation Centre and another
six years confronting the
demons which are associated with life in a wheelchair.
Randy began playing
competitive wheelchair basketball in 1980 and excelled as a player in
Alberta as well as in Canada.
played with the powerhouse Northern Lights for more than twenty years.
In that time he played in 14 NWBA Regional Championship Tournaments.
His team placed as high as 4th out of 184 registered teams.
that twenty-plus year period Randy was also selected to play on Team
Alberta sixteen times, winning won 8 gold, 5 Silver, and 2
Bronze place finishes. Team Alberta won a record 7 consecutive
championships with Randy on the court.
tribute to his basketball skills was his selections to play on Team
Canada from 1983 through 1989. This team represented Canada at Worlds
(Halifax) 1983, Paralympic Games (Ayslbury, England) 1984,
Paralympic Games (Seoul, Korea) 1988 (via Australia).
HIGHLIGHTS OF ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Captain ‑ Team Canada 6 times
Named All‑star and MVP on 11
In skills‑testing conducted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada in Alberta
and in Canada Randy was ranked as #1 Top Skilled in Alberta and #1 in