Trevor Hirschfield: My dad, the one-man pit crew

AthletesCAN Board Member Trevor Hirschfield writes about his father and experiences with Wheelchair Rugby Canada

by Trevor Hirschfield for CBC Sports


When I look up into the stands in the Mississauga Sports Centre, my dad won’t be there.

He won’t be wearing red and waving a Canadian flag. He won’t be sitting beside my mom and sister, holding his breath each time I take a hit. He won’t be in the stands at all.

That’s because he’ll be right there on the bench beside me.

My dad, Bobby, is the equipment manager for Canada’s wheelchair rugby team. He’s a one-man pit crew.
When a tire blows, there’s Bobby hustling on to the court to change it so that we don’t have to take a time out or sub the athlete off. When an athlete falls out of his wheelchair, here comes Bobby to pull him up and give him a slap on the back...

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