SPORT | Sledge Hockey
POSITION | Forward
YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2023
(1989 - )
Derek was born in Chatham on June 21st, 1989 with cerebral palsy, however never allowed his limitations deter him from becoming a world-class athlete. He attended St. Vincent elementary and Ursuline College/Chatham Kent Secondary School before going to Medicine Hat College, where he earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Royal University.
Derek represented Canada in para ice hockey and para 7-aside soccer at the National and World levels and was also a Provincial team golf champion.
2000 - started playing para ice hockey (formally Sledge) with the Chatham Sledgehammers at age 11. 2007-2017 - played for Canada's National Para Hockey Teams
2007 - World Junior (Team Ontario) Sledge Hockey Tournament - Philadelphia, PA - Gold Medal
2009 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Charlottetown, P.E.I. - Silver Medal
2010 - Sledge Hockey Paralympics - Vancouver, BC - 4th Place
2011 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - London, ON - Gold Medal
2011 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Calgary, AB - Gold Medal
2011 - Japanese Four Nations Cup - Nagano, Japan - Gold Medal
2012 - World Sledge Hockey Championships - Hamar, Norway - Bronze Medal
2012 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Calgary, AB - Silver Medal
2012 - Japanese Four Nations Cup - Nagano, Japan - Gold Medal
2013 - World Sledge Hockey Championships - Seoul, South Korea, - Gold Medal
2013 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Toronto, ON - Gold Medal
2014 - Sledge Hockey Paralympics - Sochi, Russia - Bronze Medal
2015 - World Sledge Hockey Championships - Buffalo, NY - Silver Medal
2015 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Leduc, AB - Bronze Medal
2016 - World Sledge Hockey Challenge - Bridgewater, NS - Silver Medal
2016 - Torino Four Nations Tournament - Torino, Italy - Gold Medal
2017 - Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships (Team Alberta) - Montreal, QC - Gold Medal
2018 - Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships (Team Alberta) - Richmond, BC - Gold Medal
2005-2016 - played for Canada’s National Para 7-Aside Soccer Teams
2005 - World Championships - New London, Connecticut - 10th Place
2007 - Para Pan-American Soccer Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Bronze Medal
2007 - World Para Soccer Championships - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 9th Place
2015 - World Para Soccer Championships - Barcelona, Spain - 10th Place
2007-2008 - Derek was also a notable golfer, playing in the Burger King Junior Tour.
2018 - Canadian College Athletic Association National Golf Tournament - 10th Place (Team Standing)
2019 - Medicine Hat College Provincial Golf Championship - 1st Place Team Standing
2019 - Canadian College Athletic Association National Golf Tournament - 11th Place (Team Standing)
Derek and his beautiful wife Tara live in Medicine Hat, Alberta with their dog Doug. Derek teaches a combined grade 5/6 class at St. Francis Xavier School and is the lead instructor/developer for the school’s sport academy.
Since 2014, Derek has been an assistant coach with Canada’s Women’s National Para Ice Hockey team.
Derek along with Tara, have worked hard to start an all-inclusive non-profit organization called - Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation - which brings Paralympic sports to the community.