Daniel (Dani) Bigu’s wheelchair basketball journey began at the age of 16 shortly after sustaining a spinal cord injury on a mission’s trip overseas. Prior to his accident, Dani played soccer at a high level and had dreams of representing his country on the world stage. Once introduced to wheelchair basketball, the possibilities of making his childhood dream come true felt real again and offered him direction.
Over the past several years, Dani has had the privilege of representing both his province and country in competition, sharing his passion for adaptive sport while breaking barriers and stigmas regarding disabilities. Speaking at schools, churches and large events on the power of overcoming obstacles with a little direction and a lot of perseverance. In 2014, Dani was invited to the National Wheelchair Basketball Academy where he has since been able to take the skills and habits learned from high performance environments and apply them to life outside of sport.
Dani is a proud family business owner who hopes to provide more equal opportunities for people with disabilities. He is determined to continue bringing awareness on the inclusivity of wheelchair basketball and win a Paralympic Gold medal for his country.
Div.1 CWBL 2012-2022
Team Ontario 2011-2015
National Academy 2014-2019
Canada Men’s next Gen 2014-2021
Toronto Rolling Raptors 2017-2020
Mitsubishi Electric World Challenge Cup 2018
Kitakyushu Cup 2018
Edmonton NL CWBL/NAWBL 2021-2022
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