In 2007, Aaron Moseley-Williams’ life turned upside down and his path was unclear. Today, he’s on Canada’s wheelchair basketball team with plans to take on the world.
This is the second consecutive year Moseley-Williams has been on Team Canada. The selection was announced Jan. 17.
"This year was a little bit tamer and little more a sure thing," he said from Toronto at the National Wheelchair Basketball Academy. "I felt a lot more confident for sure."
Moseley-Williams wasn’t always as confident with his future. While driving home from a restaurant in The Pas in 2007, he was in a serious car accident that left him unable to use his legs.
After eight months of recovery and rehabilitation, Moseley-Williams’ occupational therapist got him in contact with Mandy Johnson, who was working with Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association at the time.
Since then he has played for Team Manitoba, Team Canada’s junior team, and now the senior team. He was named MVP at the Junior West Regional Championship in 2009 and graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a geography degree.
After graduation, Moseley-Williams said he was at a point in his life where he could either work full-time or play the sport he loves.
"I decided that I’m young, I just finished school, that was a big commitment, so I just wanted to pursue basketball for the meantime," he said.
He said he likes wheelchair basketball because it is the best adaptation as far as Paralympics go.
"I like that it’s a really good mix of being physically and mentally challenging because the chair physically occupies a space," Moseley-Williams said.
He said Team Canada’s game is the best in the world, having secured a gold medal in London, a silver in Beijing, and another gold in Athens at the last three Paralympic games.
"This year we’re planning on revolutionizing how the game is played," Moseley-Williams said.
"Where traditionally teams will press sometimes, sometimes they won’t… now we’re kind of pressing all the time and never giving the other team a chance to break."
Moseley-Williams said they will also be subbing more often, like in hockey, to keep players fresh and strong the whole game.
Team Canada will travel all over the world playing exhibition games to keep its competitive level up, but the next time they’ll compete in an international tournament will be at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. After that, Moseley-Williams said he wants to play in Europe professionally.