Brother Bob Hirschfield is an integral part of the team
April, 2016 - Brother Bob Hirschfield, a long time member of Local 258 IBEW, is an integral member of Team Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby team and together with his son Trevor, who leads the team as their Captain, and Bob’s wife Marilyn, the Hirschfield family’s contribution to the success of Team Canada in this exhilarating international wheelchair sport cannot be underestimated. When Local 258 IBEW was asked if we could help support the team through an event sponsorship, our membership voted overwhelmingly in favour at Unit meetings that took place in March.
As Team Canada’s volunteer equipment manager, Brother Bob Hirschfield is right there on the bench with this medal-winning group of high performing athletes – and his role involves much more than maintaining the team’s sport wheelchairs. He not only plays an active role in helping prepare and support the athletes before, during and after intense competitions and practices, he can be seen at the games rushing out onto the floor to change tires, uprighting the athletes when they get knocked over and using his secret weapon, all-purpose duct tape, to make quick equipment repairs! Bob has been called a “one-man pit crew” by his son, Trevor.
Bob was always involved as a dad with coaching Trevor in any sport he participated in, and nothing changed when Trevor became a quadriplegic at the young age of 16. Encouraged by “Bobby”, as he calls his dad, Trevor got hooked on wheelchair sports. Years of practice and competition eventually led to Trevor making Canada’s national wheelchair rugby team in 2006 and Bob has been there with him all the way. Eventually, Bob’s support turned into becoming the team’s equipment manager and in 2012 Bob and Trevor marched together with the team at the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games in London, England.
Trevor was recently named Sport BC’s Athlete with a Disability of the Year, the second time he has been awarded. He has also been named the “Allianz Athlete of the Month” in August 2015 by the International Paralympic Committee for his role in Team Canada’s gold medal win at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.
The 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament will take place at the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC, from June 24th to 26th. Local 258 IBEW encourages everyone who can make it to come and watch this incredible sport and cheer on Team Canada in this international competition before the team heads to the Paralympic Games happening in Rio de Janeiro later this summer.
Local 258 IBEW has also entered into a partnership agreement for 2016 to be an official sponsor of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association that governs wheelchair rugby in Canada.