National Indigenous History Month; feat. Richard Peter
June 14, 2022
June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to learn about and honour the culture, history and strength of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in Canada.
Richard Peter, Badminton Canada Para National Team Member, was inducted into the BC Sport Hall of Fame in 2010 in the sport of basketball and is also one of the five recognized in the Indigenous Sport Gallery which celebrates Indigenous and First Nations athletes, coaches and builders who have had a profound impact on the legacy of Indigenous sport culture and history in Canada
A proud member of the Cowichan Tribes, Richard suffered a terrible accident at age 4. He needed a wheelchair but that didn’t stop him from pursuing sports. He became a legend in para-basketball, representing Canada at five Paralympics (winning 3 Gold, 1 Silver) and four World Championships (1 Gold, and 3 bronze medals). Richard was twice named winner of the Tom Longboat Award, is a two-time Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Male Athlete of the Year, and the 2008 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year.
He retired from basketball after leading Canada to its third gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics and in 2017 transferred his athleticism to para-badminton and quickly progressed, representing Canada again in no time winning a Bronze Medal at the 2019 Parapan Am Games in men’s doubles.
Richard is a generous and strong advocate and role model for para-badminton on and off the court, including sharing his voice of depth and reason as a member of Badminton Canada’s Gender Equity, Inclusion, & Safe Sport Committee. And on Tuesday, June 14, as the Athlete Ambassador for the Paralympics on the feasibility team, Richard will be a speaker at the Media Conference for the unveiling of the Indigenous-led hosting concept to bring the Olympics/Paralympics back to B.C.