Graeme Murray has always loved watching hockey. Ever since he can remember, he wanted to play in the National Hockey League. However, at the age of three Graeme became very ill and his life changed forever...
Growing up, Graeme had to deal with the fact that he would never play in the NHL; in fact, he was told he may never play any sports at all. Despite this disappointment, Graeme searched for a sport that he could get involved in. When Graeme was eleven years old, he was introduced to the sport of sledge hockey and it was love at first sight. Not only did Graeme love playing sledge hockey, but he had a natural talent for the sport and when Graeme turned 15, he became a member of Team Canada’s Men’s National Sledge Hockey Team. As part of Team Canada, Graeme has competed at the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Paralympic Games as well as the 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2012 Sledge Hockey World Championships. Graeme made Canada proud when he helped Team Canada win a bronze medal at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia this past March.
Languages spoken: English
Birthplace: Bracebridge, ON
Current city: Gravenhurst, ON
Sport: Sledge Hockey
Favourite Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Favourite Colour: Green
What is your single greatest achievement as an athlete?
Gold Medal at 2006 Winter Paralympic Games in Torino, Italy
What is your single greatest achievement outside of sports?
Sport governs a lot of my life. I've been to school and I enjoy what it has given me but but what I'm really proud of outside my achievements in sports is that fact that I have the opportunity to speak to so many students. Knowing that I've inspired them to be more active and and work for the things they want give me a feeling of pride I cannot describe
What's your favourite quote or statement?
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
Who was your role model when you were young?
English Biography: Download PDF
I was fortunate enough to have the pleasant opportunity to meet and hear Graeme Murray’s story. He is a great speaker and has a very inspiring story.
Amy Nicoll - Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario