David Wagner

Wheelchair Tennis

Served as envoy

  • 2015  –  Canada

Wagner has won more than a dozen Grand Slam titles and been ranked in the top three in the world for the past 14 years. Wagner suffered a spinal cord injury in 1995 after breaking his neck in an accident on the beach which left him paralyzed from the mid-chest down, retaining only 30 percent feeling in his hands, therefore categorizing him as a quadriplegic. After he took up table tennis as part of his rehabilitation efforts, Wagner picked up a tennis racquet in 1999 and soon began to compete competitively. By 2003, he became the No. 1 ranked quad wheelchair tennis player in the world and has held the No. 1 ranking for a number of times in his career.

Four-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016);
Eight-time Paralympic medalist (3 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, doubles (silver), singles (bronze)
London 2012 Paralympic Games, doubles (gold), singles (silver)
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, doubles (gold), singles (bronze)
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, doubles (gold), singles (silver)

He has one sister, Heather and one brother, Shane. His hobbies include cooking, reading and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners.