Dear SWSA Members & Friends of Chris Pearson,
It is with a heavy heart that Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association announces the passing of Chris “Cowboy” Pearson. SWSA has lost a valuable member, advocate, and great friend of the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association. Chris Pearson passed away on Sunday, December 13th after a courageous battle with cancer.
Chris had a passion for an active life. He participated in Wheelchair Rugby, Para Canoe, and Adapted Waterskiing. As a member of the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Rugby Team, Chris competed in a number of National Championships with Team Saskatchewan as well as many other rugby competitions such as the Prairie Wheelchair Rugby League and the Vancouver Invitational. Chris was one of the first members of Canada’s Para Canoe Team and he competed at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Dartmouth, NS and the 2010 World Championships in Poznan, Poland. Chris also participated in the slalom, trick, and jump events in Adaptive Waterskiing. He competed in the 2014 Nationals in Toronto and the 2014 USA vs The World (Pan Am) Disabled Waterski Challenge in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chris was a well-respected advocate for getting people active and to participate in Wheelchair Sports. Chris touched many lives in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the World. Chris was involved with SWSA’s Bridging the Gap – Getting Physically Active program. The program’s purpose, which turned into Chris’s purpose, is to introduce and support continued involvement of individuals with physical disabilities to wheelchair sport opportunities, promoting an active healthy lifestyle and improving quality of life. Chris was a true inspiration and motivator to many. Recently, Chris was working on starting up the South Saskatchewan Adaptive Waterski Club in Regina.
When Chris first became involved with SWSA, he was working for the Government of Saskatchewan in the Office of Disability Issues. A few years ago, an entrepreneur business opportunity came up and Chris joined URO Medical Supplies. Chris was a valuable member at large on the Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association’s Board of Directors. He was also a member of Sask Sport’s Adaptive Sport Committee. Chris also spent time as a community liaison with First Steps Wellness Centre helping new Saskatchewan residents adapt to their new surroundings.
On behalf of the SWSA Board of Directors & Staff, we are sending our thoughts and prayers to Chris’s Fiancée Michelle and his entire family during this difficult time.
A funeral will take place in Broadview, Saskatchewan on Sunday December 20 and a celebration of his life is being planned for the spring. Details can be found here: Legacy Obituary
The Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association (SWSA) promotes opportunities for all of our members to participate from the developmental to the elite level in the Association’s activities.