It was one of the greatest moments in Canadian wheelchair tennis history when Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe received their bronze medals at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games this August.
Coming back from a heartbreaking loss in the semifinals, Bedard and Dembe recovered to play a perfect match in the bronze-medal duel at the University of Toronto Scarborough Tennis Centre. Defeating American rivals Steve Baldwin and Jon Rydberg 6-4, 6-2, they captured what was the first-ever medal won in wheelchair tennis by Canada at a multi-sport event.
One of the most formidable duos ever in Canadian wheelchair tennis, Bedard and Dembe both consider their bronze medal to be the biggest moment of their careers. And in fact, it was the last moment for Dembe who chose to retire from the sport following the Games.