FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A very special guest will be coming to Bert Bowes Middle School on Wednesday, October 13th, with cameras in tow.

The captain of Team Canada’s wheelchair basketball team that competed in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games last month, Bo Hedges, is going to be in town to show students — and a few local personalities — the fundamentals of wheelchair basketball.

Hedges and Team Canada played hard and finished eighth at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. At the Rio 2016 Games, Canada finished eleventh.

Hedges will give a demonstration of the sport to the students in the afternoon, ‘teaching’ the teachers at an assembly. While the kids won’t get a chance to try it themselves, the Physical Education teachers will be teaching the students wheelchair massage. Then, in the evening, Bo will be joined by some local figures for a fun-focused demonstration that’s sure to be filled with laughs and smiles.

To make things even more interesting, a pair of local production companies have teamed up to make a documentary feature film about Bo and his journey from Fort St. John to Tokyo. Eagle Vision Video Productions and Sutherland Productions have been working on this project for some time now, and the creators are hoping to wrap up the bulk of their shooting at the event on October 13th.

Christine Sutherland, of Sutherland Productions, says while COVID-19 safety guidelines will limit the number of people allowed to attend the evening event, anyone interested in participating virtually can do so via Zoom.

“Because only 50 people are allowed in the gym, I’m hoping to fill a wall with Zoom faces,” said Sutherland, who has been working hard to raise money for the wheelchairs that will stay in the Energetic City.

Sutherland says, after working on this project for the last three years, she’s come to appreciate all the subtle things that make Bo great.

To participate in the evening event as a Zoom participant on October 13th at 6:30 p.m., click on the Zoom link and enter the password Wheels.

A preview video of the feature documentary: Dream Big – Fort St. John to Tokyo can be seen below.