Meet the Demo Team

Rod Bitz


Rod became a quadriplegic after a car accident that was the result of drinking and driving. This is Rod’s fifth season on the BC Development Team. When he’s not playing wheelchair rugby, Rod is a weight-room attendant and a personal trainer with the City of Surrey. Rod encourages students to STOP and THINK when faced with potentially dangerous situations and make smart choices.

Byron Green


Byron broke his neck nine years ago in a mountain biking accident. After finishing high school in his hometown of Courtenay, he moved to Vancouver to attend the Civil Engineering program at UBC and was introduced to wheelchair rugby by Duncan Campbell, the inventor of the sport. Five years later, Byron has graduated and is pursuing his dream of playing for the Canadian national team. This year, he came one step closer when he was named to the Canadian national development team. Byron tells students to play safe and maintain a positive attitude when pursuing their goals.

Ryan Schwiezer


Ryan has been on the BC wheelchair rugby team for seven years. In 2000, Ryan was injured in a diving accident and became a quadriplegic. He is currently studying psychology at SFU and enjoys spending time with his family and friends and playing tennis, table tennis, road hockey. Ryan’s message is to play safe and think before you act.

Mike Jacobsen


Mike has played wheelchair rugby on the provincial team since 2001. He was injured in a motor vehicle accident 19 years ago that was the result of drinking and driving. Some of Mike’s other interests include coaching his son’s football team and racing his car at Mission Raceway. Mike’s classification is a 0.5, the lowest in wheelchair rugby. This means that he has less function than others on his team. Mike tells students to be careful in traffic, avoid drinking and driving and make smart choices. 

The Demo Team in Action