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Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection

The Canadian Museum of History is proud to announce the acquisition of the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection. Spanning Hansen’s early athletic career and life on Tour, the collection includes 1,700 artifacts, and thousands of behind-the-scenes videos, photographs and documents.

Donated by Rick Hansen to the Museum in May 2020, this important collection reflects the unparalleled achievement of a Canadian hero, and his activism for greater access and inclusion for people with disabilities.


“Great societies become greater when everyone has equal access, is fully engaged, and can realize their potential.” — Rick Hansen

Man In Motion World Tour

People in wheelchairs and on bicycles on the paved road
Photo: Courtesy of the Rick Hansen Foundation

In March 1985, Canadian Paralympian and Olympian Rick Hansen set out on a journey that would make history. Hansen’s dream for the Man In Motion Tour was to make the world accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities, and to fund research for a cure for paralysis. After an epic 26-month, 40,000 kilometre journey around the world in his wheelchair, Rick and his team completed the Tour and arrived home in Vancouver on May 22, 1987.

 

The Collection

The Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection contains thousands of artifacts and photographs documenting Hansen’s early athletic career as a Paralympic and Olympic athlete, through to the worldwide Man In Motion World Tour. Click through this album to view highlights from the Collection, including adaptive clothing and equipment custom made for Rick Hansen, objects and materials used on the Tour and gifts received by Hansen from icons like Bobby Orr and other supporters.

 

The Collection in Photos

“I am driven by a deep passion and need to make a difference and leave this world a little better than when I arrived. That’s what keeps me going.” — Rick Hansen

An Afternoon With Rick Hansen, May 22, 2020

On May 22, 2020, the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection was officially donated to the Canadian Museum of History during the exclusive online event, An Afternoon With Rick Hansen. In conversation with Dr. Jenny Ellison, Curator of Sports and Leisure at the Museum, Hansen shared behind-the-scenes stories from the Tour, and reflected upon key objects that shaped his journey.

Guests included Hansen’s wife, Amanda (Reid) Hansen, along with video messages from Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History; Darrell Fox, The Terry Fox Research Institute; Nancy Thompson, Home Team and Road Crew, Man in Motion World Tour; John Parr, singer/songwriter of the hit song St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion); The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion.

Do you have photos and stories about the Man In Motion World Tour? Rick Hansen would love to hear from you.

Contact the Rick Hansen Foundation

 

Additional Videos

Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History

Darrell Fox, The Terry Fox Research Institute

Nancy Thompson, Home Team and Road Crew, Man in Motion World Tour

John Parr, singer/songwriter of the hit song St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

 

Rick Hansen Foundation

For more than three decades, the Rick Hansen Foundation has been dedicated to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all, by removing barriers for people with disabilities. Hansen and the Foundation are dedicated to raising awareness, changing attitudes, helping create accessible spaces, and liberating the potential of people with disabilities.

Through his ongoing work as Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, Rick Hansen’s dream of creating a world without barriers continues.

Please visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website to learn more about the great work being done to build a more accessible world.

Logo - Rick Hansen Foundation

 

Rick Hansen and the Canadian History Hall

Rick Hansen with a glove from the Man in Motion World Tour

Photo: Courtesy of the Rick Hansen Foundation

In 2017, Rick Hansen donated a glove from the Man in Motion World Tour to the Canadian Museum of History. The glove is now featured in the Canadian History Hall, where it has become a popular draw with visitors from around the world.

 


Photo at top of page:
Rick Hansen crossing the 12,000 mile mark just outside of Kingston, Australia in 1986.
Courtesy of the Rick Hansen Foundation