Matt Olson: Athlete and Motorized Wheelchair User

As an athlete, Matt Olson knows the challenges that players and sports teams face in overcoming adversity. Their drive inspires him and gives him determination in his own life.


Living with a spinal cord injury can be difficult for many. His personal experiences have opened Matt’s eyes to the importance of raising awareness regarding the challenges spinal cord injury patients face. Matt supports the Jack Jablonski Foundation, a non-profit charity that supports research and treatments to help individuals living with spinal cord injuries. Jack Jablonski was left a quadriplegic after being hit during a high school hockey game, an experience that is extremely familiar to Matt.

At 20 years old, Matt sustained a spinal cord injury while playing ice hockey.

“I lost my edge and fell headfirst into the boards,” Matt said.

Now using a power wheelchair for mobility, Matt has regained his edge. A Quantum Edge 3 with iLevel®, that is!

With 12 inches of elevation on his motorized wheelchair, Matt has greater access to the world around him. The ability to drive 4.5 mph is a bonus! The Edge 3 has other great features that help Matt in his every day life.

“I like the suspension and the Bluetooth technology,” Matt said. “The Bluetooth has given me independence; I can use my phone and computer without assistance.”

His Edge 3 gives Matt the independence he needs to do all the things he loves. He still loves hockey and enjoys deer hunting.

For Matt, nothing is better than being outdoors, which is why he is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science at Anoka Ramsey Community College.