Adrian (Dudz) Dudzicki
Born: December 26, 1989 (Latina, Italy)
Died: November 20, 2013 (Toronto)
Adrian Dudzicki’s dream was to compete in squash at the 2015 Pan American Games to be held in Toronto in 2015. He took up the sport with his father at age 14. After moving to Toronto from his home in Ottawa, he was so broke he lived at the National Squash Academy for six weeks. His dedication to the sport made Dudz something of a mascot with the staff. Described as “a warrior on the court,” he had been ranked No. 9 in Canada in men’s open singles in 2012. He won the provincial singles title in Ontario that year, during which he also attained No. 136 in the Professional Squash Association’s world rankings. Dudzicki was cycling to the academy in Toronto when he was struck and killed by a car whose driver was charged with dangerous driving and criminal negligence causing death. Dudzicki was 23.