Vern Martel


AKA: One Armed Bandit
Location: Prince George, British Columbia
Nation: Métis
Weight class: 90 kg
Club: Prince George Iron Arms Club

Vern Martel won his first tournament at 13 and was winning international titles by his 20s, but his career seemed over after a devastating motorcycle accident in 1984 left him with a paralyzed arm. Against all odds, he came back to win a dozen more world titles, and now faces his biggest challenge yet: returning to the table after a fierce battle with cancer.