Eddie McGuire Meet the Guy Who Change Power Soccer Forever

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Meet Ed McGuire. Born and raised in Arizona, he lives with cerebral palsy. Upon first sight, many people dismiss him because of his spastic movements and the difficulty in deciphering his speech. However, if you spend enough time with him, the words become easier to understand. More importantly, you discover that beneath the surface is a man full of ideas to make the world more inclusive for people with disabilities. One of his ideas would revolutionize an adaptive sport for thousands of athletes around the world. Ed McGuire was a power soccer athlete who traveled the world and found success at the highest level of competition as a member of the 2007 World Cup championship team. Despite reaching the summit of the sport, he became increasingly frustrated with the limitations of equipment. Coupling his natural abilities with his knowledge of engineering, he envisioned a wheelchair specifically for power soccer. At the outset, he had no way to take this idea from his brain to the court. That all changed when he moved to Minnesota in 2011 to work at Power Soccer Shop. With the company’s manufacturing resources at his disposal, he collaborated with Senior Technician Milt Tuttle and owner Brian Akre to make this concept a reality. When the Strike Force was unveiled, it was unlike any other power wheelchair, with its wide wheel base and elongated foot guard. At first, it was met with a bit of skepticism. Any negative perceptions quickly shifted when early adopters demonstrated the chair’s unrivaled, high-performance abilities. Soon, the top power soccer athletes around the world were competing in the Strike Force. Today, the chair is seen flying across power soccer courts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Since its introduction in 2012, the Strike Force has transformed the game of power soccer. The chair allows athletes to perform at a speed and intensity that could never be achieved with other power wheelchairs, which were never designed for sport. With so many athletes now using the same world-class equipment, power soccer has truly evolved into a sport that focuses on the best athletes and teams, not who has the best power wheelchair. When discussing the fundamental reason for developing the chair, McGuire states: Rather than having to psychologically adjust for the lack of responsiveness in every other power chair out there, the Strike Force does exactly what the driver wants, when they want to. When you take away the need to mentally compensate for the chair’s shortcomings, you take away the chair. When you take away the chair, you take away the disability. All you are left with is a “player.” Today, McGuire once again lives in Arizona and has retired from playing power soccer. The next journey in his life is well underway. McGuire remains active working on new ideas to make the world accessible to everyone. In a recent conversation, he hinted his next idea will have an even greater impact than the Strike Force. We asked him for a few details, but he hesitated to divulge any information at the moment. Regardless of which problem McGuire decides to solve, if his prediction is correct, his next creation will have the capacity to be another game changer. 


Story By Tony Jackson
Photo by Loren Worthington.

Kevin Gannon Represents Ireland in Power Soccer


My Power Soccer Career and the difference it has made to my life.


Power Soccer is my world, my passion, my life, I started player power soccer when I was 9 years old and from the start I loved it.

When I was 3 years old I was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, I walked until I was 6 Years old and then I fell and broke my leg and due to my muscles deteriorate too much while I was recovering from a broken leg, I never walked again.
I went into a manual wheelchair full time but as time went on I could no longer propel a manual wheelchair myself so I progressed to a power wheelchair, this opened up a whole new world to me, I could now keep up with the kids in the school yard, it also opened the door to Power Soccer.

When I started playing power Soccer we played with plastic boxes, that was attached to our chairs with cable ties, this proved very problematic as the boxes would break due to clashing, but still I enjoyed it, then my Cousin made me a steel Guard finally I was able to hit the ball much better but still using an everyday chair wasn’t ideal, I was playing a match one day and my chair over turned leaving me with 3 Stiches in my ear, a chipped bone in my foot and a buckled bone in my shoulder, so my mum decided it was time to get a proper sports chair as my everyday chair wasn’t safe to play in.

Finally I got a storm competition chair with a French style guard this was amazing I was able to do 360 degree hits on the ball and make it travel much further, I couldn’t believe my progress, I was over the moon. This is when I was selected for Ireland under 18’s to take part in a tournament in Paris in 2013, I was so excited, it was a fantastic tournament and then to top it all off I was capped for playing for my country, this was the proudest moment of my life, it was a fantastic achievement and one I will remember for a long time.

These days things have gone to a whole new level with the addition of the Strike Force chair, I managed to get one a few months back, as my local community, friends and family done several fundraising events to raise the money and I can’t thank them enough but I really can’t believe the difference, it’s an amazing chair from speed, to quick response, to power, I love it and the difference it has made to my game is unbelievable. I was selected as part of the 2017 world cup squad but unfortunately I didn’t make the final cut but I am still so proud of my achievements throughout my Power Soccer Career.

Power soccer opened up so many doors to me, I have made so many good friends, I have travelled to so many brilliant places and met so many lovely people along the way, I still play for the same team I started off with, we have just had some name changes over the years. I hope to continue playing Power Soccer for many years yet, Power soccer is not only a great sport but also a great social outlet.

By Kevin Gannon

 — with Kevin Gannon and Donal Byrne.