11/21/2013 07:26 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Elite Ottawa squash player killed while cycling in Toronto

A 23-year-old Ottawa squash player is dead after he was struck while cycling to train in Toronto Wednesday morning.

Squash Canada said Adrian Dudzicki was biking to the National Squash Academy at northern Toronto's Downsview Park when he was hit.

Calling him a “rising squash star” in a news release, Squash Canada said Dudzicki was born in Italy and was raised playing squash at the Ottawa Athletic Club.

He was ranked as high as ninth in rankings for Canada’s men’s open singles and reached 136th in the Professional Squash Association’s world rankings, according to Squash Canada.

Dudzicki also won the Canadian College and University squash championship while at the University of Ottawa.

Squash Canada said he had been training in Toronto for the last few years and had recently taken time away from the game to work, hoping to save enough money to try and make it in the Professional Squash Association.

“He was a true free spirit who lived his life the way he wanted,” said Johnny Wilson, who taught Dudzicki at the Ottawa Athletic Club.

“He was admired. He was loved and will be deeply missed.”