Adam Dixon, sledge hockey

Adam Dixon, 24, took up sledge hockey at age 11 after a friend's recommendation. He'd had his right tibia removed a year earlier. (Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Adam Dixon, 24, grew up playing ice hockey with the dream, like many kids, of playing in the National Hockey League. He played every season at the AAA level as a youngster, but at age 10 he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma. The rare cancer led to the removal of his right tibia, which was replaced with a donor bone, a metal plate and multiple screws.

Determined to pursue his hockey career, he found ice sledge hockey appealing following his treatment for bone cancer. He took up the sport at age 11 with the Elmvale Bears in Elmvale, Ont., 26 kilometres of Barrie. By 17, he was invited to try out for the national team, and officially joined the squad for the 2006-07 season.

Career highlights include being named the defensive MVP at the 2008 IPC World Championships and scoring the winning shoot-out goal for Canada at the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, held in Vancouver. The goal sealed the home team’s victory over the United States in Canada’s first nationally televised ice sledge hockey match. A year later, he was on Team Canada in Vancouver at the Winter 2010 Paralympics.

In 2013, he helped Canada to gold at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge, scoring a goal in Canada’s 3-1 victory over the U.S., in the final, as well as winning gold at the IPC World Championships.

He studied electrical engineering and has worked in the metering department for PowerStream, an electricity distribution company in Ontario since 2012. He studied electrical engineering at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. In 2004 he appeared in a five-part documentary on children surviving cancer, called Cancer Kids Fighting and Winning

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee