Marc Dorion, sledge hockey

Marc Dorion, 26, right, began playing sledge hockey at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, at the encouragement of his doctors. He was born with spina bifida. (Courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)

At the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino, Marc Dorion was Canada’s second leading scorer and the team’s youngest member at age 19. Though disappointed with Canada’s fourth place finish at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games four years later, he believes sledge hockey has come a long way in terms of public awareness since he first joined the national team at age 16.

Dorion feels fortunate to have benefited from playing with Canadian sledge hockey legends Hervé Lord, Jean Labonté and Todd Nicholson in his early years on the team; all three set an example for how to behave both on and off the ice. Dorion hopes to take on a similar mentoring role among younger players heading into Sochi 2014. 

Dorion's determination and strong work ethic earned him a spot on the Team Canada. He is described as a fearless player on the ice and plays physically, driven by the goal of winning gold at every tournament.

In the summer, the two-time world champion trains with 2008 Paralympic adaptive rower Peter Morel, who runs TopShape Fitness Studio in Ottawa.

After growing up in Bourget, Ont., Dorion studied criminology at the University of Ottawa. Marc gets his inspiration from his parents and role models: his mother Connie and his father Roch, a volunteer firefighter in Bourget who is also a hockey player and served as the team’s equipment manager in 2006.

Dorion was born with spina bifida which resulted in paralysis in his legs.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee