Jason Dunkerley

Jason Dunkerley
Veteran runner Jason Dunkerley will look to extend his medal run as he makes his fifth Paralympic appearance in Rio. (Dan Galbraith/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Veteran middle-distance runner Jason Dunkerley was born blind and began running in elementary school, but it wasn't until he was in high school that he became serious about competing. 

Dunkerley has so far represented Canada at four Paralympic Games and has won five medals. With guide Greg Dailey, he raced to silver medals in 2000 and 2004 and bronze in 2008, all in the 1500-metre. At London 2012, paired with guide Joshua Karanja, Dunkerley won bronze in the 1500 as well as silver in the 5000.

He has also reached the podium at in his four IPC World Championships appearances with four gold and a silver overall.

Dunkerley's medal tally at three Parapan American Games is equally impressive with six podium appearances including gold in the 5000m and silver in the 1500m with guide Josh Karanja.

Career highlights​

  • 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • 2007, 2011, 2015 Parapan Am Games. 
  • 2002, 2006, 2011, 2015 IPC World Championships. 

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee