Jean-Philippe Maranda was encouraged by legendary Paralympic athletics coach Jean Laroche to get into wheelchair racing. It appears to be a great decision as Miranda has gradually improved after taking up the sport in 2010.

In 2015, he won his first international medal at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with a bronze in the 100-metre event. He also raced in three events at the 2013 and 2015 IPC World Championships.

Before his car accident in 2007, Maranda was the Canadian weightlifting record holder at clean and jerk in 2006. At that time, he was ranked first Canadian overall. He earned a spot on the national para-athletics team after two years of wheelchair racing.

Career highlights

  • 2015 Parapan Am Games.
  • 2013, 2015 World Championships.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee