Josh Cassidy

Josh Cassidy
Josh Cassidy enters the Rio Paralympics as one of Canada's most accomplished para-athletes. (Dan Galbraith/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

One of Canada's most successful international wheelchair racers, Josh Cassidy added three silver medals to his collection in 2015 at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. He was second in the T54 800-metre, 1500 and 5000.

Cassidy was born in Ottawa and grew up living across Canada while his father worked in the military until settling in Port Elgin, Ont. He grew up as the eldest of 10 children and played sports from an early age. Cassidy's idol growing up was Patrick Roy. He learned how to adapt and play goalie in hockey, his number one love in sports.

Cassidy's legs were partially paralyzed as a result of neuroblastoma in the spine and abdomen as an infant. Paralympian Jeff Adams inspired Cassidy to participate in wheelchair racing with his performances at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

Rio 2016 is Cassidy's third Paralympic Games appearance.

Career highlights

  • World's fastest marathon at the 2012 Boston Marathon (1:18:25).
  • Won the 2010 London Marathon, 2012 Boston Marathon and 2012 Chicago Marathon.
  • 25-time Canadian champion.
  • 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015 IPC World Championships.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee