John Leslie, para-snowboarder

John Leslie enters his first Paralympic Games just as his sport, para-snowboarding, also makes its Paralympic debut. (Canadian Paralympic Committee)

John Leslie, 21, heads to Sochi for his first Paralympic Games in a strong position, having recently won his first career IPC World Cup medal, a bronze, on January 18 at Copper Mountain, Colo. He won his second IPC World Cup medal, another bronze, the following day, again at Copper.

He will be one of the first snowboarders to compete at a Paralympic Games when para-snowboarding makes its Paralympic debut on March 14.

Born in Winnipeg, John now lives in Arnprior, Ont. He trains with the Ottawa Akademy Club and Arnprior District High School teams, and at Mount Pakenham, located 20 kilometres south of Arnprior.

Off the snow, John can be found with friends on a bike, a skateboard, on water, or working his way back to the mountains. He also studies small business management at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

John has a below the knee amputation, a result of a cancer diagnosed when he was 10.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee