Ian Lockey, snowboarder

Ian Lockey is the only athlete on the Canadian para-snowboard team headed to Sochi with previous Paralympic Games experience. In 2010, he raced on the para-nordic team. (Canadian Paralympic Committee)

From snowboarding to mountain biking to surfing, Ian Lockey’s life has always revolved around enjoying sports and going fast. At age 25, a serious crash while snowboarding in New Zealand resulted in a severed spinal cord and minor head injury. Lockey is now a standing paraplegic with 50 per cent use of muscles from the waist down.

“It has left me a little physically different, but no less amped or keen,” he says.

Lockey grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and moved to Rossland, B.C., 12 years ago. He got involved with the Canadian Snowboard Federation Adaptive Snowboarding Program in 2006 and hasn’t looked back.

Performance highlights include first overall at the 2009/2010 USASA Nationals, third in the 2010 Para-Snowboard World Cup at Mont-Tremblant, Que., and third in the 2009 Para-Snowboard World Championship in New Zealand. He also competed at the 2011 Winter Adaptive X Games at Copper Mountain, Colo., though a shoulder injury kept him from finishing.

In May 2012 it was announced that snowboarding would be included in the Sochi Paralympics in 2014. Lockey calls this “a dream come true for me and my fellow teammates, adaptive athletes and all those who have supported us along the way!”

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee