Tyler Mosher, snowboarder

Tyler Mosher played rugby and football for most of his life. And though it was while snowboarding that he injured his spinal cord and became partly paralyzed below the waist, it's as a snowboarder that he's won five World Cup medals and a world championship. (Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Tyler Mosher, a walking paraplegic, is a Vancouver 2010 Paralympian in para-nordic skiing, the 2009 world champion in para-snowboard and a 2014 Paralympian for para-snowboard.

A spinal cord injury while snowboarding on Dec. 30, 2000 left Mosher 40 per cent paralyzed below the waist. It took him two years to learn to walk again, and although at first he wasn’t able to walk in the deep snow of his hometown of Whistler, B.C., he was able to begin cross-country skiing. He also pursued yoga as a form of rehabilitation to improve his quality of life through sports and healthy living. Around this time, Mosher also helped develop snowboarding for people with a disability both in Canada and around the world.

By 2005, Mosher was back on a snowboard, proving anything is possible if you are willing to try your best, ask for help when needed and keep a positive outlook on life.

In 2007, para-snowboard became a national team sport and since then he has won a world championship title, many World Cups, national titles and participated in the first X Games Snowboard Cross for standing athletes.

Mosher  won the first Adaptive Snowboard World Cup in 2008 and was a founding board member of the Whistler Adaptive Sport Program. He placed fourth at the Winter Adaptive X Games in Aspen, Colo. in 2011.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee