Athletes

My name is Pamela LeJean. I was born on a small island called Cape Breton in Northern Nova Scotia. I was an elementary, junior high and high school athlete and very close to my family. In my senior year of high school I was hurt in a car accident and was told I would never walk again. That sucked. But I learned to drive again, I graduated from high school with my friends, on time, with honours and went on to do the same in University. I started a grown-up life, I moved a few hours away to Halifax on my own, did motivation talks at schools, got a great dog. But I couldn't find that thing...Read more

I’m 28 years old, I live with a spinal cord injury and I compete in the sport of para-athletics (wheelchair racing) in 100m, 200m,  and 400m T-53 classification. My primary focus is the 100m and 400m as the 200m is a non Paralympic Event and I am getting back into racing the 800m.

I was injured while training for a motocross race on August 20th, 2006. Shortly after acquiring my spinal cord injury I set a goal to regain my life and to achieve every goal I set for myself. For the first five years post injury I continued to race ATVs, played wheelchair basketball, competed...Read more

I am a para-athlete who learned everything I needed to be hard working and dedicated in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where I grew up. I cultivated toughness at a young age by playing every sport I could, especially hockey.

It was during one of my years playing Jr. C hockey that I got into a car accident and sustained a C7/C8 level injury, leaving me a...Read more

Wes Vick is a Competitor.  Growing up in Southwestern Ontario, Wes was an avid soccer and hockey player, spending all of his time outside of school either on the field or on the ice. After a 2003 motor vehicle accident which left him a paraplegic, Wes felt a void in his life and wanted to get back into competitive sport.  After a few years of trying various para-sports such as basketball and sledge hockey, Wes attended a para-athletics ‘try it’ camp and was hooked.

Training twice a day, six times a week, and, under the guidance of Ueli Albert, Wes has competed in multiple Canadian...Read more

Hi, my name is Brett. I grew up in Kingston Ontario my whole life. I was a force to be reckoned with in the sport of trampoline gymnastics. By the age of 14 I was a member of the National team. I competed in competitions all around the world from places like New Zealand, Russia and Japan. I sustained my spinal cord injury after I moved to Edmonton to further my trampoline. It was there in 2012 that my neck was broken. Recollecting my thoughts in the hospital, instantaneously I knew had to pick myself up, dust it off and shift focus to becoming a new athlete. I have the foundation and...Read more

I am sixteen years old and unlike most para-athletes, I have always been in a wheelchair. I was born with Spina Bifida in Saint John but currently reside in Shediac Cape, N.B. I live at home with my four siblings. My family has been a great support along this journey I am on. Before I started this journey I remember watching my siblings play their sports, to be honest I felt envious. I saw them set goals, work hard and excel at what they were involved in. I wanted that for myself.  When I was eleven, one of the mothers of the children on my brother’s track team told me of this new program...Read more

I was born as a normal child but when I was seven, I wanted to ease myself at night and I discovered that I could not move any longer. So I started shouting. My father was not at home but my step-mother was. I was the only daughter then and I had a personal room. So everybody ran out and came to meet me. I told them my story and my brother tried to help me stand up. He tried three times but I couldn’t stand up. That was how I had the disability.
Were you able to cope initially?
Because I was very young, I couldn’t go to school for some years because of...Read more

My name is Casey Perrin, I am 22 years old, originally from Oxford, Nova Scotia but now living in Halifax. I graduated with honors from Oxford Regional Education Center in 2010. In 2011 I graduated with honors with a certificate in Office Administration from Nova Scotia Comminjuty College. In June of 2011 I was involved in an ATV accident resulting in paraplegia and traumatic brain injury. Currently I am a student in the Bachelor of Arts program at Mount Saint Vincent University. In high school I was active in sports, I played point guard on our basketball team, which won provincials I...Read more

Hello my name is Trevor Seyforth I am 25 years old. I was born in Kentville Nova Scotia and I was born with a disability called Cerebral palsy which affects both my legs. When I was younger I had a hard time getting around, running and jumping was really hard. I've had two surgeries, one when I was 6 years old one when I was 14 years old and if I didn't have those I would have been in a wheelchair today. I really enjoy playing sports but was never able to participate properly  in school because I had a hard time keeping up with the other kids. In 2011 I started going to the gym and I met a...Read more