Alex Massie has already tasted international success in his Para snowboarding career and hopes to make his biggest impact yet at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Massie has practiced snowboarding since his youth but a wakeboarding accident in 2011 resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee, which changed his plans.
Before the accident, hockey was the focus. He spent nine years playing hockey at the “A” and “AA” levels, winning a couple of York Simcoe championships along the way. He was also on the school football team at Barrie North Junior High.
Massie returned to snowboarding after his accident and adapted so well to his prosthetic leg that he decided to pursue a competitive career in the sport. In addition, in 2013, Massie returned football with the Barrie North Collegiate Sr. Wildcats and was a starter on the offensive line.
In 2014, Massie won gold at the Alberta Provincials and the Canadian Para- Snowboard Championships. In 2015 he completed his first full competitive Para-snowboard season.
Massie has consistently maintained himself among the world’s top five, including bronze medals at the 2015 world championships and X Games. In 2016, he captured two more bronze medals at IPC Snowboard World Cup events in Trentino, Italy and again at Big White. To top this, he took silver at the X Games.
In January 2017, Massie was fourth in snowboardcross and sixth in banked slalom at the 2017 world championships held at Big White, B.C.
- 2nd Para SBX X Games Aspen 2015-2016
- 3rd Speed Nation Nationals (Para) 2015-2016
- 3rd Para BSL Big White World Cup 2015-2016
- 3rd Para SBX Trentino World Cup 2015-2016
The Canadian Paralympic Snowboard Team traveled to Mt. Bachelor to compete in the 9th annual Dirksen Derby, and tell their powerful story of how they overcame their darkest days.