Full Name: John Leslie
Hometown: Arnprior, ON
Residence: Whistler, BC
Stance on board: Regular
Sponsors: Union Binding co., Sandbox, Capita, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Rude Boys skate shop, Landyachtz, Airblaster
In 2014, John Leslie competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, his first Paralympics, and posted Canada’s best snowboard result with a seventh-place in the men’s snowboard cross. It was the sport’s official debut at the Games.
Leslie headed to Sochi in a strong position, having won his first career IPC World Cup medal, a bronze, on January 18, 2014 at Copper Mountain, Colorado. Leslie followed that exhilarating milestone by winning a second IPC World Cup bronze medal the very next day, also at Copper Mountain.
At the 2017 World Championships at Big White in B.C., in January 2017, Leslie placed fifth in the banked slalom, his best result in three world championship appearances.
Leslie is currently living in Whistler with his girlfriend Emilie and dog Zak and training full time for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, to be held in South Korea. Leslie has noticed an incredible progression in Para-snowboarding since he started competing, with the sport making appearances at the X Games, Dew Tour, and having the added discipline of banked slalom included in the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games schedule.
A proud product of the small town of Arnprior, Ont, he trained with the Ottawa Akademy Club and Arnprior District High School teams at Mount Pakenham. Leslie raced able-bodied snowboard events for four years with Arnprior District High School. After graduation, his high school coach suggested he try Para-snowboard.
In 2014, he was one of the featured athletes for Petro-Canada’s Face-to- Face TV ad campaign. In 2017, was featured in King Snow Snowboard Magazine “the Drive” series and was a featured athlete as part of CBC Sports’ “Beautiful Bodies” segment.
Leslie has a below the knee amputation, a result of a cancer diagnosed when he was 10.
- Canadian Champion Speed Nation Nationals (Para) 2015-2016
- 2nd Para SBX Aspen Snowmass NORAM 2015-2016
- 4th Para SBX Trentino World Cup 2015-2016
- 4th Para SBX Big White World Cup 2015-2016
- 5th Para BSL Landgraaf World Cup 2015-2016
Cancer took John’s leg when he was 10 years old. The following winter snowboarding changed his life. The Ottawa native is a snowboard Paralympian preparing to represent Canada in the 2018 games. This is his inspirational story, and this is his Family.