Brad Bowden

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Brad Bowden saved his best for last at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi.  He collected the winning goal and two assists in the third place game to lead Canada to a 3-0 victory over Norway for the bronze.  He was among Canada’s top scorers in the Paralympic tournament with five points in five games.

Bowden has represented Canada at three Paralympic Winter Games, one Paralympic Summer Games and six IPC World Championships. He is a three-time world champion and also helped Canada to Paralympic gold in 2006 and fourth place in 2010. A member of the national sledge team since 1999, he missed the 2002 Paralympics due to a thumb injury.

In 2006, he scored the winning goal against Norway in the gold medal final at the Turin Paralympic Winter Games. His grandmother Colleen Nelson, whom he calls the most influential person in his career, passed away soon after those Games. Says Bowden, “I never wanted to get out of the house to try sledge hockey but she forced me to go. She knew me better than anybody.”

In 2010, he was named Most Valuable Player at the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and became the first Paralympian to be inducted to the Orangeville Hall of Fame. 

In 2013, Bowden savored victory at three tournaments: the World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Toronto, the Four Nations Tournament in Sochi and the IPC World Championships in Goyang, South Korea. In 2012, he was a silver medallist at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge and collected bronze at the worlds.

Bowden was also previously a member of Canada’s wheelchair basketball team, earning gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens and 2006 World Cup. He was born with sacral agenesis, a spinal deformity.  He studied design and visual arts at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont.


A three-time world champion….2006 Paralympic champion… MVP 2010 Paralympic Games…Bronze medallist at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.


FAMILY: Son of Gerald and Colleen … Has one sister, Tara

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He took up the sport with the Kitchener Sidewinders in 1991, playing in goal with able-bodied children. He was introduced to sledge hockey four years later.

ODDS AND ENDS: Favorite athletes are Bobby Orr as well as childhood friend and Canadian wheelchair basketball player Patrick Anderson… The gymnasium at East Garafraxa Public School in Ontario, Canada, where he was once the only student in a wheelchair, was renamed after him.



2006 Torino ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedgold
2004 Athens ParalympicsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Mengold
2007 Rio Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Mensilver
2014 Sochi ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedbronze


Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 3
2010 Vancouver Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 4
2006 Torino Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 1
2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics Sledge Hockey Ice Sledge Hockey - Mixed 4
Games Sport Event Result
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Men 2
Games Sport Event Result
2004 Athens Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Men 1