Greg Westlake

Greg Westlake


Greg Westlake competed at his third Paralympic Games in 2014 and collected a second career Paralympic medal as Canada won the bronze.  Westlake finished the Sochi Paralympic Games tournament with four points in five games including an assist on Billy Bridges’ insurance goal in the bronze medal game 3-0 victory over Norway.

Westlake joined the national team in 2003 and has been a major force on the squad ever since. He’s played in five IPC World Championships and two Paralympic Games. At the 2013 IPC World Championships, he was named the Best Forward in the A Pool. He earned five goals and three assists at the tournament as Canada won its first world crown since 2008. At the 2008 worlds, he collected six goals and nine assists for 15 points in six games. Westlake scored the game-winning goal with just eight seconds to go to defeat Norway in the gold medal showdown.

His Paralympic Games appearances are the highlights of his career so far. Canada took gold at the 2006 Games in Turin and while the fourth place at Vancouver 2010 was disappointing, Westlake, like the rest of his teammates, was thrilled to play on the sport’s biggest stage at home. He was named captain of the Canadian ice sledge hockey team in October 2010.

In addition to sledge hockey he is an excellent hand cyclist and practices the sport in the off-season to build upper body strength. In 2011 he set an arm-powered world speed record in hand cycling and holds two land records.

Westlake had both legs amputated below the knee at age 18 months. When he was born his feet were malformed and were never going to be fully functional. The technical term is congenital bilateral below knee amputee. He began playing sledge hockey with the Mississauga Cruisers in 2001 and made his debut in 2003 with Team Canada at the age of 17. 

Career Highlights

Bronze medal at 2014 Paralympic Winter Games… World champion in 2008 and 2013… Paralympic champion in 2006.


FAMILY:  Son of Jim and Deb… has a brother and two sisters… Scott Westlake, Westlake’s older brother, was an active athlete and sparked Westlake’s love for the game of hockey.

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: He began playing sledge hockey in 2001 for the Mississauga Cruisers.

ODDS AND ENDS: …Enjoys golf and hit a hole-in-one at age 15…. Favorite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs… Favorite player is NHL star Mike Richards… In 2013 became the first Paralympic athlete to be featured in Procter & Gamble Canada (P&G)’s “Raising an Olympian” series of videos featuring Sochi hopefuls and their mothers.


2006 Torino ParalympicsSledge HockeyIce Sledge Hockey - Mixedgold
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