Jason Dunkerley

Jason Dunkerley

Jason Dunkerley was born blind and began running in elementary school, but it wasn’t until he was in high school that he became serious about competing. After moving to Hamilton from Northern Ireland, Dunkerley attended the W. Ross Macdonald School for Students who are Visually Impaired, Blind and Deafblind, where students were encouraged to get involved in sports.

Dunkerley has represented Canada at four Paralympic Games and with guide Greg Dailey raced to a silver medal in Sydney 2000, a silver in Athens in 2004 and a bronze in Beijing in 2008. In 2012 with Josh Karanja he won silver in the 5000m and bronze in the 1500m.

He has also raced at four IPC World Championships, winning silver in 2015 in the 5000m with guide Josh Karanja, gold in 2011 in the 800m, double gold in 2006 in both the 800m and 1500m, and gold in 2002 in the 1500m. 

At the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio, Dunkerley won gold in both the 800m and 1500m. At the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, he won a silver medal in the 1500m and a bronze medal in the 5000m. In Toronto at the 2015 Parapan American Games he took gold in the 5000m and silver inthe 1500 with Karanja.

He is the current Canadian record holder for the T11 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

Having a supportive family, friends, coaches, teammates and community is incredibly important to Dunkerley and he is grateful for all of this. He lives in Ottawa, Ont., with his wife Colleen.

His brother, Jon Dunkerley, was also a member of the para-athletics team for London 2012.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics5000m - Mengold
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics1500m - Mensilver
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics5000m - Mensilver
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsAthletics1500m - Mensilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Mensilver
2000 Sydney ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Mensilver
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Menbronze
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsAthletics5000m - Menbronze
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics1500m - Menbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 5000m - Men 1
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 1500m - Men 2
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Athletics 1500m - Men 2
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Athletics 5000m - Men 3
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Athletics 800m - Men 1
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Athletics 1500m - Men 1
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Men 3
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 5000m - Men 2
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 4 x 100m Relay - Men 6
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 800m - Men 10
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Men 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 800m - Men 9
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Men 2
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 800m - Men 6
2000 Sydney Paralympics Athletics 1500m - Men 2