John Leslie competed at his first Paralympics Games in 2014 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.
Leslie is currently living in Ottawa where he studies business. He trains with the Ottawa Akademy Club and Arnprior District High School teams at Mount Pakenham.
Off the snow, Leslie can be found with friends on a bike, a skateboard, on water, or working his way back to the mountains.
Leslie has a below the knee amputation, a result of a cancer diagnosed when he was 10.
Para-snowboarding was included in the Paralympic Games for the first time in Sochi.
It was officially added in May 2012 after years of effort on the part of Canada Snowboard and the rest of the snowboarding community.
FAMILY: Credits his mom Carolyn, dad Tim and sister Alex for helping him be the person he is today.
GETTING INTO THE SPORT: Raced able-bodied events for four years with Arnprior District High School… after graduation, high school coach suggest he try para-snowboard… in 2011 at age 18, saved up his money and went to a World Cup in Lake Louise to give it a try... Placed first in Canada and fifth overall and loved the experience.
ODDS AND ENDS: The small town of Arnprior, Ontario, has been a strong supporter of Leslie’s quest to compete in Sochi... Arnprior Home Hardware owner Neil Slater has believed in Leslie all the way, both as an employer and a friend.
2014 Sochi Paralympics
Snowboard Cross - Men