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 2011 at age 18, Leslie saved up his money and went to a Para snowboard World Cup in Lake Louise to give it a try. He placed first in Canada and fifth overall and loved the experience. His hometown of Arnprior has been a strong supporter of Leslie’s athletic quests. Arnprior Home Hardware owner Neil Slater has believed in Leslie all the way, both as an employer and a friend.
Leslie has a below the knee amputation, a result of a cancer diagnosed when he was 10.
Three-time world championships team member… Competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games… Participated in Dew Tour 2016.
Credits his mom Carolyn, dad Tim and sister Alex for helping him be the person he is today… 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.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2017 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 11th
2017 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 5th
2016 IPC Trentino World Cup final – snowboardcross – 4th
2016 IPC Trentino World Cup final – banked slalom – 4th
2016 IPC Big White World Cup – snowboardcross – 6th
2016 – X Games – 8th
2015 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 6th
2015 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 7th
2015 X Games – 4th
2014 Paralympic Winter Games – standing – 7th
2012 IPC World Championships – standing – 8th
2014 Sochi Paralympics
Snowboard Cross - Men