Jonathan Vermette got his first taste of wheelchair basketball at a rehabilitation facility in 2001. He began playing the sport four years later alongside his twin brother Philippe, after their father created a club team in their hometown of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Vermette is known for his intensity on the basketball court and he credits his work ethic on the defensive side of the ball for propelling his career forward. He made his debut with Team Canada at the world junior championship in 2009 and takes great pride in donning the maple leaf.
“It is a huge honour to play for Team Canada because it is a program with a winning history and I am proud to be a part of it,” he says.
In 2013, Vermette once again cracked the Junior National Team roster and also made his debut with the Senior Men’s National Team after being called up to compete for Canada at the Americas Cup.
He earned a full-time roster on the senior team in 2014.
After competing for the collegiate wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois for two seasons, Vermette returned home to Canada and committed to training at the groundbreaking Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy to hone his skills and further his development.
2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2013 - 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)… 2011 - 1st place at Canada Games with Team Quebec in Halifax, NS (domestic)… 2009 - 8th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Paris, France (Team Canada)…
When he’s not training for wheelchair basketball, Vermette enjoys travelling and practicing other sports such as skiing, tennis and handcycling.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver
2013 Men’s U23 World Championship – 6th
2009 Men’s U23 World Championship – 8th
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2015 Toronto Parapan Ams
Wheelchair Basketball - Men