Josh Karanja joined forces as a guide for visually impaired runner Jason Dunkerley in 2011. Karanja was recommended as a guide by Ian Clark who had coached Karanja at Nepean High School in Ottawa. Karanja was a competitive runner (the steeplechase was his specialty) at Eastern Michigan University. It was while he was completing his Masters, that Clarke made the call. The opportunity gave Karanja a second wind in competitive sport and he says it has been a wonderful partnership.
Dunkerley and Karanja have been a major force in international para-athletics and are one of Canada’s top medal hopes for the 2016 Paralympic Games. They won two medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and also stepped on the podium twice at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto including gold in the 5000m. A few weeks later they took silver in the 5000m at the IPC World Athletics Championships.
2015 – 2nd 5000m at IPC World Athletics Championships… 1st 5000m and 2nd in 1500m at Parapan Am Games in Toronto… 2012 – 2nd 5000m and 3rd 1500m at Paralympic Games…
Jason Dunkerley’s guide runner since 2011… Born and raised in Kenya…Moved to Canada at age 11 with his mother… coaches junior-aged runners at Ottawa Lions Club…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2015 IPC World Athletics Championships 5000m 2nd
2015 Parapan American Games 1st 5000m
2015 Parapan American Games 2nd 1500m
2012 Paralympic Games 2nd 5000m
2012 Paralympic Games 3rd 1500m