Quick facts

Birthdate

March 19, 1995

Birthplace

Barrie, ON

Residence

Barrie, ON

Sport

Para Snowboard

Classification

SB-LL2

Experience

Beijing 2022

PyeongChang 2018

Alex Massie and Tyler Turner joined forces to win the gold medal in the men’s Para snowboard team event at the World Para Snow Sports Championships held in Lillehammer, Norway in January 2022. It was the first time the team event had been held. 

It was Massie’s first career world title. Individually at those worlds, Massie added a silver in the banked slalom and a fourth in the snowboard cross.

He won the medals just weeks after an accident at home where he impaled his armpit on a fence. The last stitch fell out the night before his first race, which was the green light he needed to race.

Earlier in the 2021-2022 season he also grabbed a silver in a snowboard cross race at a World Cup.

Massie, who made his Paralympic Winter Games debut in 2018, has practiced snowboarding since his youth but a wakeboarding accident in 2011 resulted in him losing his left leg below the knee, which changed his plans.

Before the accident, hockey was the focus. He spent nine years playing hockey at the “A” and “AA” levels, winning a couple of York Simcoe championships along the way. He was also on the school football team at Barrie North Junior High.

Massie returned to snowboarding after his accident and adapted so well to his prosthetic leg that he decided to pursue a competitive career in the sport. In addition, in 2013, Massie returned to football with the Barrie North Collegiate Sr. Wildcats and was a starter on the offensive line.

In 2014, Massie won gold at the Alberta Provincials and the Canadian Para-Snowboard Championships. In 2015 he completed his first full competitive Para snowboard season.

Massie has consistently maintained himself among the world’s top Para snowboarders, including bronze medals at the 2015 world championships and X Games. In 2016, he captured two more bronze medals at IPC Snowboard World Cup events in Trentino, Italy and again at Big White. To top this, he took silver at the X Games.

In January 2017, Massie was fourth in snowboard cross and sixth in banked slalom at the 2017 world championships held at Big White, B.C.

At his Paralympic debut in 2018, he finished 10th in the men’s LL2 banked slalom and 11th in the snowboard cross. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

A double medallist including team gold at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in January 2022… Competed at 2018 Paralympic Winter Games … 2016 bronze medal in snowboard cross at the World Cup Final… Two-time X Games medallist (bronze in 2015, silver in 2016)… Bronze medal in snowboard cross at 2015 world championships.. Also was on 2017 and 2019 world championship teams… 

PERSONAL

Was involved in a wakeboarding accident in 2011, which resulted in an amputation of his left leg below the knee… Enjoys mountain biking and wake surfing during the summer months…. Nickname is Bubz… Big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs…  In 2016 he was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame. 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Paralympic Winter Games – snowboardcross – 6th
2022 IPC World Championships – team event – 1st 
2022 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 2nd 
2022 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 4th 
2019 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 4th 
2019 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 6th 
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – banked slalom – 10th
2018 Paralympic Winter Games – snowboardcross – 11th
2017 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 4th
2017 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 6th
2016 X Games – adaptive X – 2nd
2016 Big White World Cup – banked slalom – 3rd
2016 Trentino World Cup – snowboardcross – 3rd
2015 X Games – adaptive X – 3rd
2015 IPC World Championships – snowboardcross – 3rd
2015 IPC World Championships – banked slalom – 9th