Quick facts

Birthdate

March 4, 1997

Birthplace

Quispamsis, N.B.

Residence

Quispamsis, N.B.

Sport

Para Cycling

Experience

Santiago 2023

Alexandre Hayward opened the 2024 season with gold in the C3 time trial and bronze in road race at a World Cup in Australia. Just a couple of months earlier he won two gold, silver and bronze at 2023 Parapan American Games.

Hayward burst on the national and international Para cycling stage in 2022 with a stunning victory in the time trial at a road World Cup event in Quebec City before posting two sixth places at the road world championships a week later in Baie-Comeau, Que.

Hayward didn’t expect to be at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland after a month-long battle with mononucleosis. However, despite a noticeable weight loss, he emerged with a satisfying fifth in the men’s C3 Para cycling road race. He was 11th after the first of four laps and 12th after the second before reeling in several opponents.

After the 2022 road worlds, Hayward was invited by Cycling Canada officials to attend a week-long camp at the velodrome in Milton, Ont. to try track cycling, a sport he had never attempted before. 
He raced on the track at the world championships near Paris in October that year and missed a berth in the individual pursuit final by one spot placing fifth.

Hayward broke his neck in 2012 at age 16 in a AAA hockey game and was considered a candidate for the QMJHL draft that year. While he can use his arms and legs, all four of his limbs are impaired.

After the accident he first turned to wheelchair basketball and played for New Brunswick at the Canada Winter Games and the national junior team for which he was the captain.

Para cycling was a form of cross training for him but got more serious during the pandemic. He eventually emerged on the Para NB and Cycling Canada radars.

At his first time trial in May 2022, Hayward hit the standard he needed to compete nationally. At his first Nationals in June in Edmonton, Hayward surprised the field, winning the time trial and qualifying himself for the World Cup and World Championships in Quebec in August.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Four medals at 2023 Parapan American Games… 2022 and 2023 World Championships… 2022 World Cup victory in time trial….

PERSONAL
Hayward is a former member of the national junior wheelchair basketball team….  In 2012, he broke his neck in a AAA hockey game, just weeks before the QMJHL draft… In 2023, graduated in engineering at the University of New Brunswick, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 Parapan American Games, individual pursuit, 1st

2023 Parapan American Games, road time trial, 1st

2023 Parapan American Games, road race, 2nd

2023 Parapan American Games, kilo, 3rd

2023 World Para road Championships, road race, 6th 

2023 World Para road Championships, time trial, 6th

2023 World Track Championships, individual pursuit 8th

2022 World Track Championships, individual pursuit 5th

2022 World Track Championships, mixed team sprint 11th

2022 World Para road Championships, road race, 5th

2022 World Para road Championships, time trial, 6th