Quick facts

Birthdate

March 14, 1986

Birthplace

Merrickville, Ont.

Residence

Merrickville, Ont.

Sport

Para Alpine

Classification

LW11

Experience

Beijing 2022

In the 2021-22 season Brian Rowland gained valuable international experience heading into his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, competing at two World Cups and the World Para Snow Sports Championships.

Rowland, who competes in the sitting category, joined the national team in 2019 after winning the silver medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. 

He was in a motocross accident in 2015 which resulted in a spinal cord injury. The injury did not slow him, as he continues to surf, mountain bike, and Jet Ski when he is off the slopes. 

Rowland joined the adaptive ski program at Calabogie, Ont. He started competing for Team Ontario in the winter of 2018 and joined Alpine Canada’s NextGen program the following season.

Prior to his injury, Rowland looked up to Terry Fox, the Canadian runner who ran across Canada to raise awareness for cancer research and this admiration continues to inspire Rowland to mentor young athletes.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships…

PERSONAL

He won the adaptive category at the 2019 Canadian Wakesurfing Championships on Chestermere Lake, Alta… Sustained a spinal cord injury after a motorcycle accident in 2015.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Paralympic Winter Games – Super G – 10th
2022 Paralympic Winter Games – Giant slalom- 12th
2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships – giant slalom – 12th