Quick facts

Birthdate

June 13, 1986

Birthplace

Mississauga, ON

Residence

Mississauga, ON

Sport

Para Athletics

Experience

Rio 2016

Wheelchair racer Curtis Thom made a successful return to competition in 2016 after having surgery the previous season. At the 2016 nationals in Edmonton he won the T54 100, 200 and 400-m races each by 0.25 seconds or less. He was named to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in which he helped Canada to the bronze medal in the 4X400-m relay.

Thom required surgery in 2015 to repair his ventricular shunt, a device that prevents fluid from building up in the brain. He was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He had four operations in the first 10 days of his life and although he had learned to walk by age two, a growth spurt while he was still a small boy meant he required further surgery for a tethered spinal cord. He has used a wheelchair ever since.

Thom started wheelchair racing at age 10. He was inspired to try the sport after watching the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2004, 2012, 2016 Paralympic Games… 2006, 2011, 2013 IPC World Championships…

 

PERSONAL

The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association athlete of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2003, Thom also won the 2003 Athlete of the Year award for the city of Mississauga.

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games 4X400m relay 3rd

2013 IPC World Championships 4X400m relay 1st

2012 Paralympic Games 100m 6th

2011 IPC World Championships 200m 7th

2006 IPC World Championships 4X100m relay 6th

2004 Paralympic Games 4X400m relay 8th

2004 Paralympic Games 4X10m relay 4th

Paralympic Medals

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