Quick facts


January 9, 2000






Para Rowing




Paris 2024

Country Year

Jacob Wassermann continued his meteoric rise in Para rowing during the 2024 season. His initial goal when he started the sport in late 2022 was to eventually compete at the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles.

But with his ingrained athletic skills, Wassermann earned a quota spot for Canada in the men’s PR1 category with a silver medal at the 2024 World Rowing Americas Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Rio de Janeiro.

Wassermann was one of 13 people who survived the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in 2018. Wasserman was the team’s number-one goaltender.

His achievement in Rio grabbed national and international headlines. The story was trumpeted in Bleacher Report, the New York Post, and London’s Daily Mail among many outlets.

He set the tone in 2023, when he won the gold medal in the men’s PR1 2,000-metre race at the 2023 Canadian Para Rowing Championships in Victoria.

Before Para rowing, he tried other sports including adaptive water skiing and Para ice hockey.

Career Highlights

2023 Canadian champion…


One of 13 survivors in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash. He is paralyzed from the waist down…  In October of 2022, he tried rowing on water for the first time at a Saskatoon Rowing Club open house event… His wife and sport assistant Madison is a social worker for a non-profit organization in Saskatoon… University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Education student…