Quick facts

Birthdate

February 3, 1984

Birthplace

Dunsford, Ont.

Residence

Dunsford, Ont.

Sport

Wheelchair Curling

Experience

Beijing 2022

Jon Thurston is the eagle-eye on Canada’s wheelchair curling team. He shoots fourth for skip Mark Ideson and his precision and grace under pressure have produced some remarkable wins for Canada.

Thurston competed at his first Paralympic Games in 2022 as Canada won the bronze medal continuing its amazing streak of being on the podium at every Games since the sport was added to the program in 2006.

He’s also been on the last five world championship teams earning silver in 2020 and 2023.

Thurston earned his spot on the team of veterans following a two-day skills-based shootout in Moose Jaw in January 2019.

Usually on a curling team, it’s the skip that shoots last. But Team Canada skip Mark Ideson, noticing Thurston’s marksmanship, decided to put his young protégé in the pressure situation.

Thurston was contacted about wheelchair curling after a coach saw an article the local newspaper had written about Thurston on his recovery after his injury. Carl Rennick was coaching a competitive wheelchair team that was looking for a fourth player at the time.  He got Thurston out to throw a few rocks in August 2012 and he decided to try the sport for a season.

After a few years of playing competitive wheelchair curling at the provincial level he was recognized by the national program. In 2017, Thurston was selected as an athlete for the Team Canada NextGen Program and was then selected to Team Canada in 2019.

Besides wheelchair curling, he is one of Canada’s top water skiers with a disability. He is also an archer, boxer and does some Jiu-Jitsu. In archery one of his instructors is none other than retired five-time Paralympian Alec Denys.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2022 Paralympic Games… 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024 World Championships

PERSONAL
In 2008, Thurston had a work injury that left him paralyzed. He was working construction and during an unexpected storm the building he was in collapsed. As he was running out the building, part of the building collapsed on his back… Started wheelchair curling in 2012…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 World Championships – 2nd

2022 Paralympic Games – 3rd

2021 World Championships – 5th

2020 World Championships – 2nd

2019 World Championships – 10th
 

Paralympic Medals

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