In November 2000 Jonathan was involved in a terrible car crash on Autoroute 55 Trois-Rivières, Que. The head-on collision with a small truck killed his mother Louise, and seriously injured himself as well as his sister Karine and twin brother Philippe, who are all paralyzed. Only his father and the truck driver escaped serious injury.
Already active children before the accident, sport would play a significant role in the family’s rehabilitation from the ordeal.
Vermette was introduced to wheelchair basketball at a rehabilitation facility in 2001. He began playing the sport four years later alongside his twin brother Philippe, after their father created a club team in Sherbrooke, Que.
He made his debut with Team Canada at the world junior championships in 2009. In 2013, Vermette once again cracked the Junior National Team roster and also made his debut with the Senior Men’s National Team. He earned a full-time roster on the senior team in 2014.
He’s played at the last two Parapan Am Games as well as the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 and 2019 Parapan American Games… 2011 Canada Games
He played wheelchair basketball and studied at the University of Illinois for two years … Vermette enjoys travelling and practicing other sports such as skiing, tennis and handcycling.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
- 2019 Parapan American Games 2nd
- 2018 World Championships 12th
- 2016 Paralympic Games 11th
- 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – 2nd
- 2013 Men’s U23 World Championship – 6th
- 2009 Men’s U23 World Championship – 8th
|2019||Parapan am Games||
1 silver medals
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|2015||Parapan am Games||
1 silver medals