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Josh Vander Vies





Vancouver, BC

Now retired, Josh Vander Vies was one of Canada’s top international boccia players for many years. He made his Paralympic Games debut at Athens 2004, won a bronze medal in singles at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, and is a 2012 Paralympic bronze medallist in pairs.

At London 2012, Vander Vies and teammate Marco Dispaltro became the first Canadian BC4 players to win a Paralympic medal with their bronze medal.   

He was an active leader in the sporting world throughout his playing career and remains so today. He was elected by his fellow boccia players to the International Boccia Committee as an athlete representative for a two-year term, and also was a director of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and chaired the CPC Athletes’ Council.

In addition, Vander Vies represented Canadian Olympic, Paralympic, and national team athletes as a past director, and eventually past president, of AthletesCAN – Canada’s association of national team athletes. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he acted as Team Canada’s Ombudsman.

He will be continuing his support of athletes through 2020 as the assistant chef de mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

He currently works as a lawyer in Vancouver.

Year Type
Host City
2012 Summer
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London, England
1 bronze medals

1 bronze medals

2011 Parapan am Games
Guadalajara, Mexico
1 bronze medals

1 bronze medals

2004 Summer
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Athens, Greece


2004, 2012 Paralympic Games… 2011 Parapan American Games… 2006, 2010 World Championships… six-time national champion… highest world ranking in pairs: No. 3 (2013)… highest world ranking in singles: No. 7 (2010)… 11-year national team member.



While competing as an athlete, Vander Vies became father to Olivia, stepson to Karolis, and husband to international fencer Dalia Vander Vies…. Double major in political science and French from the University of Western Ontario…. He completed his law program at the University of British Colombia…. Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governance Task Force, advising the IPC Governing Board on proactive optimization of governance.



2012 Paralympic Games BC4 pairs – bronze

2011 Parapan American Games BC4 singles – bronze

2010 World Championships BC4 pairs – 5th

2006 World Championships BC4 pairs – 6th

2004 Paralympic Games BC4 pairs – 6th