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.