Jason has proudly represented Canada at five Paralympic Games, most recently competing alongside guide runner Josh Karanja over 1500 metres at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He is a five-time medallist in middle distance track. Jason grew up in Northern Ireland with two brothers who were also blind. Encouragement from his parents to play outside with other children, and support from teachers in trying a variety of different sports, instilled a love for physical activity which has been a defining part of Jason’s life. He competed in track throughout high school in Brantford, Ontario, and at the University of Guelph, where he studied International Development and Spanish. Jason also has a Masters in World Literatures and Cultures from the University of Ottawa which he completed in 2014. He joined the federal Public Service in 2016 and works at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Jason has been a member of Canada’s Para Athletics team since 1998, and has lived and trained in Ottawa since 2003 as a member of the Ottawa Lions track club. As one of the founding members and current President of the Achilles Ottawa running club for blind athletes, and as a board member with the Ontario Blind Sports Association, Jason hopes to encourage people of all abilities to catch the physical activity bug, just as he himself did.



5 Responses to About

  1. Chris says:

    Hi there, I spent a lot of time with Jason and his family as a child in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. I can remember peoples amazement at seeing him and his brothers riding bicycles and playing football with us as members of the local boys brigade. Obviously i lost touch with them when they moved to Canada. I still tell stories about them and people don’t believe me haha. I would dearly love to get in touch with Jason and the rest of the family again. He would know me as Christopher Magee but I now go by the name Chris Strain. If you could help me get in touch again i would be eternally grateful

  2. Bernard Mitchell says:

    Hello Jason,
    My name is Bernard Mitchell and I am a Canadian studying industrial design at Art Center College or Design in Pasadena California. I am designing an olympic torch for the Rio games as a project for one of my classes and am conducting general and ergonomic research for it’s construction. I was wondering if you would be willing to answer some questions about your torch bearing experience for the 2010 games. It is only ten questions or so and could be done by email or phone call.
    My best Bernard.

  3. Hello Jason. Great work at the Parapan games! Is there an email address I can reach you? I would love to see you nominated for a Celebration of People Sports Award. http://celebrationofpeople.com/call-for-nominations/nomination-forms/sports-award/

    Awesome work!

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