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.