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Athlete Bio

John learned to sail as a child, but his real passion was soccer, prior to his injury in 1981 when he became quadriplegic after a diving accident.

Coming from a sporting family, he was always looking for a place he could shine, competing as a road racer and in wheelchair rugby before finding sailing again in the 1990s. ‘Disabled sailing was in its early days then,’ says John. ‘We have come so far, from strapping ourselves in any old tub to the bespoke high-performance boats we sail today. It’s amazing to be a part of this story and we’re nowhere near finished yet. What I love most about sailing is that out there I am a racer, the same as anyone else. With the right equipment, anything is possible.’

John sails with wife Jackie Gay. They were both recently honoured as 2013 Sail Canada Team of the Year. John is a bronze medallist from the 2008 Paralympic Games. John and Jackie competed at the Rio Paralympic Games and brought home a silver medal for Canada.

Athlete Stats

ClassRS Venture Connect

Recent Results

2023 Sailing World Championships The Hague, NED Bronze (with Scott Lutes)
2019 RS Venture Connect World Championship Oman 4 (with Scott Lutes)
2019 2019 La Caixa Para World Sailing Championships Spain 1st
2018 Para World Championships Sheboygan, WI, USA 3rd
2018 US Para Sailing Championships 1st
2016 Paralympic Games Rio, Brazil 2nd