VANCOUVER, May 5, 2015 – Josh Vander Vies, a London 2012 bronze medallist in boccia and one of the Canadian Paralympic movement’s most dynamic public speakers, will make a special appearance at a Vancouver school on Thursday, May 8 as part of the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Schools Week 2015. His talk will include an announcement on his future plans.
Born – as he puts it – without arms, legs and limits, Vander Vies travels the world competing in elite sport and brings to audiences the message that any obstacle can be shattered. Vander Vies is also a law school graduate and leading figure in Canadian sport as president of AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes.
A two-time Paralympian (2004 and 2012), Vander Vies won bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in doubles with teammate Marco Dispaltro as well as individual bronze at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games. He holds an honours double major in Political Science and French from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.
Josh Vander Vies school presentation as part of Paralympic Schools Week 2015
Vander Vies will make an announcement about his future plans.