Working as head coach of the Silver Star Freestyle Ski Club in Vernon, Josh was preparing students for the 2004 Canadian junior nationals. On a demonstration jump, he was too fast and overshot the landing hill. He dropped 100 feet, breaking his back and flipping his world upside-down. At 23, Josh was paralyzed from the waist down.
Just nine months after the fall, Josh was back on the hill. Since then, he’s has been an international winner for the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team, winning the world championships in 2009. And this year, he won a silver medal in the men’s sitting slalom at the Paralympic Winter Games.
Josh credits three lessons learned from his injury:
- Trust your gut instinct when it says something is wrong.
- Know that how you see the world shapes what you can do.
- Find your passion, and dream big.
My Latest Posts
- Carving tracks from France to Quebec and back to B.C.
- Posted by Josh on April 20, 2012
My time in Europe gave me a much-needed reprieve from my normal winter routine. The purpose of the trip was to unite the Mountain Collective Team at Salomon’s headquarters in France to share ideas and look at how we can continue developing both the sport of skiing and the equipment we use. It’s the first…
- Life Is Good: Mid-Season Update
- Posted by Josh on March 30, 2012
March has flown by. So far, it’s consisted of racing, more racing, and living out of my suitcase. It started with the North American World Cup in Winter Park, Colorado. This is one of my favourite hills on the circuit, and I was feeling like I had a bit of an advantage over the European…
- We’re capable of whatever we put our minds to
- Posted by Josh on March 13, 2012
The month of February was one for the books. So good in fact we needed an extra day just to fit it all in! As most of you probably already know, on February 3, I executed a picture-perfect back flip — it was huge in so many ways. The accomplishment sits very high in my…