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LESLIE John
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthWinnipeg, CAN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Emilie St-Jean Savoie
Residence
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Management - Algonquin College: Ottawa, ON, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up snowboarding soon after he began high school.
Why this sport?
"I did [ice hockey] a little bit, for a couple more years. After a while, though, I had normal teenager stuff getting in the way of it, a job and social stuff. The reality was that I wasn't going to make the NHL, and I started to transition away from it. That's when I got really into snowboarding. It was something I could do on my own terms, and it brought me a lot of freedom in my teenage years. I was able to keep my competitive side healthy by racing; I did pretty well with some wins around Ontario. It became my passion really quickly."
Name of coach
Mark Fawcett [national], CAN; Dave Blaine [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Lake Louise, AB, CAN
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His family. (paralympic.ca, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everyone will face fear during their life, but know that it is temporary, and generally a state change to becoming a stronger person." (cbc.ca, 05 Apr 2017)
Other sports
He played ice hockey at junior level for the Arnprior Packers in Ontario, Canada. (johnlesliesbx.wordpress.com, 26 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Twitter profile, 01 Feb 2019)
Impairment
While training for his junior ice hockey team at age 10, he discovered a bump on his left leg. An x-ray revealed that he had a cancerous tumour. Three months of chemotherapy followed before he underwent a below-knee amputation and a Van Ness rotation. This procedure involves turning the ankle joint 180 degrees so it can be used to replace the knee. He was walking with a prosthesis by April 2004. (dulifestyle.com, 25 Oct 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
7 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:30.99
11 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:09.07
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:51.88
7 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
8 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 52.53
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 57.41
9 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
12 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:08.65
6 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:17.41
WSF World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2011/2012 Snowboardcross - Standing