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MASSIE Alex
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age27
Place of BirthBarrie, CAN
Height1.91 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Pointe au Baril, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up snowboarding at age four after getting a board for Christmas in 1999. Following his accident, he began Para snowboarding in 2014.
Why this sport?
He followed his older brothers into the sport, and enjoys the adrenaline rush the sport gives him. "No matter what, if I'm having a bad day or good day, once I start snowboarding everything usually goes away."
Club / Team
Team Unicorn: Ruka, FIN
Name of coach
Par Sundqvist [club], SWE
General Interest
Nicknames
Bubz [given to him by family when he was a child. It refers to the literary character Ali Baba]. (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 15 Nov 2016)
Hobbies
Ice hockey, mountain biking, wakesurfing, photography, videography, skateboarding. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first Winter X Games medal, a bronze at the 2015 Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His family, and Finnish snowboarder Mikko Wendelin. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
His grandfather James Cardno Massie, Finnish snowboarder Eero Ettala. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022, 07 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2022 he required stitches in his armpit following an accident at home. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2022 World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (paralympic.ca, 01 Apr 2022)

After recovering from the wakesurfing accident in which he sustained his impairment, he fell while getting out of the shower and broke his amputated leg in three places,. "That actually hurt more than losing my leg." (ctvnews.ca, 12 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He never shaves during a competition. (NPC Media Guide, 01 Jun 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My big one I always say to kids is, you know the old thing about how 'the grass is always greener on the other side'? The truth is, the grass is always greener where you water it. So if you want to have a good happy life, you've got to put in that work, and go out and water your lawn." (ctvnews.ca, 12 Mar 2018; Athlete, 07 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in Ontario, Canada. (bshof.ca, 31 Dec 2016)
Impairment
He was involved in a wakesurfing accident in 2011 at age 16. His left leg was struck multiple times by a boat propeller, which resulted in his left leg being amputated below the knee. (ctvnews.ca, 12 Mar 2018; Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; CDN Paralympics YouTube channel, 13 Feb 2018; thebarrieexaminer.com, 26 Jan 2015; xgames.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Other information
BIG SNOWBOARDER
At 191 centimetres tall and weighing more than 100 kilograms, he says people are often surprised to hear he is a snowboarder. Before his accident, he played ice hockey at AA minor level in Canada and football with the Barrie North Collegiate Sr. Wildcats. "I'm not the same size as most guys [who snowboard], I'm a lot bigger so I ride knowing that I'm bigger, and that I don't get pushed around out there and so it allows me to go into a corner [strong]. I try to race smart and not do risky things that are going to endanger anyone but you know, if you're in a corner and there's a guy beside me and we touch, I know that I'm probably going to ride away and he won't." (ctvnews.ca, 12 Mar 2018; cbc.ca, 14 Mar 2018)

FAMILY CREST
He wears a ring with his family crest and motto on it. "It's my family crest. The motto at the bottom is 'Fac et spera', and it means 'Do and hope'. My dad once told me when I was a little kid, it's easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. So, go out there, try it and hope it works out." (cbc.ca, 14 Mar 2018)

OCCUPATION
While based in Canada during the northern hemisphere summer months, he has worked for his family's waste collection business by driving a garbage barge. "It's a business I actually inherited from my older brothers, so that's one of the kinda cool things. I live up in my cottage in the summer, and everybody that's up there lives on islands. So, there's no way really for them to get their trash to the station, and so like 40 years ago someone had the great idea that there needed to be a garbage man." (Athlete, 07 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 19 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
9 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:36.01
4 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:09.27
6 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 51.85
4 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
4 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
10 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 53.28
6 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:10.77
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
6 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 58.72
11 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
12 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:04.88
10 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:18.72
1 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 37.35
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired