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VANDER VIES Josh
Sport Boccia
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthSarnia, CAN
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital - Genetic
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sarnia, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English, French
Higher education
French Literature, Law, Political Science - University of Western Ontario / University of British Columbia [Law]: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1996 in a Children's Rehab Centre.
Why this sport?
"As I grew, I became interested in physical activity. I joined a swim team for athletes with disabilities and soon competed in swimming, shot put, discus and javelin. Then I discovered boccia and was hooked on the intense skill, precision, strategy and competition of pushing myself to get better and better."
Senior International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Christchurch
General Interest
Awards and honours
2003 national Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipient. (joshvandervies.com, 03 Nov 2011)

The short documentary "Josh," by Vancouver film maker Angelina Cantada, was accepted as a finalist in the 2011 MY HERO International Film Festival. (joshvandervies.com, 03 Nov 2011)
Other information
DISABILITY
He was born without arms and legs. (Athlete, 19 Aug 2012)

ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE
In 2006, he was elected to the International Boccia Committee as Athlete Representative by the boccia players of the world. He acts as Athlete Council Representation on the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors. (joshvandervies.com, 03 Nov 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 Individual - BC4  
6 2004 Pairs - BC4  
3 2012 Pairs - BC4  
15 2012 Individual - BC4  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
18 2006 Individual - BC4  
16 2010 Individual - BC4  
8 2014 Pairs - BC4  
19 2014 Individual - BC4  
World Ranking (09 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
27 2015 Individual - BC4  
27 2015 Individual - BC4  
33 2016 Individual - BC4  
95 2016 Individual - BC4