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Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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Josh Vander Vies

Age: 28  |  Height: 3’3″

Sport: Boccia (BC4 Mixed Singles and Doubles)

Best Result:

2011 Parapan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico – Bronze (singles)

2012 Paralympic Games – London, England – Bronze (doubles)

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Biography

Josh Vander Vies is an active Canadian national team boccia player, 2004 Paralympian, 2011 Parapan American Games individual bronze medalist and 2012 Paralympic doubles bronze medalist.  As a professional speaker, he brings to corporate, government and community audiences the message that any obstacle can be shattered.

In 2006, the boccia players of the world elected Josh to the International Boccia Committee as Athlete Representative. He acted as Athlete Council Representation on the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) Board of Directors, and chaired the CPC Athletes’ Council from 2008 – 2012. Josh holds an honours double major in Political Science and French from the University of Western Ontario and is currently completing law school at the University of British Columbia.

Past Results

Competition Doubles Singles
2013 Brazilian Boccia Championship – Maringá, BRA 2 8
2013 Americas Cup – Gardner, Kansas USA 3 5
2012 Paralympic Games – London, GBR 3 15
2012 Cheshire International – Wigan, GBR 3
2012 Portuguese Masters – Povoa de Varzim, POR 6 15
2011 Parapan American Games – Guadalajara, MEX 3
2011 World Cup – Belfast, IRL 4 25
2011 Cheshire International – Wigan, GBR 2
2010 World Championship – Lisbon, POR 5 12
2009 Americas Cup – Montreal, CAN 2
2008 Cheshire International – Wigan, GBR 5
2007 World Cup – Vancouver, CAN 9 27
2006 Croatia Boccia Open – Osijek, CRO 1
2006 World Championships – Rio de Janeiro, BRA 8 18
2005 Americas Cup – Mar del Plata, ARG 2 3
2004 Paralympic Games – Athens, GRE 6 10
2003 World Cup – Christchurch, NZL 8 7

Canadian National Singles Champion
2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002

Education:

University of British Columbia
Juris Doctor Candidate

University of Western Ontario
Honours Double Major:
Political Science, French Language & Literature


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