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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Brad Bowden

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Brad Bowden was born with sacral agenesis, a severe congenital disorder that causes abnormal fetal development of the lower spine. Brad struggled through this adversity to become an elite athlete in two sports, wheelchair basketball and ice sledge hockey, and at the age of 15 he was selected for Canada’s national ice sledge hockey team.

When Brad is not on the rink, he applies his athletic experience and leadership talents on the Canadian Paralympic Committee Athlete Council where he acts as a voice for athletes. Brad is also a mentor with Classroom Champions, providing personal examples from his own sports career and life and taking these complex topics to challenge his students to persevere and excel in their individual and interpersonal projects, helping them build the skills needed for success both in and out of school. Brad also works with All Sports All People, a non-profit organization he helped found that creates inclusive sports programs for children in Simcoe County, Ontario.

Brad is a three-time world champion, a five-time Paralympics athlete, and a three-time Paralympic medalist.