Josh Cassidy Biography

Josh Cassidy was born in Ottawa, Canada on November 15th, 1984. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, cancer in the spine and abdomen, weeks after birth. Given a very low chance of survival through the illness and treatments, parents, friends, and family expected the worst.

Nearly twenty-four years later, Josh enters a stadium in Beijing, China, filled with 90,000 spectators to compete for his country at the 2008 Paralympic Games. He is ranked top in his country among all of his events- the 800m, 1500m, and 5000m...ranking 3rd and 4th internationally, in the 1500m and 5000m. While Josh did not make the podium at his first Games, he finished with 4th fastest time ever recorded in Paralympics Games history in the 5000m event.

This experience has embedded Josh's goals deeper into his heart, mind and soul, training harder to win a Paralympic gold medal(s), and eventually a world record at some point throughout the course of his career. While Josh is grateful for his accomplishments, he is never completely satisfied, always working harder to achieve more, with the help of his coach Amanda Fader.

There is much, much more to the story of Josh Cassidy, which you can hear more about at his speaking engagements. For now, this website and blog can give you his latest stats, media, and updates to his most recent events.

Josh Cassidy Awards/Highlights

- World Rankings- 6th- 800m, 4th- 1500m, 3rd- 5000m, 2nd- 10km, 11th- Marathon
- Canadian Rankings- 1st in 4 of 5 events, ranking second in 5th event.
- Gold medalist Canadian Marathon Championships
- Gold medalist Canadian Track and Field Championships (800m, 5000m)
- Featured on Honey Nut Cheerios boxes as a part of General Mills Aspiring Olympians program


- Gold medalist in all three events at National Championships, 800m, 1500m, 5000m
- Ranked 4th internationally in 1500m and 5000m.
- Competed for team Canada at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
- 4th fastest time in the 5000m at the 2008 Paralympic Games, 4th all-time.
- winner of Tunnel 2k event in Newcastle, England
- winner of BUPA Great North Run half-marathon in Newcastle, England
- Gold medalist 10km National Championships, Ottawa, ON
- Male Wheelchair athlete of the Year (OWSA) 2008
- Inducted into Saugeen Shores Hall of Fame

For more awards and highlights please visit my blog.
Josh Cassidy Personal Bests
400m - 49.97 - Paralympics Ontario Regional Games
London, ON May 25/08

800m - 1:37.84 - The Last Gasp
Atlanta, GA June 25/08

1500m - 3:00.27 - The Last Gasp
Atlanta, GA June 25/08

5000m - 9:58.13 *Canadian Record - Meet in the Heat
Atlanta, GA June 30/07

10000m - 23:24.65 - Swiss Track
Pratteln, Switzerland, June 7/07

5km Road - 10:13.7 - 5K Road Championships
Cedartown, GA June 30/09

10km Road - 19:37.4 - Peachtree Road Race
Atlanta, GA July 4/09

Half-Marathon - 41:12 - Great North Run Newcastle
England September 20/09

Marathon – 1:33.50.7 – Ottawa Marathon
Ottawa, ON May 28/06
For personal bests of specific events please visit my blog.
Josh Cassidy Personal Bests

For the complete media archive and most recent updates check out the blog.
Josh Cassidy Wheelchair Racing
Information coming soon
Josh Cassidy Motivational Speaking

Hear about the life of Josh Cassidy in person, by booking or attending one of his speaking engagements. Josh talks about his life story, the many obstacles he has overcome, and goals he has achieved. He shares his experiences and the many life lessons he has learned at an early age, along with the secrets to attaining anything in life.

Josh is a prime example of the driving spirit in us all, and an inspiration to all in his success in achieving the many goals he sets.

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