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.