In 2004, a car accident robbed Chad Jassman the use of his legs.
Fast forward to the present and the Burstall, Sask. native has evolved into a wheelchair basketball star who will represent Canada at the Paralympic Summer Games in London from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
Jassman began playing wheelchair basketball in 2006. After being dismissed twice from the national team, Jassman finally made the cut in 2009. He also plays professionally for the Trier Dolphins in Germany.
Jassman credits his attitude for his successes on the court.
“Being positive about everything in life has improved my chances of being successful, and [helped me] overcome difficult obstacles my life has ran into along the way,” said Jassman via email from the United Kingdom.
Canada won silver in wheelchair basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and despite being currently ranked seventh in the world, Jassman said bringing home gold is an attainable feat.
“Canada is looking great. We’ve recently beat many of the worlds top teams, although there are a lot of good teams in the tournament and it will be very difficult. We’re definitely one of the favorites going in and we all believe in winning gold,” he commented.
Team Canada faces Japan on Aug. 30 in London.