Joshua Cassidy was born November 15th, 1984. He came into the world fighting a non-congenital cancer which primarily effects children, Neuroblastoma. The doctors told his parents that their newborn had anarrow chance of survival. Perhaps through a combination of medicine, family prayer, and a will to live, Joshua won miraculously. The damagedone to his spinal chord left his legs partially paralyzed. Where many saw obstacles ahead, this young boy saw opportunities. This blessing gave him the blocks needed to overcome hardships and build a life of success, love, and happiness.
Joshua grew up as the oldest of 10 kids which began in the military life, then a farm life, moving out as a young man to the city life, and now Josh has spent over a decade travelling and living around the globe. Josh's early love of sport eventually led to athletics, and in 2008 he competed in his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, in front of 90,000 spectators. Winning the London Marathon in 2010, was Josh’s first ‘big’ win, against all of the best in the world for the first time.
In 2012 Josh won the prestigious Boston Marathon with an incredible performance, recording the World's Fastest time of 1:18:25. He has been recorded hitting a top end speed of over 80 km/h down the Tyne Tunnel in Newcastle UK. In a year Josh will cover over 7500kms, equivalent of the width of Canada, coast to coast. He has been a Canadian Champion 28 times and is also the Canadian Record holder in the 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, and Marathon.
Now a three time Paralympian, winning many races around the world, Joshua is known internationally for his work ethic and fortitude. He has beaten every competitor in the world at least once. He is currently preparing for his fourth Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
- 3 x Paralympian- 2008 Paralympic Games Beijing, 2012 Paralympic Games London, 2016 Paralympic Games Rio
- Canadian Record Holder in four events- 1500m (2:55.73), 5000m (9:55.13), 10000m (19:51.54), Marathon (1:18.25)
- 28 time Canadian Champion
- Winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon, recording the World's Fastest time- 1:18:25 (former WR, now 3rd all-time)
- World Championship Bronze Medalist- 2013 IPC World Championships, Lyon France
- Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist- 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi.
- Winner of the 2010 London Marathon
- Winner of the 2012 Chicago Marathon
Joshua Cassidy will motivate you with his story and his passion.
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKING APPEARANCES
Josh has extensive experience speaking to people of all ages, from schools, to governments, businesses to charities, corporate to community.. in small focus groups or in front of thousands delivering his heart-moving messages.
Providing eye-opening insight into the life of an elite Paralympic athlete, Josh shares inspiring stories, and methods to achieving success. Training the body and mind to be in their healthiest and most optimum state isn’t only beneficial to Olympians… it is applicable to every person, of every age, and every occupation. Joshua wants to share the keys to unlocking each and every person's unlimited potential.
There will always be obstacles, so it's a matter of how we overcome them. Josh's ‘successes’ have not come without many ‘failures’. His stories of heartbreak and disappointment resonate, and the reminder of how those instances allow us to grow and rise up to something higher, are most inspiring. Through his mindset and incredible accomplishments, Josh is a true living example of his mottos and creed...
"Anything is possible."
P&G - CIBC - CanadianTire - Miss Universe Canada - Suncor - RBC - Flight Centre - Pfizer - HBC - Interpipeline - Ministry of Tourism - Ministry of Health and Safety - Invacare - Canadian Paralympic Comittee - TO 2015 PanAmerican Games - Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario - Jumpstart - Hospital for Sick Kids - CIBC Miracle Day - KidsSport - Ride to Conquer Cancer - Right to Play - SOS Children Villages - Three to Be - Niamh’s Next Step - Neuroblastoma Alliance UK - KidsAbility - NYRR Mighty Milers - Big Brother - Jack.org. and many more...
Sharing the 'Olympic Mindset': How to approach obstacles & overcome challenges to achieve success.