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Sport Para athletics
NPC Canada   
Place of BirthNewtownards, NIR
Height1.85 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T11, F11
Jeremie Venne, from 2017
Further Personal Information
Wife Colleen
Ottawa, ON, CAN
English, Spanish, French
Higher education
International Studies, Language Studies - Spanish - University of Guelph: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up running, among other sports, when he was at school.
Why this sport?
He also took part in wrestling, swimming and goalball when he was at school but enjoyed running more than the other sports.
Club / Team
Ottawa Lions: Canada
Name of coach
Joshua Karanja [club], CAN; Bruce Deacon [national]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Jay (, 21 Jul 2015)
Playing the guitar. (, 21 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Returning to competition on two occasions after being involved in a serious car accident and donating a kidney to his wife. (, 21 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
His wife. (, 21 Jul 2015)
An Achilles injury disrupted his training in 2011. (, 14 Nov 2011)

He and guide Greg Dailey were hit by a car while training in 2005. Dunkerley sustained a broken leg and a fractured skull. After months of surgery and rehabilitation both resumed training. (, 02 Feb 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There’s no getting around the fact that success is based on winning, but it goes back to knowing that you as an individual have given it your all." (, 21 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He carried the Paralympic torch through Whistler, BC, Canada, as part of the relay for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (, 03 Mar 2010)

He was named the 2004 Male Athlete of the Year for Ottawa and won the 2004 Sam Estwick Award from the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club. (, 18 Jun 2007)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Jonathan has represented Canada in Para athletics. He finished seventh in the T11 400m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Sep 2015;, 11 Nov 2010)
He and his brothers all grew up with Leber's congenital amaurosis [LCA], a rare visual impairment. (, 02 Feb 2011)
Other information
He retired from international competition after competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In June 2017 he was contacted by Athletics Canada, who asked him if he wanted to be considered for selection for the 2017 World Championships in London, England, due to him having already achieved a qualification time in the 1500m in 2016. He came out of retirement that same month and began running with his new guide Jeremie Venne, a forming training partner, in preparation for the championships. "Those who know me well know that Rio wasn't the race I wanted to end my track running on. Most of us don't get to choose the perfect ending. To have this chance to be a part of one more Canadian team along with Jeremie, and with Josh's [Karanja] coaching support is an amazing opportunity, one I certainly didn't count on." (, 08 Jun 2017)

In March 2013 he donated a kidney to his wife Colleen Hayes, who had developed progressive kidney disease. Medical tests revealed the couple were a good match and that the transplant would have a 95% chance of success. "I feel lucky to be in a position to be able to donate. Being married to Colleen, I feel lucky she didn't have to look too far [for a donor]. It feels very right. We're definitely not a perfect [medical] match, but it's close enough." The surgery was a success, with Dunkerley unable to train for six weeks as he recovered from the operation. (, 2013;, 29 Jan 2013)

Born in Northern Ireland, his family moved to Hamilton, ON, Canada, when he was age 13 after his mother remarried. (, 24 Feb 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2000 1500m T11 4:10.17
Semifinal 2000 800m T12 2:03.09
9 2004 800m T12 2:03.54 
2 2004 1500m T11 4:14.19 
10 2008 800m T12 2:03.60
3 2008 1500m T11 4:12.53
3 2012 1500m T11 4:07.56
Round 1 2012 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 44.90
2 2012 5000m T11 15:34.07
5 2016 1500m T11 4:07.98
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2002 1500m T11 4:22.08
1 2006 800m T11 2:02.72
1 2006 1500m T11 4:22.18
4 2011 1500m T11 4:12.54
1 2011 800m T11 2:05.89
Semifinal 2013 800m T11 2:06.30
2 2015 5000m T11 16:11.22
2 2017 1500m T11 4:13.67