A picture of a two mens in wheelchairs playing ice hockey

Brad Bowden

Para Ice Hockey

Brad Bowden is easily one of the best Canadians to ever wear the maple leaf as a Paralympian. Not only does he strive in the sport of ice sledge hockey, but wheelchair basketball was also a source of many Championships for the Barrie, Ontario native.

Bowden was born with sacral agenesis, a condition similar to spina bifida. He started playing wheelchair basketball in the 1990’s, winning several national Championships, including a Canada Winter Games Championship in 1999. Bowden’s biggest accomplishment in the sport was at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, where Canada were crowned champions.

Since retiring from wheelchair basketball in 2008, Bowden turned his full attention to one of his favourite sports growing up – hockey.

At Torino 2006, in the gold-medal game against Norway, Bowden was credited with scoring the game -winning goal to help Canada claim the title.

Not every day do you have a two-time Paralympic gold medallist on your team.

Bowden’s experience at the international level is crucial in tight situations for Canada as they prepare for the next Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Bowden has helped Canada claim a gold medal at the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships A-Pool in Goyang, South Korea along with a gold medal at the International “4 Nations” Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament in Sochi in 2013. He was also part of the team that beat title-holders the USA 4-1 at the 2017 World Championships.

He also helped Canada to come-back from their Vancouver 2010 disappointment to claim bronze at Sochi 2014.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Barrie, ON, CAN
Coach, Graphical Design, Sports Administrator
Higher education
Graphic Design - Georgian College: Barrie, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing ice hockey in 1991 as a goaltender with able-bodied children at the Kitchener Sidewinders club in Ontario, Canada. He was introduced to Para ice hockey four years later.
Why this sport?
"Once you're strapped into a sled and on the ice, it's just a crazy feeling. You're free, it's full contact and you couldn't ask for a better sport to play."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Playing video games. (Twitter profile, 31 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Scoring the winning goal against Norway in the final of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
His grandmother Colleen Nelson. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Bobby Orr, Canadian wheelchair basketball player Patrick Anderson. (Athlete, 06 Mar 2014)
He missed the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City due to a thumb injury. (, 08 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Find something you're passionate about, and pursue it, practise it and become the best you can be at it." (, 16 Feb 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)

In 2010 he became the first Paralympian to be inducted to the Orangeville Hall of Fame in Ontario, Canada. (, 2010)

The gymnasium at East Garafraxa Public School in Ontario, Canada, was renamed in his honour. He had previously been a student at the school. (, 19 Nov 2008)

He was named the 2006 Ontario Male Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in Canada. (, 08 Mar 2010)
Other sports
He won a gold medal in wheelchair basketball at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (NPC Media Guide, 2018)
He was born with sacral agenesis, a condition that affects his spine and his legs. (NPC Media Guide, 2018;, 17 Oct 2015)
Other information
He coaches the Central Ontario Para ice hockey team in Canada. He has also served as a member of the athletes' council for the Canadian Paralympic Committee [CPC]. (, 18 Jan 2017;, 2017)

In 2016 he switched to playing in defence in order to allow younger players to play in the forward positions for the Canada national team. "It's a whole new world for me. It's cool to see the team in a fresh, new light, and to see some young blood come up for sure. It wasn't a demotion, it was just a new challenge. It's where I need to be to help the team, and I'm having fun with it." (, 03 Dec 2016)

He works as a programme development facilitator for All Sports, All People [ASAP], a non-profit organisation in Simcoe County, ON, Canada. The organisation creates sports programmes for children with physical and developmental impairments. (Facebook profile, 22 Jan 2018)

In 2010 he became the first player to score 100 goals for Canada when he found the net against the Republic of Korea. (, 08 Mar 2010)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 1
Mixed Group B 4
Mixed Group B 5
Mixed Semifinal 201
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 102
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 2
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 4
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 1
Mixed Semifinal 2014-03-13 202
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 2014-03-15 102
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-10 2
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group A 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group A - Standings 2018-03-13 1
Mixed Tournament Semifinal 2018-03-15 1
Mixed Tournament Gold Medal Match 2018-03-18 1