Jessica Matassa

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Windsor, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Construction Worker, Coordinator
Languages
English
Higher education
Chemical Engineering - St Clair College: Windsor, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up the sport by Canadian Paralympian Raymond Grassi. "It started off as just for fun and then turned into something I thought, 'Why not give this a shot, too?'"
Club / Team
Windsor Bulldogs: Canada
Name of coach
Tara Chisholm [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Canada
Opponent
United States of America
Tournament
Exhibition Match
Location
Brampton, ON, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Flying planes. (Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 14 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racer Lisa Franks. (Canada Athletics, 18 Jun 2007)
Injuries
She suffered from gangrene in 2009. (jessicamatassa.blogspot.com, 18 Jun 2010)

In 2006 she underwent a series of six operations to fix complications created by an initial operation. As a result, she developed an infection and meningitis, leading to her spending 146 days in hospital. She was able to return to competitive sport the following year. (womenshockeylife.com, 09 Sep 2016)
Other sports
She competed in wheelchair racing at the Paralympic Games in 2004 and 2008. She won a bronze medal in the T54 800m at the 2004 Games in Athens. (paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (windsorstar.com, 18 Oct 2016)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (paralympic.ca, 2008)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a project coordinator for Matassa Construction, Inc. (Canadian Women's Sledge Hockey Facebook page, 14 Oct 2016)

PARA-ATHLETICS RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive wheelchair racing in 2010 due to a series of injuries and surgeries. "I was too far out of track to go back to it. My injury level [changed] and I wouldn't be able to race at the level I did. It was tough to let go." (windsorstar.com, 18 Oct 2016)