Morgan Bird began competitive swimming at the age of 11 after participating in a rookie camp.
She embraced the sport as a alternative to physiotherapy in helping to manage her cerebral palsy.
Her coaches quickly saw her potential and told her that she could have a promising future in swimming.
Morgan started swimming with Team Canada at age 15 and competed at the 2012 Paralympics in London and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, as well as numerous world championships and international competitions.
On home soil at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto in 2015, Morgan won gold in the 50-m and 400-m freestyle and took silver in 100-m freestyle.
Despite being born in the 90’s, Morgan’s pre-race playlist consists of Bon Jovi, the Eagles and Billy Joel.
Alister McQueen started in hockey at age four and played a variety of sports, including soccer, baseball, football and swimming, throughout his youth.
He was a member of the Canadian standing amputee hockey team and won world championships with them in 2008 and 2010.
Since 2011, Alister has been a consistent member of the national athletics team. During his first year, he made the podium with bronze medals in the both the 200-m sprint and javelin at the Parapan Am Games in Mexico.
Alister competed in the 100-m and 200-m sprints as well as javelin at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Following those games, he decided to focus solely on javelin and had great success at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where he brought home a silver medal.
Michelle Salt is a realtor, motivational speaker and Team Canada para-snowboard athlete. She was born and raised on a game farm outside of a small Alberta town and, at 13, fell in love with snowboarding.
In June 2011, Michelle lost her right leg above the right knee in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. During her recovery, she became determined to one day participate in the Paralympic Games.
Team Canada’s sledge hockey captain, Greg Westlake, met with Michelle early in her recovery and encouraged her to follow her Paralympic dreams.
Just two and a half years later, she became the first ever female Canadian Paralympic snowboarder when she competed in the Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
Since then, Michelle has enjoyed several busy racing seasons. In 2015-2016, she had five podium performances and came only a few centimetres short of a first career win at the last World Cup of the season.
Chad “Jazzi” Jassman grew up in Burstall, Saskatchewan with a love for sports. He played everything he could, including competitive hockey, throughout his youth.
At 20 years old, he was on the career path to becoming a pilot when he broke his back in a car accident.
Meeting National Women’s wheelchair basketball team veteran, Kendra Ohama, while recovering in hospital inspired Jazzi to take the sport up for himself.
After a year and a half of developing his skills with the Calgary Grizzlies, Jazzi got onto the radar of Team Canada.
He missed the cut for a number of years, but his blue collar work ethic and perseverance paid off with a roster spot on the National Team in 2009.
Jazzi won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2012 Paralympics in London and spent four seasons playing professionally for the Trier Dolphins in Germany.