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 a narrow chance of survival. Perhaps through a combination of medicine, family prayer, and a will to live, Joshua won miraculously. The damage done 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.
Performing on the world stage
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, beating 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 at the Tyne Tunnel Race 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.
His ‘successes’ have not come without many ‘failures’. The stories of heartbreak and disappointment will resonate with all, and the reminder of how those instances allow us to grow and rise up to something higher. 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. Josh shares his experiences, providing insight into the mind of an elite world class athlete. His remarkable drive and determination is inspiring. Revealing how one can achieve balance and harmony in the physical, emotional, and mental realms, he also brings to light the significance of a universal spiritual connection, no matter which religious faith one follows. Joshua willingly passes on his education from his world travels, in alternative health practices, ancient methodology, and the energy world that science is still discovering.
An athlete, and an artist by nature, Joshua’s life consists of creating. A graduate of Sheridan College’s esteemed Illustration program, Josh received his BAA degree in 2009. Ever since, Josh has been working in between training sessions on a passion project which ties together his whole life of sport, art, music, and writing, aimed at enlightening, inspiring and motivating the world.
Josh doesn’t focus his talks about his disability- it’s something he already conquered at an early age. Overcoming those early obstacles taught him many lessons which he has applied to his life ever since. He has been on a journey that has led him to something much bigger. The purpose of life. True Happiness. Inner Peace. Self Belief. Being the most ultimate version of ourselves, for the world.
A true living example of the motto “Anything is Possible”, Joshua is now focussed on attaining the one elusive medal, a Paralympic gold at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. In between preparations, he shares his lessons and revelations on life through his story and example. Hearing him speak once is never enough..
Positive vibes, light, love, and determination, Joshua Cassidy will motivate you with his passion. Share in this journey, a mutual quest for greatness, and above all, happiness.
Date of Birth:
November 15th, 1984
Place of Birth:
Port Elgin, Ontario Canada
150lbs / 68kg
Amanda Fader, Jenny Archer
Pursuit Athletic Centre Guelph, ON
Track & Field Club
Draft Wheelchairs – Huntingdon, UK
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Personal fulfillment is only half of Josh’s story. In addition to a grueling training schedule, Josh continues to spend time supporting several foundations and organizations near and dear to his heart.
The Right to Play is an organization who’s mission is to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
Niamh is a little girl with Neuroblastoma cancer who touched Joshua’s heart at the age of 5. She passed on from this physical world when she lost her battle with the same cancer that affected Josh at birth. She has since helped many other children from above, through her story, and smile, as her parents continue to raise funds for Neuroblastoma cancer, with the same charity that was initially set up for Niamh’s survival. Niamh’s Next Step raises funds for children fighting this cancer, and funds research to find a cure.
Patron of Neuroblastoma Alliance UK helping children and families affected by neuroblastoma by providing financial assistance for children’s treatment; supporting families affected by the disease and funding research.
Josh has visited several hospitals, and many schools, as often as time permits.
Please get in touch should you have an opportunity in mind.
Josh has a wide reach both nationally and internationally. He has been featured on Honey Nut Cheerios as well as judging in Miss Universe Canada.
Josh has another passion in art, graduating with a BAA in Illustration at Sheridan College in 2009. He looks forward to pursuing this further after his athletic career.