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Burnaby Sport Hall of Fame - 2011
ATHLETE CATEGORY: Jason Delesalle

Best Performances
1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
- Pentathlon: Gold medalist and Paralympic Games record holder (3,050 points)
- Discus: Bronze medalist

1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games
- Javelin: Silver medalist

1990 International Blind Sports Association World Youth Games
- 100m: Silver medalist
- 200m: Silver medalist
- Long jump: Silver medalist

Career
1992 – 2004: Numerous provincial and national championship medals.

Biography
In February of 1992, Jason Delesalle moved from Tumbler Ridge in northern BC to Burnaby in order to access better coaching and facilities in his endeavors to compete in athletics at an elite level. Throughout his entire athletic career, Delesalle called Burnaby home and is a graduate of Burnaby Central Secondary.

Just 5 months after moving to Burnaby, Delesalle qualified to represent Canada at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games where he won the silver medal in the javelin. Just 4 years after that, he won the gold medal in the pentathlon at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games with a new Paralympic Games record of 3,050 points.

At the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, he suffered a hamstring injury while training and was only able to finish 7th in the discus.

Between 1992 and 203, Delesalle won multiple Canadian championship titles as well as multiple medals, many of them gold, at World Championships and Pan American Games. He is also both the BC and Canadian record holder in the pentathlon for visually impaired men. He is also a multiple past recipient of BC Athletics Physically Disabled Athlete of the Year award.

In 1998, Delesalle was chosen as one of a very select few to participate in the Home Depot’s “O” Program, which allowed athletes to have flexible work schedules so they could work and train effectively. He was also selected for a number of years to receive national carding, which required significant and consistent performances.

Delesalle is currently an athletics coach with the Royal City Track and Field Club in New Westminster, coaching young children to become the best they can be. He is also a past athletics coach at Burnaby Central Secondary, helping the team reach a top 5 finish at the BC High School Provincial Championships.

Jason continues to give back to the to the sport and community by being a strong ambassador to promote recreation and sport to children and adults, both able-bodied and blind or visually impaired and who want to get started in athletics or any other sport they choose at all levels.

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