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Burnaby Sport Hall of Fame - 2011
ATHLETE CATEGORY: Jason Delesalle
1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
- Pentathlon: Gold medalist and Paralympic Games record holder (3,050
- 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
1992 – 2004: Numerous provincial and national championship medals.
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
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
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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