Jason  Dunkerley

Jason Dunkerley

Jason Dunkerley works at the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, http://www.ala.ca/content/home.asp, where he coordinates the All Abilities Welcome program. He’s a founding member of Achilles Ottawa, a running club for blind and visually impaired runners. Sport has been important in his own life. He and his two brothers grew up with severe visual impairment resulting from a congenital eye condition. They all attended a school for blind students where sports were encouraged. He took up competitive running with the help of a guide runner. In 1998 he qualified for his first national Para Athletics team. He has since represented Canada at four Paralympic Games, capturing 1500 metre silver in 2000 and again in 2004, and winning 1500 metre bronze in 2008 with his long time guide runner Greg Dailey. At the 2012 London Paralympic Games he and new guide runner Josh Karanja won bronze in the 1500 metres and silver in the 5000 metres for totally blind athletes.