Canadian Paralympians Colton Liddle, John Leslie, and Andrew Genge with Jones Brown CEO Rod Campbell.

When Rod Campbell and Eric Escaravage made their way to the Whistler Athletes’ Village last week, they had had some special cargo: a freshly built Kona Process 153 ready to surprise three members of the Canada Snowboard Paralympic team.

Escaravage, Communications Coordinator at Canada Snowboard, had told the three boarders they were being interviewed for the Association’s updated website, and they had no reason to believe otherwise. That was, of course, until Campbell, CEO of Vancouver insurance firm Jones Brown, and snuck up and presented them with the brand new Process on behalf of his firm.

Andrew Genge, Colton Liddle and John Leslie, who are all keen mountain bikers, were ecstatic with the addition of the bike to their Whistler training set up. The bike will be available to all the members of the Canadian Paralympic Snowboard team whenever they are training in Whistler.

John Leslie lost his leg to cancer at the age of ten. It didn’t take him long to resume his life after his incredible above the knee amputation (watch the video below), and he even represented his high school on their able-bodied snowboard team without the coach even knowing he had a prosthetic lower leg!

Not content with just a handshake photo, the boys were quick to grab their helmets and head over to one of the many trails surrounding the Whistler Athletes’ Centre near Function Junction to test the bike out and show Rod and Eric just how well utilized the bike would be. We’re thinking a detailed booking form is going to be needed!

Andrew Genge is a boarder cross specialist from Oshawa, ON. He suffered a severe traumatic stroke after a tragic Rugby tackle in a high school game. You can support Andrew on his journey here.

Colton Liddle grew up in Ontario and had a passion for the outdoors and adventure racing. A tragic accident at a fuel station while working as Forest Fire Ranger in Ontario changed his direction and led him to Whistler where he is now aiming to get a full-time spot on the Canadian Paralympic Snowboard Team. You can support Colton on his journey here.

John’s story is told through this beautiful video produced by King Snowboard Magazine.

You can find more info on the Canadian Paralympic Snowboard team on the Canada Snowboard website here.