Nominated: Jason Surnoski for Male Athlete of the Year

Jason was diagnosed as an infant with spastic cerebral palsy with right sided hemiplegia. Cerebral palsy influences movement and coordination, as well as having adverse effects on posture and balance. Jason’s condition is primarily right sided, however his left side is also affected and as such, results in difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. His distance perception and spatial awareness are also impaired.

Related: ParaSport Ontario’s own, Renee Foessel has been nominated for Female Athlete of the Year

Growing up Jason was always quite the athlete. He played goalie in the SHI – Special Hockey International league, as well as pitched in the silver medal game at the 2009 Special Olympics. His attention though was eventually redirected to the sport of Para-Dressage. In 2010 Jason started riding for recreation, never thinking he would have his sights set on representing his country at the World Equestrian Games in 2018. Thanks to his background in sports, Jason found himself not only competing but placing at local hunter/jumper shows. Jason was, and still is, fascinated by the connection between a horse and it’s rider. He found the precision and execution of Dressage to be an incredible thing to experience and observe. After researching Para-Dressage online, Jason came to the realization that competing in this sport was something he wanted to strive towards.

Jason is currently long listed on the Para-Equestrian Canada athlete ranking list, as well as the World ranking list.

Congratulations Jason.

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