Although his rise within the sport of wheelchair basketball has been swift, Justin Johnson maintains a strong work ethic and a dedication to fair play.
Johnson was drawn to the competitive nature of wheelchair basketball following an introduction to the sport through the [Bridging the Gap] program at a rehabilitation centre in 2011. A natural athlete, he thrives on the thrill of the competition and with nothing to hold him back he pushes himself both physically and mentally every time he is on the court.
Thanks to his dedication to training and his willingness to seize every opportunity provided to him, Johnson is well on his way to achieving his dream of competing in the Paralympic Games.
He reached a major milestone along that journey after earning a roster spot on the Canadian Men’s U23 Wheelchair Basketball Team in 2013.
A native of Langley, BC, he lists Team Canada alumni Jamie Borisoff, Richard Peter and Bo Hedges as role models who have helped him grow within the sport. Johnson hopes to one day pay it forward by helping other young athletes to develop their game and pursue their dreams.
- Prior to wheelchair basketball, he was an elite mountain biker and placed second at the Canada Cup downhill mountain biking race in 2010
Awards / Highlights
- Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Athlete of the Year in 2013
- Named an All-Star at the Junior West Regional Championship in 2013
- Named the Most Improved Player in Division I of BC-CWBL in 2013
|International||Team Canada (Jr. Men)||Canada||2013|
|Club (domestic)||DC Royals||British Columbia||2011-Present|
2013: 1st place at Men’s U23 Americas Zone Qualification Tournament in Mexico City, MEX (Team Canada)… 1st place at Junior West Regional Championship with the BC Warriors & named All-Star in Prince George, BC (domestic)… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Junior Athlete of the Year…