Jonathan Vermette got his first taste of wheelchair basketball at a rehabilitation facility in 2001. He began playing the sport four years later alongside his twin brother Philippe, after their father created a club team in their hometown of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Vermette is known for his intensity on the basketball court and he credits his work ethic on the defensive side of the ball for propelling his career forward. He made his debut with Team Canada at the world junior championship in 2009 and takes great pride in donning the maple leaf.
“It is a huge honour to play for Team Canada because it is a program with a winning history and I am proud to be a part of it,” he says.
“It is a program with a winning history and I am proud to be a part of it.” – Jonathan Vermette
In 2013, Vermette once again cracked the Junior National Team roster and also made his debut with the Senior Men’s National Team after being called up to compete for Canada at the Americas Cup.
He earned a full-time roster spot on the senior team in 2014.
After competing for the collegiate wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois for two seasons, Vermette returned home to Canada and committed to training at the groundbreaking Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy to hone his skills and further his development.
When he’s not training for wheelchair basketball, Vermette enjoys travelling and practicing other sports such as skiing, tennis and handcycling.
- Vermette has a twin brother, Philippe, who also played for Team Canada
- He played wheelchair basketball for the University of Illinois for two years
Awards / Highlights
- Won back-to-back gold medals with Team Quebec at the Canada Games in 2007 and 2011
Major International Competition
|Paralympic Games: 1||0||0||0||11th (’16)|
|World Junior Championships: 2||0||0||0||6th (’13), 8th (’09)|
|World Championships: 1||0||0||0||12th (’18)|
|Year||GP||Min||M/G||Field Goals||3 Pts||Free Throws||Rebounds||AS||TO||ST||BS||PF||FO||PTS||P/G|
Legend: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes; M/G = Minutes per Game; M/A = Made / Attempted; OR = Offensive Rebounds; DR = Defensive Rebounds; TOT = Total; AS = Assists; TO = Turn Overs; ST = Steals; BS = Blocked Shots;PF = Personal Foul; FO = Foul On; PTS = Points; P/G = Points per Game
|International||Canada (SMNT)||Canada||2013; 2014-Present|
|International||Canada (JMNT)||Canada||2009; 2013|
|Club (domestic)||National Academy||Canada||2013-2016|
|Club (domestic)||University of Illinois||Illinois (United States)||2012-2013|
|Club (domestic)||Bulldogs de Quebec||Quebec||–|
2019: 2nd place at Lima 2019 Parapan American Games…3rd place at the Wałbrzych President Cup Tournament in Poland (Team Canada)
2018: 3rd place at Mitsubishi Electric World Challenge Cup in Tokyo, Japan (Team Canada)…5th place at 2018 Continental Clash in Sheffield, GB (Team Canada)…12th place at the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships (Team Canada)
2017: 2nd place at Americas Cup in Cali Colombia (Team Canada)… 5th place at CWBL National Championship with CIVA de Montreal in Montreal, Que. (domestic)…
2016: 11th place at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 4th Place at Continental Clash in Leicester, Great Britain (Team Canada)… 4th place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 1st place at CWBL National Championship Tier 1 with the Bulldogs de Quebec in Kamloops B.C. (domestic)…
2015: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Americas Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 4th place at Lakeshore Cup in Birmingham, USA (Team Canada)… 1st place at Canada Games with Team Quebec in Prince George, B.C. (domestic)… 1st place at CWBL National Championship with the Bulldogs de Quebec in Scarborough, Ont. (domestic)…
2014: 5th place at the Easter Tournament in Blankenberge, Belgium (Team Canada)… 1st place at CWBL National Championship with the Bulldogs de Quebec & named Second Team All-Star in Burlington, Ont. (domestic)…
2013: 6th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Adana, Turkey (Team Canada)… 6th place at Americas Cup in Bogota, Colombia (Team Canada)… 1st place at Men’s U23 Americas Zone Qualification Tournament in Mexico City, MEX (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Kitakyushu Champions Cup in Kitakyushu, Japan (Team Canada)…
2012: 3rd place at National Championships with Team Quebec in Vancouver, BC (domestic)…
2011: 1st place at Canada Games with Team Quebec in Halifax, NS (domestic)… 3rd place at National Championships with Team Quebec in Longueuil, QC (domestic)…
2010: 3rd place at National Championships with Team Quebec in Saskatoon, SK (domestic)… 1st place at the Junior National Championships with Team Quebec in Montreal, QC (domestic)…
2009: 8th place at Men’s U23 World Championship in Paris, France (Team Canada)…
2007: 1st place at Canada Games with Team Quebec in Whitehorse, Yukon (domestic)…