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“Fear of a Flat Planet” Podcast with John Leslie

Mar 24, 2021

Toyota Canada believes the power of sport can change lives. To us, movement is a human right and mobility goes far beyond vehicles. We are dedicated to amplifying the strength of mobility and encouraging Canadians to participate in sports.

For this reason, we are a proud Official Mobility and Official Vehicle partner of Canada Snowboard, including Para Snowboard and four other National Sports Organizations that recognize the uniting power of human movement through sport. Through these partnerships, we hope to inspire Canadians to stay active, crush goals, and overcome barriers.

“I had such a supportive community, friend group, and family. It really wasn’t just me, I’m a product of my surroundings and I hit the jackpot. It’s one of those opportunities [to choose your outlook] on the world.  If I had the attitude of “this sucks, woe is me” that’s what I received, but If I was positive and tried new things, that’s what I got.” – John Leslie

In this episode of “Fear of a Flat Planet” presented by Toyota Canada, Henry Jackson interviews John Leslie – 2 x Paralympian, multiple world cup medalist, soon to be host of the FOAFP Paralympic episodes, and proud owner of a Toyota Tacoma.

Topic Rundown:

  • Pivoting life during the pandemic & Spearhead Traverse splitboarding goal
  • Growing up outside of a big mountain town
  • John’s trip out west and start with the Paralympic team
  • Progressing and growing with Canada Snowboard
  • Childhood sports and cancer diagnosis, return to sport and transition to snowboarding
  • How the snowboarding community accepts Paralympic snowboarders
  • Dealing with burnout post PyeongChang 2018 and into the pandemic, and goals for Beijing 2022
  • Showcasing John’s prosthetic foot quiver, and how his foot prosthetic works with his snowboarding and in the gym
  • How to approach a Paralympic snowboarder 101 – how to ask questions and chat with a Paralympian
  • John’s riding when he’s not in competition and how he progresses his boarding outside of training camps
  • How to stay driven and motivated, and what the competition is like within the team.