John McRoberts


John McRoberts

Athlete Bio

John learned to sail as a child, but his real passion was soccer, prior to his injury in 1981 when he became quadriplegic after a diving accident.

Coming from a sporting family, he was always looking for a place he could shine, competing as a road racer and in wheelchair rugby before finding sailing again in the 1990s. ‘Disabled sailing was in its early days then,’ says John. ‘We have come so far, from strapping ourselves in any old tub to the bespoke high-performance boats we sail today. It’s amazing to be a part of this story and we’re nowhere near finished yet. What I love most about sailing is that out there I am a racer, the same as anyone else. With the right equipment, anything is possible.’

John sails with wife Jackie Gay. They were both recently honoured as 2013 Sail Canada Team of the Year. John is a bronze medallist from the 2008 Paralympic Games. John and Jackie competed at the Rio Paralympic Games and brought home a silver medal for Canada.

Athlete Stats

ClassRS Venture Connect
Team2022 Équipe canadienne de voile


  • The Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition features 60 athletes from 23 nations, in 41 boats racing across three Paralympic disciplines. Racing runs from Monday 12 September through to Saturday 17 September 2016 with 65 male and 15 female sailors racing out of Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sailing made its Paralympic debut at Sydney 2000 having previously been a demonstration sport at Atlanta 1996. For more information or requests please contact Daniel Smith at World Sailing on or phone +44 (0) 7771 542 131.     

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Recent Results

Year Competition Location Placing
2022Championnat du monde RS Venture ConnectOman4 (avec Scott Lutes)
20192019 La Caixa Para World Sailing ChampionshipsSpain1st
2018Para World ChampionshipsSheboygan, WI, USA3rd
2018US Para Sailing Championships1st
2016Paralympic GamesRio, Brazil2nd

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