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Survivor of tragic Humboldt Broncos crash qualifies for Paralympics

Published March 28, 2024 at 7:36 PM
BY SAMER

Jacob Wasserman, a survivor of the tragic 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash, is set to compete as a Paralympian later this year in Paris.

According to Steven Ellis of Daily Faceoff, Wasserman has qualified for the 2024 Paralympic Games in the PR1 men's single rowing category. The event is scheduled to take place from August 30 to September 1 in Paris.

Former Humboldt Bronco Jacob Wassermann has qualified for 2024 Paris Paralympics




Wasserman, who previously played as a goaltender for the Broncos and earned the SJHL Rookie of the Year award, was left paralyzed from the navel down due to injuries sustained in the bus crash.

In an interview with Shane Clausing of 980 CJME last October, Wasserman mentioned that he had tried sledge hockey but felt it wasn't his calling. However, upon a friend's suggestion, he gave rowing a try and ended up winning the gold medal in the Men's PR1 single category at the 2023 National Para Rowing Championship.


Wasserman's journey to the Paralympics is ahead of schedule. In his interview with Clausing, he expressed his dream of competing in the Paralympics, with the ultimate goal being the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

"That's the dream," he told Clausing in October of getting to the Paralympics. "That's the goal for sure. L.A. 2028 is where we're looking to. We'll see (about Paris in 2024) I guess. There's a chance, but the big goal is for sure L.A."

Now, with his qualification for Paris 2024, he will gain valuable experience for his future aspirations.

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