Birthdate : 13 June 1986
Birthplace : Canada
Hometown : Mississauga
Language : English
Provincial affiliation : Athletics Ontario
Club : Cruisers Sports For The Physically Disabled
Coach : Ken Thom
Event specialization : Middle Distance, Sprints
Wheelchair racer Curtis Thom made a successful return to competition in 2016 after having surgery the previous season. At the 2016 nationals in Edmonton he won the T54 100, 200 and 400-m races each by 0.25 seconds or less. He was named to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games team in the 400-m and 4X400-m relay.
Thom required surgery in 2015 to repair his ventricular shunt, a device that prevents fluid from building up in the brain. He was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He had four operations in the first 10 days of his life and although he had learned to walk by age two, a growth spurt while he was still a small boy meant he required further surgery for a tethered spinal cord. He has used a wheelchair ever since.
Thom started wheelchair racing at age 10. He was inspired to try the sport after watching the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.
2004 and 2012 Paralympic Games… 2006, 2011 and 2013 IPC World Championships…
Competed at 2004 and 2012 Paralympic Games… The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association athlete of the year in 2001, 2002 and 2003, Thom also won the 2003 Athlete of the Year award for the city of Mississauga.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2013 IPC World Championships 4X400m relay 1st
2012 Paralympic Games 100m 6th
2011 IPC World Championships 200m 7th
2006 IPC World Championships 4X100m relay 6th
2004 Paralympic Games 4X400m relay 8th
2004 Paralympic Games 4X10m relay 4th
|100 Metre||Outdoor||14.35||Canadian Track & Field Championships||Calgary||2012-06-27|
|200 Metre||Outdoor||25.40||Boiling Point Elite||Windsor||2012-07-14|
|400 Metre||Outdoor||47.20||Ian Hume Invitation||Sherbrooke||2012-06-17|
|800 Metre||Outdoor||1:39.99||Ian Hume Invitation||Sherbrooke||2010-06-13|