Humboldt’s Jacob Wassermann has never backed down from a challenge. Now, he is embarking on his latest adventure with the same determination and courage he’s always exhibited.  

The Saskatoon Club rowing phenom will represent Canada at the 2024 Paris Paralympics. Wassermann has recently been named to Team Canada and will compete in the PR1 Men’s single event. Jacob is coached by High Performance coach Andrew Knorr out of the Saskatoon Rowing Club where Jacob began his journey just two short years ago. 

The Humboldt native was on the Humboldt Broncos bus the day of the fateful crash over 6 years ago. Left paralyzed, he staged a remarkable spirit through his recovery, first taking up competitive wakeboarding and excelling at the sport. 

When the opportunity was presented to him, he migrated to rowing where he took fire and began to show his remarkable potential. He will be making his Paralympic debut after only his first full international season competing in Para rowing.  

“It feels like a bit of a dream,” said Wasserman. “My whole life I have wanted to be a professional athlete and compete against the best in the world. I’m extremely excited to have this opportunity to represent my club, Saskatchewan and Canada. I think this will be a great opportunity to learn and develop further.”  

“Jacob joined the Saskatoon rowing club as part of our introduction to adaptive rowing funded by SaskLotteries. His dedication and drive to excel has allowed him to reach his goal of qualifying for a Paralympic Games very quickly. We are extremely proud of everything that Jacob has accomplished and look forward to seeing him on the international stage.” Nicole Golden, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Rowing. 

The Paris Paralympics will take on a new level of intensity for Saskatchewan fans as Humboldt home towner Jacob Wassermann strives to do himself and his country proud.