Achilles Canada was founded in 1999 by Mr. Brian McLean who is an athlete and marathon runner with both a hearing and visual impairment. Brian through his friendship with Mr. Dick Traum the first amputee to ever run the New York City Marathon realize there was a need to support athletes with both mental and physical challenges in Canada. He followed the example of Mr. Dick Traum who started the first benevolent organization for athletes with disabilities in the state of New York, United States. Brian experienced and realized the need to create opportunities to help athletes with disabilities compete in athletic events both locally and globally. In this realization the lives of thousands of physically challenged athletes were improved through the benevolent athletic programs that is now known from coast to coast in Canada as Achilles Canada.
Since 1999 athletes with both mental and physical challenges have achieved tremendous successes. Many thousands of these athletes have competed as well as many have represented our country in pristine events such as global competitions including the Paralympics and the Pan American Games.
It is the goal of Achilles Canada to continue to serve athletes with both mental and physical challenges so that they can improve their health, attitude and quality of life through athletics.