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Chantal Petitclerc (1969- )
Chantal Petitclerc
Chantal Petitclerc
(James Duhamel photo, courtesy of Alcan)

Chantal Petitclerc is a talented Canadian athlete who has gained international acclaim for her achievements in the field of wheelchair racing. A seasoned competitor in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and many major marathons, Chantal Peticlerc has set numerous records and won many awards and medals. At the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece, Chantal earned five gold medals and broke three world records. On March 29th, 2005, Chantal was selected as Canadian Female Athlete of the Year for the Canadian Sports Awards.

Chantal participated in her final Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008, where she won five gold medals and set three world records. After competing in five Paralympic Games this amazing athlete won a total of 21 medals. In December 2008 she was voted Female Athlete of the year by The Canadian Press, the first time that a Paralympian has received this honour.

Chantal Peticlerc was born in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec. An accident at age 13 left her a parapalegic. The young girl discovered sports after a high school physical education teacher encouraged her to take up swimming. At eighteen Chantal tried wheelchair racing, and became passionate about the sport. Determined to become a top athlete, Chantal began training--with dreams of becoming the best in the world. This great Canadian athlete is highly-respected for her determination and perseverance.

Chantal Petitclerc
Chantal Petitclerc
(James Duhamel photo, courtesy of Alcan)

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  • Gregson, Ian. Irresistible force: disability sport in Canada. Victoria: Polestar Book Publisher, 1999.
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