Chantal Petitclerc

Gold Medalist, Paralympian Athlete

Chantal Petitclerc

Chantal Petitclerc
Gold Medalist, Paralympian Athlete

Chantal was born on December 15, 1969 in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Québec. At the age of 13, she lost the use of her legs following an accident. Convincing her to take up swimming in order to develop her strength and stamina, her high school physical education teacher, Gaston Jacques, would have a decisive impact on her life. For Chantal, that was her first contact with sport and training. Four years later, she would discover wheelchair athletics, paving the way for a long and very successful career which would take her to the Barcelona Games in 1992, and ultimately, to the Beijing Games in 2008.

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Chantal’s career in numbers:    

Chantal has received several recognitions for her sporting career, including being appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec (2005), being named Personality of the Year by La Presse newspaper (2004) and receiving the Laureus international award (2005). Other recognition:

Chantal Petitclerc is a highly sought after speaker, and shares her story with dozens of groups each year, both throughout Canada and abroad. She participates in projects by various Paralympic athletics and sports organizations, in addition to working as a spokesperson for Défi Sportif in Montréal and as an ambassador for the international Right to Play organization.  Website:www.chantalpetitclerc.com