Canada at the Paralympics

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Canada at the
Paralympics
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IPC code CAN
NPC Canadian Paralympic Committee
Website www.paralympic.ca
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

Canada has participated eleven times in the Summer Paralympic Games and in all Winter Paralympic Games. They first competed at the Summer Games in 1968 and the Winter Games in 1976.

Milestones[edit]

At the 2000 Summer Paralympics, Stephanie Dixon sets the Canadian record for most gold medals at a single Paralympics, Winter or Summer, with 5.[1]

At the 2002 Winter Paralympics, Canada set a new total Canadian gold medal record haul at a Winter Paralympics, with 6.[2]

At the 2004 Summer Paralympics, Chantal Petitclerc ties the 5 gold medal record at a single Games.[1] She also won the demonstration sport of Wheelchair Racing in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

At the 2008 Summer Paralympics, Chantal Petitclerc again ties the 5 gold medal record at a single Games.[1]

In 2010, Brian McKeever of Canada became the first athlete in the world to be named to the Winter Paralympics and Winter Olympics teams in the same year. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was scheduled to compete in the men's 50 km cross-country race.[3][4][5]

At the 2010 Winter Paralympics, Viviane Forest became the first para-athlete to win a gold in both the Winter and Summer Games, by winning the Women's Downhill for Visually Impaired. She had previously won gold in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Paralympics for women's goalball.[6][7]

Lauren Woolstencroft became the first Canadian to win 3 golds at the same Winter Paralympics, at the 2010 edition,[8] this was eventually upped to 5 golds. With her 4th gold medal, she helped Canada set a record for most gold medals at any Winter Paralympic Games by winning the 7th medal. The previous mark was six, set at the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics.[2] With her 5th gold medal, she set the record for most gold medals won by any Winter Paralympian at a single Games, and she tied the record for gold medal haul of any Canadian Paralympian at a single Games, tying Chantal Petitclerc (who did the feat twice) and Stephanie Dixon, both Summer Paralympians.[1] Her five gold are also the record for any Canadian Winter Paralympian or Olympian.[9]

At the 2010 Games, Canada collected the most total medals and the most gold medals of any Winter Paralympics, up through 2010 for Canada, with 19 total medals, and 10 golds.[10]

At the 2018 Winter Paralympics cross country skier Brian McKeever became Canada's most decorated Winter Paralympian when he won a 14th medal in five Games from 2002 to 2018, passing the late Lana Spreeman, who won 13 medals in para-alpine skiing between 1980 and 1994.[11]

Hosting the Games[edit]

Canada has hosted the Games twice.

Games Host city Dates Nations Participants Events
1976 Summer Paralympics Toronto August 3 to August 11, 1976 32 1657 447 in 13 sports
2010 Winter Paralympics Vancouver March 12 to March 21, 2010 44 506 64 in 5 sports

In 1976, and in 2010, Canada also hosted the Olympic Games counterpart, the 1976 Summer Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics respectively. Canada did not host the Paralympic Games counterpart to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta; this was the last Winter Olympics that the host city did not also host the Winter Paralympics. The 1988 Summer Paralympics was the first Paralympics to be linked to the hosting of the Summer Olympics. The 1976 Summer Olympics were hosted in Montreal, and not linked to the Toronto Paralympiad.

Medals[edit]

The ranking in these table is based on information provided by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and is consistent with IPC convention in its published medal tables, ordered first of all by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won, followed by the number of silver medals and then the number of bronze medals.

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1984 New York-Stoke Mandeville878269238
1980 Arnhem643531130
1988 Seoul544255151
2000 Sydney38332596
1992 Barcelona28212675
2004 Athens28192572
1976 Toronto (Host)25262677
1996 Atlanta24242472
2008 Beijing19102150
2016 Rio8101129
2012 London715931
1968 Tel-Aviv66719
1972 Heidelberg56819
Totals (13 games)3933293371059
Medals by sport
  Leading in that sport
SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics198162166526
Swimming161121120402
Wheelchair basketball6118
Cycling5131331
Lawn bowls4127
Wrestling37010
Shooting3317
Archery3014
Goalball2136
Boccia1359
Equestrian1269
Table tennis1146
Sailing1124
Powerlifting0303
Wheelchair rugby0213
Football 7-a-side0101
Paratriathlon0101
Volleyball0101
Judo0044
Rowing0011
Totals (20 sports)3893243301043

Medals by Winter Games[edit]

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
2010 Vancouver (Host)105419
2018 Pyeongchang841628
2014 Sochi72716
2002 Salt Lake City64515
1988 Innsbruck53513
2006 Turin53513
1984 Innsbruck28414
1992 Tignes-Albertsville24612
1980 Geilo2316
1976 Örnsköldsvik2024
1998 Nagano19515
1994 Lillehammer1258
Totals (12 games)514765163
Medals by sport
  Leading in that sport
SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Alpine skiing263746109
Cross-country skiing1961035
Wheelchair curling3014
Biathlon22610
Para ice hockey1225
Totals (5 sports)514765163

Records[edit]

Summer Paralympics[edit]

Multi medalists[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have won at least three gold medals or five medals at the Summer Paralympics. Bold athletes are athletes who are still in active.

No. Athlete Sport Years Games Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Edgson Swimming 1984-1992 3 M 18 3 0 21
2 Chantal Petitclerc Athletics 1992-2008 5 F 14 5 2 21
3 Benoît Huot Swimming 2000-2016 5 M 9 5 6 20
3 Walter Wu Swimming 1996-2004 3 M 9 4 2 15
4 Stephanie Dixon Swimming 2000-2008 3 F 7 8 2 17
4 Arnold Boldt Athletics 1976-1992, 2012 6 M 7 1 0 8
5 Joanne Mucz Swimming 1984-1992 3 F 6 2 0 8
6 Lisa Franks Athletics 2000-2008 3 F 6 1 0 7
Jessica Sloan Swimming 2000 1 F 6 1 0 7
Michelle Stilwell Athletics
Wheelchair basketball
2000-2016 5 F 6 1 0 7
6 Joanne Bouw Athletics 1984-1996 4 F 5 0 2 7
7 Eugene Reimer Athletics 1968-1980 4 M 4 5 2 11
8 Valerie Grand'Maison Swimming 2008-2012 2 F 4 4 0 8
8 Jacques Martin Athletics 1984-2000 5 M 4 3 2 9
9 Andre Viger Athletics 1980-1996 5 M 3 3 4 10
10 Danielle Campo Swimming 2000-2004 2 F 3 2 2 7
10 Rick Hansen Athletics 1980-1984 2 M 3 2 1 6
11 Aurelie Rivard Swimming 2012-2016 2 F 3 2 0 5
11 Philippe Gagnon Swimming 2000 1 M 3 1 0 4
12 Andre Beaudoin Athletics 1988-2008 6 M 2 7 6 15
13 Marc Quessy Athletics 1988-1996 3 M 1 5 2 8
14 Brent Lakatos Athletics 2012-2016 2 M 1 4 2 7
15 John Belanger Athletics 1984-1988 2 M 0 4 0 4
16 Joyce Murland Athletics
Shooting
1972-1976 2 F 0 2 3 5

Multi golds at single Games[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have won at least two gold medals in a single Games. Ordered categorically by gold medals earned, sports then year.

No. Athlete Sport Year Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
Athletics
1 Tham Simpson Athletics 1984 F 5 0 0 5
2 Lisa Franks Athletics 2000 F 4 1 0 5
3 Jamie Bone Athletics 1988 M 3 0 1 4
4 Laura Misciagna Athletics 1980 F 3 0 0 3
Richard Reelie Athletics 1988 M 3 0 0 3
Frank Bruno Athletics 1992 M 3 0 0 3
6 Eugene Reimer Athletics 1968 M 2 1 0 3
Rick Hansen Athletics 1984 M 2 1 0 3
8 James Shaw Athletics 1996 M 2 0 1 3
Swimming
1 Michael Edgson Swimming 1988 M 9 0 0 9
2 Jessica Sloan Swimming 2000 F 6 1 0 7
3 Walter Wu Swimming 1996 M 6 0 1 7
4 Stephanie Dixon Swimming 2000 F 5 2 0 7
5 Joanne Mucz Swimming 1992 F 5 0 0 5
6 Valerie Grand'Maison Swimming 2008 F 3 2 0 5
7 Danielle Campo Swimming 2000 F 3 1 0 4
Philippe Gagnon Swimming 2000 M 3 1 0 4
Aurelie Rivard Swimming 2016 F 3 1 0 4
10 Summer Mortimer Swimming 2012 F 2 1 1 4
Multiple sports
1 Martha Gustafson Athletics 1984 F 5 0 0 7
Swimming 1 1 0

Multi medals at single Games[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have won at least three medals in a single event at the Summer Paralympics. Ordered categorically by medals earned, sports then gold medals earned.

No. Athlete Sport Event Years Games Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Arnold Boldt Athletics High jump 1976-1992 5 M 5 0 0 5
2 Benoît Huot Swimming 200m individual medley 2000-2016 5 M 3 0 1 4
3 Martha Gustafson Athletics Discus throw 1976-1984 3 F 3 0 0 3
4 Walter Wu Swimming 400m freestyle 1996-2004 3 M 2 1 0 3
Kirby Cote Swimming 200m individual medley 2000-2008 3 F 2 1 0 3

Most appearances[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have competed in four or more Summer Paralympics. Active athletes are in bold. Athletes who were aged under 15 years of age and over 40 years of age are in bold.

No. Athlete Sport Birth Year Games Years First/Last Age Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Clayton Gerein Athletics 1964 1984-2008 20 - 40 M 3 1 1 5
2 Arnold Boldt Athletics
Cycling
1957 1976-1992, 2012 18 - 35 M 7 1 0 8
3 Andre Viger Athletics 1952 1980-1996 27 - 43 M 3 3 4 10
Chantal Petitclerc Athletics 1969 1992-2008 22 - 39 F 14 5 2 21
Paul Tingley Sailing 1970 2000-2016 30 - 46 M 1 0 2 3
Benoît Huot Swimming 1984 2000-2016 26 - 32 M 9 4 6 20

Winter Paralympics[edit]

Multi-medalists[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have won at least two gold medals or three medals at the Winter Paralympics. Athletes in bold are still active.

No. Athlete Sport Years Games Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Brian McKeever Cross-country skiing 2002-2018 4 M 13 2 2 17
2 Lauren Woolstencroft Alpine skiing 2002-2010 3 F 8 1 1 10
3 Sonja Gaudet Wheelchair curling 2006-2014 3 F 3 0 0 3
4 Mac Marcoux Alpine skiing 2014-2018 2 M 2 0 3 5
5 Ina Forrest Wheelchair curling 2010-2018 3 F 2 0 1 3
6 Lana Spreeman Alpine skiing 1980-1994 5 F 1 6 6 13
7 Viviane Forest Alpine skiing 2010 1 F 1 3 1 5
8 Stacy Kohut Alpine skiing 1994-2002 3 F 1 3 0 4
9 Mark Arendz Biathlon 2014-2018 2 M 1 2 2 5
10 Mollie Jepsen Alpine skiing 2018 1 F 1 1 2 4
Chris Williamson Alpine skiing 2002-2014 4 M 1 1 2 4
11 Natalie Wilkie Cross country skiing 2018 1 F 1 1 1 3
12 Karolina Wisniewska Alpine skiing 1998-2002, 2010 3 F 0 4 4 8

Multi golds at one game[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have won at least two gold medals at a single Winter Paralympics. Order by gold medals earned, sport then year.

No. Athlete Sport Year Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Lauren Woolstencroft Alpine skiing 2010 F 5 0 0 5

Multi medals at one game[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have won at least three medals in a single event at the Winter Paralympics. Order by medals earned, sport then year.

No. Athlete Sport Event Years Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Brian McKeever Cross-country skiing 10km cross country 2002-2018 M 5 0 0 5
2 Sonja Gaudet Wheelchair curling Mixed curling team 2006-2014 F 3 0 0 3
3 Ina Forrest Wheelchair curling Mixed curling team 2010-2018 F 2 0 1 3

Most appearances[edit]

This is a list of Canadian athletes who have competed in at least four Winter Paralympics. Still active athletes are in bold.

No. Athlete Sport Born Year Games Years First/Last Age Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Lana Spreeman Alpine skiing 1955 1980-1994 24 - 38 F 1 6 6 13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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