Canada at the Paralympics

Canada at the
Paralympics
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

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

Canada has hosted the Games twice.

GamesHost cityDatesNationsParticipantsEvents
1976 Summer ParalympicsTorontoAugust 3 to August 11, 1976321657447 in 13 sports
2010 Winter ParalympicsVancouverMarch 12 to March 21, 20104450664 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

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

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1968 Tel-Aviv6671912
1972 Heidelberg5681913
1976 Toronto (Host)252626776
1980 Arnhem6435311304
1984 New York-Stoke Mandeville8782692383
1988 Seoul5442551514
1992 Barcelona282126756
1996 Atlanta242424727
2000 Sydney383325963
2004 Athens281925723
2008 Beijing191021507
2012 London71593120
2016 Rio810112914
Total3933293371059
Medals by sport
   Leading in that sport
Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Archery3014
Athletics198162166526
Boccia1359
Cycling513135
Equestrian1269
Football 7-a-side0101
Goalball2136
Judo0044
Lawn bowls4127
Paratriathlon0101
Powerlifting0303
Rowing0011
Sailing1124
Shooting3317
Swimming161121120402
Table tennis1146
Volleyball0101
Wheelchair basketball6118
Wheelchair rugby0213
Wrestling37010
Total514765163

Medals by Winter Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1976 Örnsköldsvik20249
1980 Geilo23168
1984 Innsbruck2841410
1988 Innsbruck535138
1992 Tignes-Albertsville246129
1994 Lillehammer125814
1998 Nagano1951515
2002 Salt Lake City645156
2006 Turin535136
2010 Vancouver (Host)1054193
2014 Sochi727163
2018 Pyeongchang8416283
Total514765163
Medals by sport
   Leading in that sport
Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Alpine skiing263746109
Cross-country skiing1961035
Wheelchair curling3014
Para ice hockey1225
Biathlon22610
Total514765163

Records

Summer Paralympics

Multi medalists

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
1Michael Edgson Swimming 1984-19923M183021
2Chantal Petitclerc Athletics 1992-20085F145221
3Benoît Huot Swimming 2000-20165M95620
3Walter Wu Swimming 1996-20043M94215
4Stephanie Dixon Swimming 2000-20083F78217
4Arnold Boldt Athletics 1976-1992, 20126M7108
5Joanne Mucz Swimming 1984-19923F6208
6Lisa Franks Athletics 2000-20083F6107
Jessica Sloan Swimming 20001F6107
Michelle Stilwell Athletics
Wheelchair basketball
2000-20165F6107
6Joanne Bouw Athletics 1984-19964F5027
7Eugene Reimer Athletics 1968-19804M45211
8Valerie Grand'Maison Swimming 2008-20122F4408
8Jacques Martin Athletics 1984-20005M4329
9Andre Viger Athletics 1980-19965M33410
10Danielle Campo Swimming 2000-20042F3227
10Rick Hansen Athletics 1980-19842M3216
11Aurelie Rivard Swimming 2012-20162F3205
11Philippe Gagnon Swimming 20001M3104
12Andre Beaudoin Athletics 1988-20086M27615
13Marc Quessy Athletics 1988-19963M1528
14Brent Lakatos Athletics 2012-20162M1427
15John Belanger Athletics 1984-19882M0404
16Joyce Murland Athletics
Shooting
1972-19762F0235

Multi golds at single Games

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
1Tham Simpson Athletics 1984F5005
2Lisa Franks Athletics 2000F4105
3Jamie Bone Athletics 1988M3014
4Laura Misciagna Athletics 1980F3003
Richard Reelie Athletics 1988M3003
Frank Bruno Athletics 1992M3003
6Eugene Reimer Athletics 1968M2103
Rick Hansen Athletics 1984M2103
8James Shaw Athletics 1996M2013
Swimming
1Michael Edgson Swimming 1988M9009
2Jessica Sloan Swimming 2000F6107
3Walter Wu Swimming 1996M6017
4Stephanie Dixon Swimming 2000F5207
5Joanne Mucz Swimming 1992F5005
6Valerie Grand'Maison Swimming 2008F3205
7Danielle Campo Swimming 2000F3104
Philippe Gagnon Swimming 2000M3104
Aurelie Rivard Swimming 2016F3104
10Summer Mortimer Swimming 2012F2114
Multiple sports
1Martha Gustafson Athletics 1984F5007
Swimming 110

Multi medals at single Games

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
1Arnold Boldt Athletics High jump1976-19925M5005
2Benoît Huot Swimming 200m individual medley2000-20165M3014
3Martha Gustafson Athletics Discus throw1976-19843F3003
4Walter Wu Swimming 400m freestyle1996-20043M2103
Kirby Cote Swimming 200m individual medley2000-20083F2103

Most appearances

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
1Clayton Gerein Athletics 19641984-200820 - 40M3115
2Arnold Boldt Athletics
Cycling
19571976-1992, 201218 - 35M7108
3Andre Viger Athletics 19521980-199627 - 43M33410
Chantal Petitclerc Athletics 19691992-200822 - 39F145221
Paul Tingley Sailing 19702000-201630 - 46M1023
Benoît Huot Swimming 19842000-201626 - 32M94620

Winter Paralympics

Multi-medalists

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
1Brian McKeever Cross-country skiing 2002-20184M132217
2Lauren Woolstencroft Alpine skiing 2002-20103F81110
3Sonja Gaudet Wheelchair curling 2006-20143F3003
4Mac Marcoux Alpine skiing 2014-20182M2035
5Ina Forrest Wheelchair curling 2010-20183F2013
6Lana Spreeman Alpine skiing 1980-19945F16613
7Viviane Forest Alpine skiing 20101F1315
8Stacy Kohut Alpine skiing 1994-20023F1304
9Mark Arendz Biathlon 2014-20182M1225
10Mollie Jepsen Alpine skiing 20181F1124
Chris Williamson Alpine skiing 2002-20144M1124
11Natalie Wilkie Cross country skiing 20181F1113
12Karolina Wisniewska Alpine skiing 1998-2002, 20103F0448

Multi golds at one game

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
1Lauren Woolstencroft Alpine skiing 2010F5005

Multi medals at one game

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
1Brian McKeever Cross-country skiing 10km cross country2002-2018M5005
2Sonja Gaudet Wheelchair curling Mixed curling team2006-2014F3003
3Ina Forrest Wheelchair curling Mixed curling team2010-2018F2013

Most appearances

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
1Lana Spreeman Alpine skiing 19551980-199424 - 38F16613

See also

References

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