Chantal Benoit

Chantal Benoit lost her leg to cancer at a young age and was introduced to wheelchair basketball when a group of her friends invited her to accompany them to a demonstration game at the Jeux du Québec. A year later, a wheelchair basketball team was formed near where she lived.
She has been on the national team since 1984, a year after she started playing the sport. She attributes her success in wheelchair basketball to her passion for the sport and her persistent need to improve every time she gets on the court. Before a big game, she relaxes by striking up conversations with people she doesn’t know.
Chantal has been labeled the Michael Jordan of women’s wheelchair basketball and is quite possibly the greatest woman to have played the game. Chantal has been a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team for 17 years, including during the team’s international domination of the sport in the 90s. She has competed at five Paralympic Games and has four Paralympic medals in her portfolio: a gold from the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games, a gold from the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, a gold from the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and a bronze from the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
In 2000 she received the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s highest honour, the Gold Medal Triad Award, presented to an individual who has contributed in an outstanding manner to the growth of wheelchair basketball both on national and international level. Chantal was the 2008 Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year.
Chantal is an Office Manager at 49 Bespoke and her personal motto is “Be in love with what you do.”

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2000 Sydney ParalympicsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womengold
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womengold
1992 Barcelona ParalympicsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womengold
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2
Games Sport Event Result
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 3
2000 Sydney Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 1
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 1
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 1
1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 4