Rachael Burrows

Rachel Burrows will be making her Paralympic debut this summer in London. She loves the message that the Paralympic Games send, saying “It shows what we as Paralympic athletes are capable of. I suggest to everyone, just watch and you’ll see.’’ Her success is credited to her positive attitude; always willing to learn something new, push forward to improve and progress.

Burrows was born with cerebral palsy. She was encouraged to participate in Paralympic sports by her father. Burrows first began wheelchair racing when she was 10, and then advanced to international racing at age 16.

Nicknamed Rachie, London will be Burrows’ first Paralympic Games. She has represented Canada at several other international events. At the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, she finished fourth in the T34 100 metres. Burrows also won a bronze medal at the 2001 CP-ISRA World Games.

Burrows is inspired by her hero and Ottawa Lions teammate Noella Klawitter, a visually impaired athlete. When she’s not training five days a week, Burrows enjoys camping and kayaking.


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 8
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 6
Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Athletics 100m - Women 4