Chantal Beauchesne is one of the key veterans on a young Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team. Beauchesne has been a national team member for six years and for the first time she is headed to the Paralympic Games. The Canadian women qualified for Rio by winning the bronze medal at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto.
She was introduced to the sport a few months after completing her rehabilitation. She was participating in the five-kilometre Army Run in 2009 when former national team member Karen McCoy suggested she try sitting volleyball. Beauchesne, who always maintained a high level of fitness, discovered she had a knack for the sport despite never playing the able-bodied version. A year later she made the national team and helped Canada to a 12th place finish at the world championships.
On April 26, 2009, Beauchesne was a passenger on a motorcycle that crashed in her hometown of St. Isidore, Ont. Her left leg was amputated on the spot after being projected in the air then sliced by a hydro post cable. “Sport saved me,” she said. “Without sport it would have been difficult to rehabilitate as fast as I did and accept what had happened to me.”
2010 World Championships team member…bronze medal at 2015 Pan Am Games…
A sales representative for Cassel Brewery and Fromage St-Albert… Her common-law husband is a member of the Armed Forces and the couple lives in Petawawa, Ontario.
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2015 Toronto Parapan Ams
Volleyball - Sitting
Sitting Volleyball - Women