Cindy Ouellet

Cindy Ouellet

 

Cindy Ouellet was looking for a challenge when she was introduced to wheelchair basketball by a physiotherapist in 2005. A natural athlete, she was already swimming and participating in track when she made the transition to the court.

Ouellet quickly felt at home on the hardwood, and wasted little time making a name for herself. By 2007, the native of Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec won a gold medal for her home province at the Canada Games, and made her debut for the Senior Women’s National Team.

Ouellet wasn’t done there. She went on to represent Canada at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and captured a bronze medal at the world championship in 2010. She also competed for Team Canada at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she won the gold medal on home soil at the women’s world championship in Toronto.

In 2011, Ouellet earned a roster spot on Canada’s first-ever Women’s U25 National Team. She led a young and talented squad of athletes as Canada hosted the inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in July 2011 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Ouellet was named to the all-star team and finished fourth in overall tournament scoring.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016 – Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year… 2015 – 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)… 2015 - 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in Columbia, Missouri, USA (domestic)… 2014 - Won gold at the World Championship in Toronto… 2012 - 6th place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Team Canada)… 2012 - Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year… 2011 - 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (Team Canada)... 2011 - 4th place at Women’s U25 World Championships & named All-Star in St. Catharines, ON (Team Canada)… 2010 - 3rd place at World Championships in Birmingham, UK (Team Canada)… 2008 - 5th place at Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 2007 - 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 2007 - Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Athlete of the Year... Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2016, 2017)

 

PERSONAL

Was diagnosed with bone cancer in her hip at age 12 and underwent 28 chemo treatments before she was released from hospital... Ouellet had a full scholarship to the University of Alabama, where she studied exercise science. She played for the University of Alabama’s women’s wheelchair basketball team and helped the squad to a national championship title in 2011 and 2015. She is continuing her studies to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and she eventually hopes teach at the university level. She is currently a graduate mechanical bio-medical student at the University of Southern California... She is an accomplished musician, playing piano, guitar, drums, and the ukulele.. She is also cross fit adaptive athlete

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games - 5th

2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver

2014 World Championships – Gold

2012 London Paralympic Games – 6th

2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games - Silver

2011 U25 Women’s World Championship – 4th

2010 World Championships – Bronze

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – 5th

2007 Rio de Janeiro Parapan American Games – Silver 

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2011 Guadalajara Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver
2007 Rio Parapan AmsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 5
2012 London Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 6
2008 Beijing Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 5
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2
2007 Rio Parapan Ams Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 2