Tracey Ferguson knows what it takes to reach the podium. She has been a member of six Paralympic teams, helping Canada win gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and a bronze in 2004. She also was a member of the team that won a silver medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Ferguson won World Championships in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014 and bronze in 2010.
Ferguson grew up playing street hockey and dreamed of one day representing Canada on the Olympic podium. Spinal surgery left her paralyzed at the age of nine, but four years later she discovered wheelchair sports through a local fitness centre.
Showing her competitive spirit, Ferguson also qualified for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics in wheelchair athletics.
A four-time recipient of the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association’s Female Athlete of the Year award, Ferguson has also been honoured by the YMCA's Young Women of Distinction Award and the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.
Won six consecutive Paralympic and World Championship gold medals 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, as well as gold in 2014, and bronze in 2004, and 2010… Inducted into Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2012… Named to the 1998, 2002 World Championship tournament all-star teams.
Tracey studied exercise physiology at the University of Illinois. After over a decade working for the Federal Government in Sport Canada, Regional Program Delivery and Finance, she has taken a pause to train full time through the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Tracey has a large close-knit family that she credits with supporting her to achieve her goals. Tracey’s role mole is her mother, Patricia Boudreau, who continually demonstrates strength, perseverance and compassion.
Tracey’s favourite things to do are spending time with her family, friends and hanging out with her dog, Koda, who she has taken with her to more than ten countries. She looks forward to exploring more of the world with Koda.
Notable International Results
- 2014 – 1st – World Championship
- 2000 – 1st – Paralympic Games
- 2012 – 6th – Paralympic Games
- 1998 – 1st – Paralympic Games
- 2011 – 2nd – Parapan American Games
- 1996 – 1st – Paralympic Games
- 2010 – 3rd – World Championship
- 1994 – 1st – World Championship
- 2008 – 5th – Paralympic Games
- 1992 – 1st – Paralympic Games
- 2004 – 3rd – World Championship