Quick facts

Birthdate

April 6, 1985

Birthplace

St Hubert, QC

Residence

St Hubert, QC

Sport

Wheelchair Rugby

Classification

0.5

Experience

Lima 2019

Mélanie Labelle sustained her spinal cord injury in March 2016, after an unfortunate fall while swing dancing broke her neck. During her rehabilitation, she was introduced to wheelchair rugby, when local club team, the Montreal Machines, came by the Lucie-Bruneau Rehabilitation Center to do a demonstration of the sport. Their visit opened her eyes to the sport and presented her with an opportunity to be active again. 

In the autumn of 2016, Mel decided to join the Montreal Machines and began to practice with them on a regular basis. It enabled her to quickly pick up the sport and it eventually, led to her competing in tournaments across the country, including representing Québec at the 2017 Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Championships. 

Mélanie’s strong performances on the court would draw the attention of Team Canada’s coaching staff and in March 2019, she would be selected as a member of the National Team Program, the only women on the national team, and helped Canada to silver at the Parapan American Games. Without a doubt, an incredible achievement for someone who, at that point, had only been playing the sport for three years. 

Labelle’s meteoric rise within wheelchair rugby has not only been eye-catching, but also, indicative of her incredible dedication and work ethic when it comes to the sport. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2019 Parapan American Games…

PERSONAL

One of the ambassadors for the 2020 AlterGo Défi Sportif which was held virtually due to COVID-19…. Was a competitive acrobatic swing dancer and broke her neck while performing an aerial move, losing the use of her legs and hands, and partial use of her arms. 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2019 Parapan American Games 2nd