Quick facts

Birthdate

April 22, 2000

Birthplace

Victoria, BC

Residence

Victoria, BC

Sport

Para Cycling

Para Alpine

Experience

PyeongChang 2018

Santiago 2023

Mel Pemble made the decision in 2020 to end her Para alpine skiing career and switch to Para cycling, a sport in which she already had plenty of experience. At age 14, she attended an athlete search at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific in Victoria and was identified as a potential cyclist.

Pemble has certainly proved she belongs with the best in the world on both the track and road. 

She burst on the international stage at the 2022 Para Cycling Track World Championships in France. She won gold medals in the Omnium and scratch race in addition to a world record performance in the flying 200-metre start, a non-medal event that determines seedings.

A year later (2023) at the combined track and road worlds in Glasgow, Scotland, Pemble marched to the podium three times. She successfully defended her Omnium crown, took silver in the scratch race and bronze in the 500-metre time trial.

She also showed her potential on the road in Scotland. In the road race, she stayed with the lead pack for three quarters of the race and was sixth. She was eighth in the time trial.

In late 2023, she starred on the track at the Parapan Am Games with gold in the 3000m pursuit and silver in the 500m sprint.

As a Para alpine skier, Pemble raced in five events at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gold and silver at 2023 Parapan American Games…. 2022 and 2023 women’s C3 world champion in Omnium… 2022, 2023 worlds team member (five medals) … Selected through CanadianCyclist.com reader voting as the women’s Para cyclist of 2022 with 74% of the first place votes…  Pemble also took the award for Best Individual Performance by a Para cyclist….2018 Paralympic Winter Games… Gold in giant slalom and silver in slalom at 2015 Canada Winter Games… B.C.’s Adaptive Snow Sports Athlete of the Year in 2016…

PERSONAL

Born in England moved to Canada with her parents in 2009. Father is a veterinarian and mother is an accountant…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Para cycling

2023 Parapan American Games 3000m pursuit 1st

2023 Parapan American Games 500m sprint 2nd

2023 World Track Championships Omnium 1st 

2023 World Track Championships scratch race 2nd

2023 World Track Championships 500m time trial 3rd

2023 World Road Championships road race 6th

2023 World Road Championships time trial 8th

2022 World Track Championships Omnium 1st

2022 World Track Championships scratch race 1st

Para alpine skiing

2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Downhill – 9th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Super combined – 9th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Super G – 11th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Giant slalom – 11th