Quick facts

Birthdate

January 19, 1979

Birthplace

Quebec City, QC

Residence

Quebec City, QC

Sport

Wheelchair Rugby

Classification

1.5

Experience

Beijing 2008

Lima 2019

London 2012

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Toronto 2015

Paralympian Patrice Simard started playing wheelchair rugby back in 1997, following a spinal cord injury he sustained in a car accident a year earlier.

Simard’s athleticism and intelligence on the court allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks and become a member of the national team in 1999. Since then, he has gone on to compete and win medals at the Paralympic Games (2 silver and 1 bronze), the World Championships (1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze) and the Parapan American Games (1 gold, 1 silver). 

He is known for being one of the best low-point players in the world. His strength and quickness allow him to not only defend players well above his classification but also allow him to be a major scoring threat on offense.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Six-time Paralympian (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)… Won gold at the 2002 World Wheelchair Rugby Championship, which was chronicled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball”… Simard has won several major international All-Star awards, including Best 1.5 at the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships … 2015 and 2019 Parapan Am Games

PERSONAL

Lives in Quebec City. He enjoys working out, playing wheelchair tennis and spending time with his family and family. In 2017, at a tournament in Phoenix he was diagnosed with a broken pelvis and a ruptured liver after being hit by a car. He was out of action for six months…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Americas Championships 2nd

2021 Paralympic Games 5th

2019 Parapan American Games 2nd

2018 World Championships 6th 

2016 Paralympic Games 4th 

2015 Parapan American Games 1st

2014 World Championships 2nd 

2012 Paralympic Games 2nd 

2008 Paralympic Games 3rd 

2006 World Championships 3rd 

2004 Paralympic Games 2nd 

2002 World Championships 1st 

2000 Paralympic Games 4th 

Paralympic Medals

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