Quick facts

Birthdate

May 21, 1986

Birthplace

Sarnia, ON

Residence

Sarnia, ON

Sport

Para Judo

Classification

B1

Experience

Lima 2019

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Toronto 2015

Priscilla Gagné won a silver medal in December 2023 at a Para judo Grand Prix held in Tokyo, just two weeks after injuring her ankle. In February 2024, she added a bronze in the women’s 57 kilo at a Grand Prix on Germany.

It was in Tokyo in 2021, where she won the silver and was Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony at her second Paralympic Games. Gagné began judo in 2010 and is now considered a trailblazer for women in both judo and Para sport overall.

Overcoming challenges is nothing new for Gagné.

In 2020 she underwent hip surgery and throughout the pandemic has continued to train despite the restrictions including on the number of partners you can train with.

Just before the pandemic, Gagné won the bronze medal at the German Open in February 2020 and gold at the Pan Am Para judo championships in January 2020. In 2019, she took the silver medal at the Parapan American Games.

Gagné earned her first major title in 2018 when she won the women’s 52 kilos title at the Pan Am Para judo championships in Calgary. That same year she became the first Canadian woman to win a medal in Para judo at the world championships, with a bronze.

She produced her first big international success in judo in 2015 when she won the bronze medal at a Para judo World Cup in Hungary which featured nearly 200 competitors from 31 countries. A few weeks later she added a silver at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. The following season she was fifth in her Paralympic Games debut.

Gagné was born in Granby, Que. but moved to Sarnia, Ont. at age three. She was initially involved in wrestling but decided to switch to judo in 2010 because there were more competitive opportunities.

In 2011, she suffered a major injury when she broke both her feet in the same bout at a tournament in Whitby, Ont. This kept her off the mat for eight months, but she eventually came back better than ever.

In 2013, Gagné moved to Ottawa where she joined the renowned Takahashi Dojo where she trained under former national team judoka and 1996 Olympian Nathalie Gosselin.

She is now based in Montreal and trains at the Judo Canada National Training Centre located at the INS Quebec.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Flag bearer Opening Ceremony for Team Canada at Tokyo 2020… Silver medal at Tokyo 2020… Silver at 2019 Parapan American Games… Crowned Pan Am champion in 2018 and 2020 and silver medallist in 2022… Bronze medal at 2018 World Championships and silver in 2022… Competed at her first Paralympic Games in 2016… Won her first World Cup medal in February 2015… Silver at 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto…Silver in the 2016 IBSA World Cup in Germany… Bronze in the 2016 IBSA World Cup in Brazil and bronze in the 2016 IBSA World Cup in England.

PERSONAL
Born with a genetic eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa… She has four degrees of peripheral vision, but with no central vision, is considered blind… Provides self-defence classes… Started judo in 2008 after practicing karate… Moved to Sarnia at age three from Granby after parents separated… Graduated from the evangelism program at Rhema Bible College in Oklahoma… Also graduated from Everest College’s addictions and community services worker program in Barrie, Ont.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2023 IBSA World Games 57 kilos – 5th

2022 World Championships 57 kilos – 2nd

2022 Pan Am Championships – 57 kilos – 2nd

2021 Paralympic Games 52 kilos – 2nd

2020 Pan Am championships 52 kilos – 1st

2018 Pan Am Championships 52 kilos – 1st

2016 Paralympic Games 52 kilos – 5th

2015 Parapan Ams 52 kilos – 2nd

Paralympic Medals

1