Quick facts

Birthdate

May 12, 1994

Birthplace

Dieppe, NB

Residence

Dieppe, NB

Sport

Goalball

Experience

Rio 2016

Toronto 2015

Simon Richard made his major Games debut at the Toronto Parapan American Games. He helped Canada win a bronze medal and earn a berth at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Richard was the only athlete from New Brunswick at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

At the last two national goalball championships (2015 and 2016), he led Nova Scotia to gold and was named the tournament MVP both times. Richard played for Nova Scotia due to a lack of players in his native province of New Brunswick.

Richard started playing goalball at age nine but was already a sport enthusiast as a youngster and involved in hockey, golf, and soccer. But he loved goalball immediately because he could stop the ball in the butterfly position similar to a hockey goaltender. His biggest heroes are NHL stars Raymond Bourque and Sidney Crosby for their leadership and motivation.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan American Games… 2014 World Championship team… 2013 World Youth team…

PERSONAL

His mother Nicole Leblanc-Richard is an international level figure skating judge… Born with aniridia, which means he has no iris. He is legally blind with blurred vision and sensitive to light…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2018 World Championships 12th

2016 Paralympic Games 8th

2015 Parapan American Games 3rd

2014 World Championships 10th

2013 World Youth Championships 4th