Quick facts

Birthdate

September 7, 1974

Birthplace

Markham, ON

Residence

Markham, ON

Sport

Wheelchair Basketball

Experience

Beijing 2008

Toronto 2015

Tracey Ferguson knows what it takes to reach the podium. She has been a member of seven Paralympic teams, helping Canada win gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and a bronze in 2004. She also was a member of the team that won a silver medal at the 2011 and 2015 Parapan American Games. Ferguson won World Championships in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2014 and bronze in 2010.

Ferguson grew up playing street hockey and dreamed of one day representing Canada on the Olympic podium. Spinal surgery left her paralyzed at the age of nine, but four years later she discovered wheelchair sports through a local fitness centre.

Showing her competitive spirit, Ferguson also qualified for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics in wheelchair athletics.

A four-time recipient of the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association’s Female Athlete of the Year award, Ferguson has also been honoured by the YMCA’s Young Women of Distinction Award and the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Paralympic Games…  Won six consecutive Paralympic and World Championship gold medals 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, as well as gold in 2014, and bronze in 2004, and 2010… Inducted into Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2012… Named to the 1998, 2002 World Championship tournament all-star teams.

PERSONAL

Ferguson studied exercise physiology at the University of Illinois. After over a decade working for the Federal Government with Sport Canada, Regional Program Delivery and Finance, she has taken a pause to train full time through the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Ferguson has a large close knit family that she credits with supporting her to achieve her goals. Her role mole is her mother, Patricia Boudreau, who continually demonstrates strength, perseverance and compassion.

Ferguson’s favourite things to do are spending time with her family, friends and hanging out with her dog, Koda, who she has taken with her to more than ten countries. She looks forward to exploring more of the world with Koda.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2016 Paralympic Games 5th
  • 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games – Silver
  • 2014 World Championships – Gold
  • 2012 London Paralympic Games – 6th
  • 2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games – Silver
  • 2010 World Championships – Bronze
  • 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – 5th
  • 2004 Athens Paralympic Games – Bronze
  • 2002 World Championships – Gold
  • 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games – Gold
  • 1998 World Championships – Gold
  • 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games – Gold
  • 1994 World Championships – Gold
  • 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games – Gold

Paralympic Medals

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