Quick facts

Birthdate

April 21, 1986

Birthplace

Marathon, ON

Residence

Ottawa

Sport

Goalball

Experience

Paris 2024

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Lima 2019

Rio 2016

Toronto 2015

With her selection to the Paris 2024 Paralympics Team, Whitney Bogart (née Burk) is set to compete in her fourth Paralympic Games. Whitney has been an integral member of the Canadian women’s national goalball team since 2005, making her Paralympic Games debut at the London 2012 Paralympics helping Canada to fifth place.

Whitney featured on the Canadian team at the Tokyo 2020 Games helping the side to ninth place and at the Rio 2016 Games, where the team finished sixth. In 2023, Whitney was part of the Canadian team that won gold at the Santiago 2023 Parapan American Games, securing the nation’s spot at the Paris 2024 Paralympics. Whitney’s dedication and skill have led to significant successes throughout her career including bronze medals at the 2011, 2015, and 2019 Parapan Am Games, and gold at the 2011 IBSA World Championships.

Born with albinism, Whitney’s vision impairment led her to W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind, where she discovered her passion for goalball. Her athletic journey began with competitive swimming in high school, but she chose to focus on goalball by grade 10, joining Team Ontario in 2002.

Balancing her athletic career with education, Whitney graduated from Fanshawe College in 2007 with a degree in developmental services and from Mohawk College in 2008 with a specialization in orientation and mobility for the visually impaired.

A mother of two, Whitney is also an athlete representative and enjoys biking and exploring the city with her children. Her father worked at Barrick Gold Mines, which produced the gold for the 2015 Parapan Am Games medals, adding a personal touch to her achievements. Whitney’s twin brother, also born with albinism, is married to her teammate, Amy Burk.