Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para Nordic skiing, Wheelchair basketball

Hometown

Quebec City, QC

Classification

3.5

Cindy Ouellet is one of the big stars on the women’s national wheelchair basketball team. She has competed at three Paralympic Games and four Parapan Am Games in the sport. 

At the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, she was among the tournament leaders in fouls drawn and free throws made as she helped Canada to gold and a berth in the Tokyo Paralympics.

In 2018 she became one of the world’s few athletes to compete at both a Winter and Summer Paralympic Games when she made her debut in PyeongChang in Para nordic skiing. A few months later, she helped Canada to fifth spot at the wheelchair basketball world championships in Hamburg.

She is also working hard to make her mark for people with disabilities off the field of play as well. The Team Canada member graduated in exercise science, earned a Masters in exercise physiology, and played wheelchair basketball for the University of Alabama. She received an academic scholarship and is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in bio-medical engineering. Her ambition is to do research for prostheses for amputees and work in neuromuscular technology and nanotechnology.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gold medal at 2019 Parapan American Games…  Silver medals at 2007, 2011, 2015 Parapan American Games… Gold at 2014 world championships in Toronto… 2008, 2012, 2016, 2018 Paralympic Games… Female Athlete of the Year award in 2012, 2016 and 2017 by Wheelchair Basketball Canada

PERSONAL

Diagnosed with bone cancer at age 12…Went through 28 chemotherapy cycles… Trained and competed in cross-fit in her wheelchair…During her career she has dislocated both shoulders and broken her hand, fingers and skull.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS (Para nordic skiing)

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 5km sitting – cross-country 17th

2018 Paralympic Winter Games - 12km sitting – cross-country 18th

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS (wheelchair basketball)

2019 Parapan American Games 1st

2018 World Championships 5th

2016 Paralympic Games 5th

2015 Parapan American Games 2nd

2014 World Championships 1st

2012 Paralympic Games 6th

2010 World Championships 3rd

2011 Parapan Am Games 2nd

2008 Paralympic Games 5th

2007 Parapan Am Games 2nd

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 gold medals

1 gold medals

2018 Winter
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Pyeongchang, South Korea
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Parapan am Games
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Toronto, Canada
1 silver medals

1 silver medals

2012 Summer
London, England
2011 Parapan am Games
Guadalajara, Mexico
1 silver medals

1 silver medals

2008 Summer
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Beijing, China
2007 Parapan am Games
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 silver medals

1 silver medals