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Priscilla Gagné

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para judo

Hometown

Sarnia, ON

Priscilla 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 was the first Canadian female medallist at the IBSA World Championships where she won the bronze and earned valuable qualifying points for the 2020 Paralympic Games.

In 2019, she finished second in the IBSA Games in Fort Wayne then capped her season with a silver at the Parapan American Games. It was Canada's first medal of the 2019 Games held in Lima.

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.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Parapan am Games
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Toronto, Canada
1

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Crowned Pan Am champion in 2018... Competed at her first Paralympic Games in 2016... Won her first World Cup medal in February 2015… Silver at 2015 and 2019 Parapan Am Games…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

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa… 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

2019 Parapan American Games 52 kilos - 2nd

2019 IBSA International Qualifier 52 kilos – 2nd  

2018 World Championships 52 kilos - 3rd

2018 Pan Am Championships 52 kilos – 1st

2016 Paralympic Games 52 kilos – 5th

2016 British Grand Prix 52 kilos – 3rd

2016 IBSA German World Cup 52 kilos – 2nd

2016 IBSA World Cup Brazil – 3rd

2015 Parapan Ams 52 kilos – 2nd

2015 IBDA World Cup Hungary 52 kilos – 3rd

2014 German Open  52 kilos – 2nd

2014 Brazil Open  52 kilos – 2nd