Priscilla, para judo in Rio
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Priscilla Gagné



Para judo


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.

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
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 Parapan am Games
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Toronto, Canada


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 Parapan Am Games in Toronto…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…  Competed at 2014 and 2015 World Championships.



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.



2019 IBSA International Qualifier 52 kilos – 2nd   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