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Cindy Ouellet

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Quebec, QC, CAN
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up wheelchair basketball at age 16 in Quebec, Canada.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport by her physiotherapist. ''I was really missing sport. It was a huge part of my life growing up. I don't like doing sport just for fun, I want to compete. So I went to basketball practice and got into a chair and really fell in love with the sport. There was a lot of contact and it was super fast. I've played basketball ever since.''
Club / Team
Gladiateurs Laval: Canada
Name of coach
Marc Antoine Ducharme [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Point guard

International debut

Competing for
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Seven (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Her mother. (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
During her career she has dislocated both shoulders and broken her hand, fingers and skull. (, 21 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Carpe diem." (Athlete, 20 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2018 by Wheelchair Basketball Canada. (, 2017;, 31 Dec 2019)

She was named the Most Valuable Player at Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2016. (, 04 Nov 2011;, 31 Dec 2019)

She received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. (, 31 Dec 2019)

She was named to the All-Star team at the 2011 U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in St. Catharines, ON, Canada. (, 04 Nov 2011)

She was named the 2007 Junior Athlete of the Year by Wheelchair Basketball Canada. (, 04 Nov 2011)
Other sports
She played football at provincial level prior to her cancer diagnosis. She played wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She won silver medals in the sport at the Parapan American Games in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She also competed in Para Nordic skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 01 Jan 2020;, 31 Dec 2019)
To compete in wheelchair basketball at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 24 Aug 2017)
She was diagnosed with bone cancer in her left hip at age 12. She suffered nerve damage from the chemotherapy treatment she received. (NPC Media Guide, 2018;, 09 Jul 2012)
Other information
She is studying for a PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, United States of America. Her ambition is to do research for prostheses and work in neuromuscular technology and nanotechnology. (, 24 Aug 2017;, 22 Feb 2017;, 13 Aug 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 12km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 18
Women's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 17
Women's 5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 17