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Colette Bourgonje

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10

Further personal information

Residence
Prince Albert, SK, CAN
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
Physical Education, Teaching - University of Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, SK, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her first time ever in a sit-ski was in one her brother made for her on a family holiday. She tried para-nordic skiing for the first time in 1991.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport by Canadian para-nordic skier Joe Harrison.

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, gardening, outdoor activities. (paralympic.ca, 01 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Attitude is everything. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." (cccski.com, 23 Mar 2011)
Awards and honours
She has been named Saskatchewan's Female Athlete of the Year four times, including in 2010 when she was also inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. (cccski.com, 16 Feb 2012)

In 2010 she was a recipient of the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award. The solid gold medal recognises individuals who conquer adversity through the pursuit of excellence in sport. (cccski.com, 23 Mar 2011)

She was inducted into the Saskatoon Sport Hall of Fame in 1998. In the same year, she had a street in her home town named after her. In 1996 she was named Saskatoon Athlete of the Year, the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing's [CADS] Nordic Athlete of the Year and was also awarded the Breakthrough Award by the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women [CAAWS]. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Other sports
She competed at national level in cross-country running before her accident, and represented Canada at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Paralympic Games in para-athletics. She won bronze medals in wheelchair racing in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident in April 1980 which resulted in paralysis from the waist down. (paralympic.ca, 21 Mar 2010; Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from competition in April 2014. (paralympic.ca, 30 Apr 2014)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first Canadian athlete to compete at six Paralympic Winter Games, having appeared at every edition since the 1992 Games in Tignes up to and including Vancouver in 2010. (paralympic.ca, 11 Feb 2014)

DOCUMENTARY STAR
In February 2014, she starred in a three-part documentary series called Milestones of Champions: The Journey of Canada's Paralympians. The series focused on eight Canadian athletes, highlighting their achievements and the challenges that they faced while preparing for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ami.ca, 12 Feb 2014, sochi2014.com, 03 Mar 2014)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has worked on a Canadian project called 'SASKI Skiing for Disabled' that recruits people with an impairment and teaches them the basics of skiing. " (paralympic.org, 08 Mar 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 4
Women's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 3
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 10
Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games (Nagano, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 2.5 km Sitski LW10-12 Final Round 2
Women's 5 km Sitski LW10-12 Final Round 2
Women's 10 km Sitski LW10-12 Final Round 6
Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Winter Games (Lillehammer, Norway)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 4
Women's 10 km Sitski LW10-11 Final Round 4
Women's 5 km Sitski LW10-11 Final Round 4
Women's 2.5 km Sitski LW10-11 Final Round 4
Albertville 1992 Paralympic Winter Games (Albertville, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Distance 5 km LW10-11 Final Round 6
Women's Short Distance 2.5 km LW10-11 Final Round 6
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 9999
Women's 800 m T53 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m T53 Final Round 7
Women's 200 m T53 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m T53 Final Round 6
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 2.5 km Sitski Final Round 4
Women's 10 km Sitski Final Round 6
Women's 5 km Sitski Final Round 9
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 10 km Sitski Final Round 3
Women's 5 km Sitski Final Round 3
Women's 2.5 km Sitski Final Round 6
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T52 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 3
Women's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2
Women's 200 m T52 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T52 Heat 2 3
Women's Marathon T52-53 Final Round 5
Women's 800 m T52 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m T52 Final Round 8
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m TW3 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m TW3 Final Round 6
Women's 400 m TW3 Heat 1 3
Women's 200 m TW3 Final Round 4
Women's 200 m TW3 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m TW3 Final Round 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Marathon T55 Final Round 5
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T54 Final Round 4
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 8
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 11
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 12 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 13
Women's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 16
Women's 5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 13