1946-Earle Connor photo

Earle Connor



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
T42, F42

Further personal information

One child
Calgary, AB, CAN
Athlete, Business Owner

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics at age 20.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta on television.
Name of coach
Peter Eriksson [national]

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T42 100m at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (, 12 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (, 12 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the Athlete with an Impairment of the Year in 2012 by Athletics Alberta in Canada. (, 11 Feb 2012)

He was named the Canadian Impaired Athlete of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 1999. (, 09 Apr 2016;, 14 Nov 2012)
Other sports
He played ice hockey in the Canadian Western Hockey League. (, 04 Jul 2012)
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. (, 12 Mar 2015)
He was born without his a fibula in his left leg, which resulted in the limb being amputated below the knee when he was three months old. (, 12 Mar 2015)
Other information
On 07 April 2016 the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport [CCES] announced that he had been given a four-year ban from sport as the result of an anti-doping violation. On 15 April 2015 and on 28 May 2015 he submitted urine samples that tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone. The end of his suspension was set for 29 Jul 2019. (, 08 Apr 2016)

He quit the sport in 2008, after winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He opened a business and built a house, but felt that no one had come close to reaching the standard he believed he had set, so he decided to get back into the sport in August 2011. (, 04 Jul 2012)

He owns his own business named Simply for Life, a weight loss and nutritional counselling clinic, which is based in Cochrane, AB, Canada. (, 12 Mar 2015)

An out-of-competition test which showed trace amounts of testosterone and nandrolone meant he missed the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. He told reporters it was a result of a prescribed patch he was using following surgery in 2001 to remove a testicle as a result of a cancer scare. As he had been prescribed by a doctor, he could have avoided any problems by filling out a medical exemption form, but he did not do so and subsequently received a two-year ban. "I was more embarrassed about it then than I am now. Being a young guy, I wanted to keep that a secret." (, 01 Apr 2009)

He was the first athlete with an amputation to be drafted into the Western Hockey League when he was chosen by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Alberta, Canada. (, 04 Jul 2012;, 05 Aug 2015)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Birmingham 1998 (Birmingham, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 1
Men's Long Jump F42 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-07 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 12