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Lee Leclerc

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Languages
English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 27 in Montreal, QC, Canada.
Why this sport?
He previously played football and trained in mixed martial arts. He was inspired to take up Para athletics after meeting Catherine Dupont, the sister of Canadian wheelchair racer Alexandre Dupont, at a cooking class in 2015. "Catherine invited me to come watch her brother race in the Defi sportif AlterGo. I met Alexandre there and got hooked on the sport right away."

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Most influential person in career
Canadian wheelchair racer Alexandre Dupont. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Canadian athlete and activist Terry Fox. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can always improve yourself and help others on the way." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (defisportif.com, 04 May 2019)
Impairment
He was born with spastic diplegia. The muscles of his left leg are affected and the bones have become crooked. At age 21 he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. (laction.com, 19 Aug 2016)
Other information
PERFECT FIT
He believes wheelchair racing is the ideal sport for him. "My legs are the most affected so when I run, I either run slowly or crookedly or I fall over. My arms aren't affected, so wheelchair Para athletics is the perfect sport for me." (defisportif.com, 04 May 2019)