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Pamela Lejean

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F53

Further personal information

Languages
English, French
Higher education
Communications, Political Science - Cape Breton University: Sydney, NS, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2013 at the Valley Athletics Academy in Kentville, NS, Canada.
Why this sport?
She used to play wheelchair basketball but was forced to stop due to recurring tendinitis in her shoulders. She took up Para athletics after the sport was suggested to her by her strength coach.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Pam (thecoast.ca, 15 Jan 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (thechronicleherald.ca, 11 Jul 2014)
Injuries
She suffered from a wrist injury in 2015. (thechronicleherald.ca, 27 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Female Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Nova Scotia in Canada. (athleticsnovascotia.ca, 19 Nov 2016)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball at national level in Canada. (thecoast.ca, 15 Jan 2015)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at age 17. Her injuries resulted in paraplegia. (thecoast.ca, 15 Jan 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2019 she announced her retirement from the sport. She stated she was content with her achievements, and that she was aiming to spend more time with friends and family. "I know I'm capable and that's all that matters to me now. Medals can't bring me back to the weddings I was supposed to stand in, or the family birthdays I've missed. My humans matter. My physical and mental health matters." (Instagram profile, 05 Apr 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador for KidSport and the 60 Minute Kids' Club. Both programmes aim to encourage Canadian children to take part in sport. (Twitter profile, 14 Apr 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-23 5
Women's Shot Put F52/53 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2015-10-27 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2017-07-22 5