Tanya Quesnel

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

English, French
Higher education
Social Work Studies - Laurentian University: Sudbury, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age 11.
Why this sport?
Her friend's mother told her about the Walden Cross-Country ski club in Naughton, ON, Canada.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, Canada. (cg2019.gems.pro, 28 Feb 2019)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para cross-country skiers Yves Bourque and Sebastien Fortier. (cg2019.gems.pro, 28 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You always keep learning. It's like everything else in life, you never stop learning. You learn something from everyone that you meet." (sudburysports.com, 04 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
She received an Outstanding Student Award from the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury [LDAS] in Ontario, Canada, for dedication to education in 2017. (sudbury.com, 21 Nov 2017)

She was presented with the Mona Winberg Achievement Award in October 2015 by the Ontario Federation of Cerebral Palsy in Canada. She award recognises personal achievement. (cg2019.gems.pro, 28 Feb 2019)

In August 2015 she received the Spirit of Sally Spence Award from the Children's Treatment Centre [CTC] at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, ON, Canada, which she began visiting after her diagnosis of cerebral palsy. (cg2019.gems.pro, 28 Feb 2019; thesudburystar.com, 13 Aug 2015)

In 2014 she was given the Craig T. Noble Award by the Independence Centre and Network [ICAN] in Sudbury, ON, Canada. The award recognises young people who demonstrate qualities including a positive attitude, a strong work ethic towards independence, and involvement in the community. (sudburysportsmag.ca, 14 Jul 2014; cg2019.gems.pro, 28 Feb 2019)
At age 18 months she was diagnosed with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. The condition affects her movement, muscle coordination and fine motor skills. "I walk with two single-point canes and for long distances I use my wheelchair. At times, I get frustrated because my body doesn't always do what I want it to do, but it has always been this way, so I have learned to adapt. There are good days and bad days, but I have learned that being positive makes a big difference." (northernlife.ca, 19 Apr 2013; thesudburystar.com, 11 Feb 2013)
Other information
After completing a bachelor's degree in social work in 2019 at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON, Canada, she began studying for a master's degree in the same subject at Laurentian University. (Facebook profile, 25 Jan 2021)