For her resilience and athletic accomplishments
After losing the use of her legs following an accident at the age of 13, Chantal Petitclerc pursued swimming, then discovered wheelchair racing. She went on to compete in five Paralympic Games, winning 21 medals, fourteen of them gold.
In 2008, Petitclerc retired from competition after winning five of her gold medals at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
The only Canadian athlete who’s won gold at the Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games, Petitclerc broke 26 world records during her career, two of which still stand.
She served as Canada’s chef de mission for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier that same year Petitclerc was named to the upper house of Parliament, where she now sits as a non-affiliated senator.
Chantal Petitclerc will address the Faculty of Arts and Science on Monday, June 5, at 10 a.m.