The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc has been a senator since April 2016.
At the age of 13, she lost the use of both legs in an accident. She was introduced to the world of wheelchair sports four years later, marking the beginning of a long and stellar career that would take her to five Paralympic Games, starting with Barcelona in 1992. She simultaneously pursued her studies in history at the University of Alberta (1992–1994).
She retired from competing in 2008, after winning five Paralympic golds in Beijing. With a total of 21 medals to her name, Petitclerc is the most decorated track and field athlete in history, not to mention the country’s most medalled female athlete in any sport and the only Canadian athlete to have won gold at the Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games.
A leader known for her integrity and passion, she contributes her unique expertise to various Paralympic athletics and sports organizations. In her role as a senator, she is dedicated to improving the health of all Canadians, especially young Canadians, and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities from coast to coast to coast.