Chantal Benoit

Biography

Athlete : Basketball
Year Inducted: 2019
Date of Birth: October 1, 1960

Canadian Paralympian

Ottawa’s Chantal Benoit is considered to be the best female wheelchair basketball player ever to play the game. Benoit played on the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team from 1984-2011 and competed at seven Paralympic Games, winning Gold in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and Bronze in 2004. She holds six medals from the World Championships: 4 Gold (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) and two bronze (1990, 2010) and four Gold Cup gold medals and one bronze, and won silver in both the 2007 and 1986 Parapan Am Games.

Benoit received the highest honour of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, the Gold Medal Triad Award, and was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to wheelchair basketball and advocacy of inclusive sport. In 2008, she was named Wheelchair Basketball Canada‘s female athlete of the year, and she was Canada’s opening ceremony flag-bearer at the 2004 Paralympic Games.