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Chantal was born December 15th, 1969 in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières in Quebec. At the age of 13, an accident deprived her of the use of her legs. Her high school physical education teacher, Gaston Jacques, had a strong influence on her future. He convinced her to try swimming to develop her strength and endurance.

Four years later she discovered wheelchair athletics, which would be the beginning of a long and successful career that would take her to the Barcelona Games in 1992 and other games up until those in Beijing in 2008.

Chantal Petitclerc is the track athlete who won the most medals of all time, the Canadian athlete who won the most medals (in any given sport), as well as the only Canadian athlete to have won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, as well as the Commonwealth Games.

Chantal served as Chef de Mission for the Canadian delegation during the 2016 Paralympic Games, hosted in Rio de Janeiro.  She assumed a similar role during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“We would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than Petitclerc to take on the responsibility of team leader and spokesperson for the Paralympic athletes.  She is perfectly bilingual, is one of the best athletes in Canadian history, having collected 21 medals at the Paralympic Games, fourteen of them gold.”

Her career numbers:

  • Five Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing).
  • 21 Paralympic medals (14 gold medals).
  • One Olympic gold medal at the 800m race (demonstration sport).
  • She beat 26 world records during her career.
  • She still is the world record holder for the 200 and 400m race.

 

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  • What Chantal Talks About

    Whether it is in English or in French, Chantal Petitclerc knows what she is speaking about when she talks about attitude, passion and determination.

    Attitude: How to have and keep a positive mindset, whatever the circumstances or events.

    “We don’t always control what happens to us in life, but we can always control our attitude toward the trials life throws our way.”

    Passion: It is indispensable if we want to reach our goals and make our dreams come true!

    “When I started out, my capacity was very limited, and my results were not conclusive. But I was passionate about the sport and had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish: I would become the best in the world. I just had to go faster!”

    Finally, determination: It allows us to work tirelessly with the conviction and confidence that this is what is necessary to obtain the desired results.

    “When I got to Beijing, my plan was simple: Control everything that was possible for me to control…and be ready to face anything that was impossible for me to control!”

    Chantal Petitclerc’s conference lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and can be followed by a question and answer period.

    To learn more about Chantal Petitclerc’s conference program, use the form to request information.

  • Determination, Perseverance, Discipline: Enhancing your Natural Advantage

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What Chantal Talks About

Whether it is in English or in French, Chantal Petitclerc knows what she is speaking about when she talks about attitude, passion and determination.

Attitude: How to have and keep a positive mindset, whatever the circumstances or events.

“We don’t always control what happens to us in life, but we can always control our attitude toward the trials life throws our way.”

Passion: It is indispensable if we want to reach our goals and make our dreams come true!

“When I started out, my capacity was very limited, and my results were not conclusive. But I was passionate about the sport and had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish: I would become the best in the world. I just had to go faster!”

Finally, determination: It allows us to work tirelessly with the conviction and confidence that this is what is necessary to obtain the desired results.

“When I got to Beijing, my plan was simple: Control everything that was possible for me to control…and be ready to face anything that was impossible for me to control!”

Chantal Petitclerc’s conference lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and can be followed by a question and answer period.

To learn more about Chantal Petitclerc’s conference program, use the form to request information.

Determination, Perseverance, Discipline: Enhancing your Natural Advantage

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Testimonials

  • “Your personal story of courage and determination intently engaged every person in the audience. As is most likely the case wherever you go, you captured the hearts of all the government employees who were present at this event. Your enlightening spirit was the perfect finishing touch in making the day a success.“

    Chantal Petitclerc Natural Resources Canada
  • “Ms. Petitclerc exemplifies perseverance and excellence-two qualities that attracted Alcan to become associated with her. In the past three years, Chantal has had the opportunity to meet thousands of Alcan employees across Canada and around the world. We know how much she is appreciated and how proud our employees are to be associated with such a great athlete and such an extraordinary person.“  

    Chantal Petitclerc Vice President, Alcan Primary Metal Group Canada

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