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Paralympic Perspectives : Colette Bourgonje

She then took up wheelchair racing and later cross-country skiing in the sit-ski class. This elementary physical education teacher has competed in five Paralympic Winter Games:

Tignes-Albertville 1992, Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998, Salt Lake City 2002 and Torino 2006. She has also competed in three Paralympic Summer Games, including Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. A member of the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame, she has a career total of eight medals — four from the Summer Games and four from the Winter Games.
Paralympic Journey by Colette Bourgonje


Competing in eight Paralympic Games since 1992 has been an amazing life fulfilling experience. It all started in a small town in Saskatchewan called Porcupine Plain. From playing hockey with the boys in grade four to running at the national level in grade 10, I was able to enjoy all the sports our small town offered.



The wonderful coaches like Harley Dalke, Joi Belyk, and many more, drove us all over the province to compete in basketball, volleyball, badminton, and track and field. Sport was a big part of our lives in this small, friendly community.

Life support

The support was phenomenal and totally amazing in April of 1980 when a car accident changed my life forever. With Lions Club members lighting the air strip so a small emergency plane could land and fly Mom and me to Saskatoon, the journey was about to become even more interesting. I survived the first couple weeks in critical care to then discover that I would no longer run or walk.

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