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Sonja Gaudet

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Sonja Gaudet is the world’s most decorated wheelchair curler. The veteran of Team Canada, she has gold medals from the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games where wheelchair curling made its debut in Torino, Italy and from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games where she won in front a cheering home town crowd filled with friends and admirers. Her long list of achievements also includes three gold medals won at the 2013, 2011 and 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

After a fall from a horse and sustaining a spinal cord injury, Sonja sought out others who might be able to give her advice on how to sustain the healthy lifestyle she enjoyed before her accident. She turned to Rick Hansen who has been an incredible role model for people with a disability across the world. As Sonja will tell you during her many meetings with Rick, she “bombarded him with questions about adaptive sporting opportunities, how to navigate through life with a spinal cord injury and about raising kids from a wheelchair,” since his children are the same age as Sonja’s and at the time of her accident they were three and six years old.

Sonja believes, “the power of sport has incredible benefits for athletes with a disability. Sport promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as so many great tools for life - a sense of self-worth, confidence, honesty, teamwork, respect, belief in self, perseverance, determination. The list is endless.”

Sonja has a keen interest in accessibility issues in her community of Vernon and lends her experience and knowledge to create new recreational opportunities for people with mobility challenges. She is an ambassador with the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Canadian Paralympic Committee where she uses the power of sport and her experience of overcoming challenges to motivate and inspire people of all ages.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2013 World Wheelchair Curling Champion…  2011 World Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2009 World Wheelchair Curling Champion… 2006 Paralympic Winter Games Wheelchair Curling Champion…

HISTORICAL  CONTEXT

Canada won gold at the 2010 and 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

PERSONAL

FAMILY: Living in Vernon, BC, Sonja is married to Dan and they have two active children, Alysha (22) and Colten (19). Family is her first priority in life

GETTING INTO THE SPORT: Sonja was introduced to the sport of wheelchair curling by chance when asked to give advice on a wheelchair accessible washroom renovation at her local curling club. This renovation was being done because they were hosting a beginner wheelchair curling clinic as the sport was just starting to get more popular with the Paralympic Games in Torino not far away. She was convinced to participate in the clinic and reluctantly she did. Lucky for Team Canada!

ODDS AND ENDS: She likes to cook and admits she’s a bit of a foodie. When not on the ice and travelling around the world she loves to fish and kayak in the spring and summer.

 

Three words to describe Sonja: honest, trouble shooter and reliable.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2014 SochiWheelchair CurlingWheelchair Curling - Mixedgold
2010 Vancouver - ParalympicWheelchair CurlingWheelchair Curling - Mixedgold
2006 Torino - ParalympicWheelchair CurlingWheelchair Curling - Mixedgold

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2014 Sochi Wheelchair Curling Wheelchair Curling - Mixed 1
2010 Vancouver - Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Wheelchair Curling - Mixed 1
2006 Torino - Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Wheelchair Curling - Mixed 1
Info
Born July 22, 1966
BirthplaceNorth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height180 cm
Weight60 kg
Residence Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Games Attended

2014 Sochi

Wheelchair Curling

2010 Vancouver - Paralympic

Wheelchair Curling

2006 Torino - Paralympic

Wheelchair Curling