Cindy Ouellet is already an impact Paralympic athlete on the wheelchair basketball court. She has competed at three Paralympic Games and three Parapan Am Games. Now she will become one the world’s few athletes to compete at both a Winter and Summer Paralympic Games when she makes her debut in PyeongChang in Para nordic skiing.
She is also working hard to make her mark for people with disabilities off the field of play as well. The Team Canada member graduated in exercise science, earned a Masters in exercise physiology and played wheelchair basketball for the University of Alabama. She received an academic scholarship and is currently studying for a doctorate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in bio-medical engineering. Her ambition is to do research for prosthesis for amputees and work in neuromuscular technology and nanotechnology.
Ouellet was looking for a challenge when she was introduced to wheelchair basketball by a physiotherapist in 2005. A natural athlete, she was already swimming and participating in track when she made the transition to the court.