Paul Gauthier

Birthdate: November 25, 1970
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Residence: New Westminster, BC
Class: BC3

Five-time Paralympian Paul Gauthier has competed in Boccia at an elite level since 1990. Boccia has allowed him to be competitive, travel around the world, make new friends and ultimately it provided him with the opportunity to show the world that even with a disability you can achieve greatness in all aspects of life. Paul has a two year old son and foster child.

Hearing the Canadian national anthem being played while he accepted his Paralympic gold medal in 2004 is Paul’s top moment since he started competing at an elite level in Boccia in 1990. He has competed at five Paralympic Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

In addition, he has competed at two Parapan American Games in Mexico in 2011 where he won a gold medal and Toronto in 2015 where he won a Gold in pair competition, as well as four Boccia world championships and four Boccia World Cups. To compete in these international competitions, Paul has a full training schedule. He is on the court three to four times a week, swims once a week, attends sports psychology and visits a nutritionist. Paul is a father and an entrepreneur. He has a wonderful six-year-old boy named Matteo who has just graduated from kindergarten. Over the past two decades he has developed the provincial program Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL), a service which enables eligible clients to manage their own home support services. In the last two years he has become the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called the Individualized Funding Resource Centre Society where they support individuals with disabilities to fully participate and live in their communities.

2016 Canadian Championships- Singles BC3- Gold
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams- Pairs Mixed- Gold
2012 London Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC3- 7th
2012 London Paralympic Games- Singles Open BC3- 9th
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams- Singles BC3- Gold
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games- Singles Mixed BC3- 5th
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC3- 5th
2004 Athens Paralympic Games- Singles Open BC3- Gold
2004 Athens Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC3- Bronze
2000 Sydney Paralympic Games- Singles Mixed BC3- Bronze
2000 Sydney Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC3- Bronze
1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games- Pairs Mixed BC3- 5th

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