Cindy Ouellet

Place of Birth: Rivière-du-Loup, Que.
Resides: Quebec City, Que.
Birthday: 08-12-1988
Height: 5’2”
Occupation: Student
Club(s): Gladiateurs Laval
Classification: 3.5

Biography

Cindy 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.

Ouellet quickly felt at home on the hardwood, and wasted little time making a name for herself. By 2007, the native of Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec won a gold medal for her home province at the Canada Games, and made her debut for the Senior Women’s National Team.

Ouellet wasn’t done there. She went on to represent Canada at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing and captured a bronze medal at the world championship in 2010. She also competed for Team Canada at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. In 2014, she won the gold medal on home soil at the women’s world championship in Toronto.

In 2011, Ouellet earned a roster spot on Canada’s first-ever Women’s U25 National Team. She led a young and talented squad of athletes as Canada hosted the inaugural Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in July 2011 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Ouellet was named to the all-star team and finished fourth in overall tournament scoring.

Ouellet had a full scholarship to the University of Alabama, where she studied exercise science. She played for the University of Alabama’s women’s wheelchair basketball team and helped the squad to a national championship title in 2011 and 2015.

She is continuing her studies to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and she eventually hopes to teach at the university level.

She enjoys facing the physical, mental, and strategic challenges of wheelchair basketball, as well as the complexities of the sport.

To learn more about Cindy, follow her on Twitter: @SevenCan_CO

Interesting Facts

  • She became one of the few athletes in the world to compete at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games by representing Canada in para nordic skiing at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang.
  • She lives and plays by the motto “Carpe Diem” (seize the day)
  • She accomplished the rare feat of playing in three World Championships in as many years (U23 Men in 2009, Senior Women in 2010, and U25 Women in 2011)
  • Always athletic, she was a top flight skier and a provincial level soccer player before being struck with bone cancer in her hip at age 12
  • She is an accomplished musician, playing piano, guitar, drums, and the ukulele

Awards / Highlights

  • Led all players in assists at the 2014 Women’s World Championship
  • All-Star at the 2011 Women’s U25 World Championship
  • Received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013)
  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Wheelchair Basketball Canada Junior Athlete of the Year (2007)
  • MVP at CWBL Women’s National Championship (2011, 2013, 2016)
  • All-Star at CWBL Women’s National Championship (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)

Major International Competition

Tournament Gold Silver Bronze Other
Paralympic Games: 3 0 0 0 5th (’08, ’16), 6th (’12)
World Championships: 3 1 (’14) 0 1 (’10) 5th (’18)
World Junior Championships: 2 0 0 0 8th (’09), 4th (’11)

Statistics

Paralympic Games

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2016 6 203 33:49 49/108 45 0/5 0 7/19 37 11 21 32 34 22 2 0 12 25 105 17.5
2012 7 233 33:19 36/89 40 0/4 0 10/17 59 14 31 45 50 19 5 0 15 19 82 11.7
2008 7 91 13:03 16/32 50 0/3 0 1/7 14 7 5 12 10 6 3 0 5 8 33 4.7
TOTAL 20 527 26:23 101/229 44 0/12 0 18/43 42 32 57 89 94 47 10 0 32 52 220 11.0

World Championships

Year GP Min M/G Field Goals 3 Pts Free Throws Rebounds AS TO ST BS PF FO PTS P/G
M/A % M/A % M/A % OR DR TOT
2018 8 256:25 32:03 66/125 53 1/3 33 11/21 52 10 42 52 33 11 10 0 14 22 144 18
2014 8 291 36:27 57/129 44 0/14 0 11/21 52 9 16 25 71 21 5 0 13 16 125 15.6
2010 7 175 24:55 21/58 36 0/4 0 4/16 25 7 32 39 31 21 8 0 13 17 46 6.6
TOTAL 23 722:25 31:35 144/312 46 1/21 0.05 26/58 45 26 90 116 135 53 23 0 40 55 315 13.4


Legend
: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes; M/G = Minutes per Game; M/A = Made / Attempted; OR = Offensive Rebounds; DR = Defensive Rebounds; TOT = Total; AS = Assists; TO = Turn Overs; ST = Steals; BS = Blocked Shots;PF = Personal Foul; FO = Foul On; PTS = Points; P/G = Points per Game

Competitive Experience

Level Team Location Year(s)
International Canada (SWNT) Canada 2007-Present
International Canada (JWNT) Canada 2011
International Canada (JMNT) Canada 2009
Club (domestic) University of Alabama Alabama (USA) 2008-2015
Club (domestic) Quebec Quebec 2006-Present

Career Notes

2018: 2nd place at the 2018 CWBL Women’s National Championship; named an All-Star (domestic)…1st place in Tier 1 at the 2018 CWBL National Championship with the Gladiateurs de Laval; named a Tier 1 All-Star (domestic)…Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada 2018 Female Athlete of the Year…3rd place at Continental Clash in Sheffield, GB (Team Canada)…2nd place at the Lyon Competition in Lyon, France (Team Canada)…5th place at the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships (Team Canada)

2017: 1st place at Americas Cup and named MVP in Cali Colombia (Team Canada)… 3rd place at CWBL Women’s National Championship with Team Quebec and named All-Star in Burlington, Ont. (domestic)… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year…

2016:  5th place at Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)…  4th place at Continental Clash in Worcester, Great Britain (Team Canada)… 4th place at Dutch Battle in Almere, Netherlands (Team Canada)… 4th place at Women’s International Friendly in Lake Placid, United States (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Women’s International Friendly Tournament in Colorado Springs, United States (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)…1st place at CWBL Women’s National Championship with Team Quebec and named MVP Longueuil, QC (domestic)… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year…

2015: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada (Team Canada)…  1st place at National Intercollegiate Championship (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in Columbia, Missouri, USA (domestic)… 4th place at CWBL Women’s National Championship with Team Quebec and named All-Star in Calgary, Alta. (domestic)…

2014: 1st place at the World Championship in Toronto, Ont (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Toronto Challenge in Toronto, Ont. (Team Canada)… 2nd place at National Intercollegiate Championship (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama & named First Team All American in Arlington, Texas, USA (domestic)… 3rd place at CWBL Women’s National Championship with Team Quebec & named All-Star in Richmond, B.C. (domestic)…

2013: 2nd place at National Intercollegiate Championship (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama & named First Team All American in Birmingham, USA (domestic)… 3rd place at CWBL Women’s Championship with Quebec & named MVP in Longueuil, QC (domestic)…

2012: 6th place at Paralympic Games in London, England (Team Canada)… 2nd place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in USA (domestic)… 2nd place at Défi sportif with Team Quebec Women in Montreal, QC (domestic)… 3rd place at CWBL Women’s National Championships with Team Quebec & named All-Star in Richmond, BC (domestic)… Named Wheelchair Basketball Canada Female Athlete of the Year… 3rd place at North American Cup in Birmingham, Alabama (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Papendal Tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands (Team Canada)…

2011: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico (Team Canada)… 4th place at Women’s U25 World Championships & named All-Star in St. Catharines, ON (Team Canada)… 1st place at Artland Open in Quakenbruck, Germany (Team Canada)… 4th place at Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, UK (Team Canada)… 5th place at International Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, USA (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama & named second-team All-American in USA (domestic)… 1st place at CWBL Women’s National Championships with Team Quebec & named MVP in Longueuil, QC (domestic)…

2010: 3rd place at World Championships in Birmingham, UK (Team Canada)… 1st place at Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, UK (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)… 3rd place at 4 Nations Tournament in Berlin, Germany (Team Canada)… competed at North American Cup in Birmingham, Alabama (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in USA (domestic)… 3rd place at CWBL Women’s National Championships with Team Quebec & named All-Star in Saskatoon, SK (domestic)…

2009: 8th place at Men’s U23 World Championships in Paris, France (Team Canada)… 3rd place at Osaka Cup in Osaka, Japan (Team Canada)… 4th place at Ottawa Invitational Tournament in Ottawa, ON (Team Canada)… 1st place at National Intercollegiate Championships (NIWBT) with the University of Alabama in USA (domestic)… 5th at National Championships with Team Quebec (Women) in Montreal, QC (domestic)…

2008: 5th place at Paralympic Games in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 1st place at Good Luck Beijing Invitational Tournament in Beijing, China (Team Canada)… 3rd place at North American Cup in Birmingham, USA (Team Canada)… 2nd place at Women’s National Championships & named All-Star in Vancouver, BC (domestic)…

2007: 2nd place at Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Team Canada)… 3rd place at 4 Nations Tournament in Sydney, Australia (Team Canada)… 1st place at Canada Games with Team Quebec in Whitehorse, Yukon (domestic)…

2006: 2nd place at Junior National Championships with Team Quebec (domestic)…

©2018 Wheelchair Basketball Canada | Privacy | Policy Disclaimer | Website developed by Xactly Design & Advertising