"Never stop being a seeker"
I am a paralympian, a fighter, a seeker. My first time on a bicycle was at 4 years old. At that time, my favourite book was one of Maurice Richard, which was about tenacity. That's when I learned that whatever happens, don't give up. In July 2005, returning from a cycling ride, I was struck by a car at high speed. I had a head injury, many broken bones, and both of my arms were partially amputated. After 3 weeks of hospitalization, I was transferred to the Montreal Rehabilitation Institute for an intense physiotherapy and ergo-therapy program. Due to the result of my first cycling race in 2009, I received an invitation from the national team. It was a dream come true, representing Canada on the international stage! I still get chills when I wear my race suit; years of effort, work and being positive even when things are not going the way you want them to.
In 2012, I was selected for the London Paralympic Games. What an experience! I was amazed how big everything was from the moment I got off the plane. I went on and won bronze in the individual time trial. I felt like I was on a roll, only 3 years after starting my cycling career!
Despite all the accomplishments within 10 years, my eyes are fixed on Tokyo 2021. I train every day to be better than yesterday. This is what sport has given me; determine a goal and choose the path to take to get there. It won't always be easy; every step forward is a step in the right direction.
Never stop being a seeker. Marie-Claude