Pamela LeJean

Pamela LeJean
Pamela LeJean's transition from wheelchair basketball to para-athletics has yielded positive results. (Dan Galbraith/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Pamela LeJean has emerged as one of Canada's best throwers in para-athletics over the past couple of years, and 2015 was her breakthrough season despite some nagging injuries.

At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, she collected gold in the shot put and bronze in the javelin. A few weeks later at the 2015 IPC World Championships, she notched a silver in the shot put. Two years earlier at the 2013 worlds in Lyon, LeJean emerged on the international scene in spectacular fashion with bronze in shot put and fifth in javelin.

LeJean had previously played wheelchair basketball, but was forced to stop due to recurring tendinitis in her shoulders. She took up para-athletics after the sport was suggested to her by her strength coach. LeJean began para-athletics in 2013 at the Valley Athletics Academy in Kentville, N.S.

Career highlights

  • 2015 Parapan American Games.
  • 2013, 2015 World Championships.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee