Priscilla Gagné produced her first big international success in judo in 2015 when she won the bronze medal in the B1 (visually impaired) 52-kilogram class at a para-judo World Cup event in Hungary. A few weeks later she added a silver at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

Gagné was born in Granby, Que., but moved to Sarnia, Ont., at age three. She was initially involved in wrestling but decided to switch to judo in 2010 because there were more competitive opportunities.

In 2011, she suffered a major injury when she broke both her feet in the same bout at a tournament in Whitby, Ont. This kept her off the mat for eight months, but she eventually came back better than ever.

Gagné moved to Ottawa in 2013 where she joined the renowned Takahashi Dojo where she trained under former national team judoka and 1996 Olympian Nathalie Gosselin. She is now based in Montreal and trains at the Judo Canada National Training Centre located at the INS Quebec under the supervision of the national team coaching staff.

Gagné graduated in travelling ministries from a bible college in Oklahoma and hopes to one day work with inner-city children.

Career highlights

  • Won her first World Cup medal in February 2015.
  • Silver at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto.
  • Silver in the 2016 IBSA World Cup in Germany, bronze in the 2016 IBSA World Cup in Brazil and bronze in the 2016 IBSA World Cup in England.
  • 2014 and 2015 World Championships.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee