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Honoured Member

ANDRE VIGER

Inducted in 2013

Member Details

Date of Birth: September 27, 1952
Place of Birth: Windsor, Ontario
Date of Passing: October 1, 2006
Sport: Para Athletics
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1984

Paralympic Games in Stoke Mandeville: Gold medal, marathon; Silver medal, 4x400m relay; Bronze medal, 1500m middle distance

Bronze medal, the first Canadian medal to be won in a Paralympic demonstration event at the Olympic Games

1984, 86, 87

Men’s wheelchair division champion, Boston Marathon

1988

Paralympic Games in Seoul: Gold medal, marathon; Silver medal, 10,000m long distance; Bronze medal, 800m middle distance; Bronze medal, 5000m long distance

1992

Paralympic Games in Barcelona: Gold medal, 10,000m long distance; Silver medal, 4x100m relay; Silver medal, 4x400m relay

Honoured Member ANDRE VIGER
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Story

A five-time Paralympian winning three gold, four silver, and three bronze medals, a world record holder in the 1,500 metre, 5,000 metre, 10,000 metre and marathon events, a winner of almost every prestigious marathon in the world, André Vigér was one of the best wheelchair racers of our time. Not many athletes can come out of retirement and find the same level of success as if they had never left the first time.

Throughout his career, Andre demonstrated a great level of determination and resiliency.  After a premature retirement in 1991, these attributes help solidify his legacy as one of the best Paralympians to ever represent Canada when he won the gold medal in the 10,000 metre event at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games. After his racing career, André showed the same determination and resiliency when battling cancer.  Sadly, he lost that battle on October 1, 2006.


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