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GAUTHIER Paul
Sport Boccia
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age47
Place of BirthVancouver, CAN
Height1.64 m
Weight 103 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Sarah, son Matteo, foster son Derek
Residence
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Occupation
Director
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up boccia at age 17.
Name of coach
Mario Delisle [national], CAN
Senior International Debut
Year
1990
Competing for
Canada
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Hearing the Canadian national anthem after winning a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (paralympic.ca, 26 May 2015)
Hero / Idol
Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky. (paralympic.ca, 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard, play hard." (paralympic.ca, 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gallery.mailchimp.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. (canada.com, 03 Sep 2008)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first para-boccia player from Canada to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, when he was victorious in the individual BC3 at the 2004 Games in Athens. (paralympic.ca, 26 May 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Sep 2012)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as an executive director for the Individualized Funding Resource Centre Society in New Westminster, BC, Canada. He founded their Choices in Support for Independent Living [CSIL] programme, offering support for people with impairments. (Facebook profile, 29 Sep 2015; ifrcsociety.org, 05 Jun 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
9 1996 Individual - BC1 wad  
5 1996 Pairs - BC1 wad  
3 2000 Individual - BC3  
3 2000 Pairs - BC3  
1 2004 Individual - BC3  
3 2004 Pairs - BC3  
5 2008 Individual - BC3  
5 2008 Pairs - BC3  
7 2012 Pairs - BC3  
9 2012 Individual - BC3  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
12 2006 Individual - BC3  
7 2014 Pairs - BC3  
28 2014 Individual - BC3  
World Ranking (09 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
27 2015 Individual - BC3  
27 2015 Individual - BC3  
36 2016 Individual - BC3  
49 2016 Individual - BC3