Last Sprint for Rio 2016
My name is Pierre Ouellet from Quebec City Canada. I am the former Aquathlon double world champion in 2012 and 2013, and ranked 5th in the world in paratriathlon in 2012. A paratriathlete recognized as a great opponent, and athlete always finishing in the top of my category on the world stage since 2008. I have always represented a positive image for the International Triathlon Union for my strength of character and determination and my performance. My life's goal it is to make the starting line in paratriathlon at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September 2016, and I need your help to get there.
The next 11 months will require extreme personal and financial sacrifice in order to be in the best condition and have the most success in my qualifying races to get to Rio. I have no corporate sponsorship (though I am delighted to welcome potential companies who may be interested), and have no support from my country's athletic federation in order to race, travel and train for the Games in September. With the rigors of training, fueling, and recovering properly, I will have to dedicate myself full-time to my athletic pursuits in the winter season, putting my career as a massage therapist on a temporary hold. Please read my story below:
Pierre Ouellet, paraplegic athlete Bio:
I own a massage therapy clinic, specializing in sports recovery inside of a well-established medical clinic. My clinic is located at in the physical education and sports pavilion at Laval University. My talents and skills of more than 10 years in massage therapy are in high demand in Quebec City, giving me the opportinuty to teach massage therapy for treating athletes in my offices.
At age 12, I was a promising motocross athlete who already aspired to be a future champion and make it a professional career. In 1993, at age 16, I had a serious accident damaging my spinal cord, and became a paraplegic. Within three short years, I began competing in wheelchair races. I narrowly missed qualifications for the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and those of Greece in 2004.
After 5 years of retirement from the track as a wheelchair racer, I became Canadian National champion in paratriathlon in my very first year of competition! I finished with a bronze medal the following year at the World Championships. This began my return to top-level competition and a new opportunity to return to the Paralympic Games in an exciting new sport for athletes with disabilities.
I am honored to say that I am a reference and resource for the ITU triathlon union, offering advice on course layout and logistics for the wheelchair athlete's category. I am an ambassador here in Quebec in this discipline. It is a blessing, as new para athletes call me frequently so I can offer them a helping hand, leads on adatptive equipment, and training and racing advice about this new Paralympic sport. I have also instituted a series of competitions with the Triathlon Québec Federation.
Thank you for your consideration and your extreme generosity in supporting this paratriathlete's dream of racing in the Paralympic Games. EVERY dollar is utilized towards racing, training and travel, and it takes your support to get there.
Here it is the time to ask you're precious help and great support.
Here is in details my 2015 race season. I invited you to go check on my blog: http://pierreouellettriathlete.com/en/2015/09/21/injury-race-report/
and this one also: http://pierreouellettriathlete.com/en/2015/09/21/pierres-life-is-working-and-training-not-the-best-to-qualify-for-rio-2016/
The next 11 months will require extreme personal and financial sacrifice in order to be in the best condition and have the most success in my qualifying races to get to Rio. I have no corporate sponsorship (though I am delighted to welcome potential companies who may be interested), and have no support from my country's athletic federation in order to race, travel and train for the Games in September. With the rigors of training, fueling, and recovering properly, I will have to dedicate myself full-time to my athletic pursuits in the winter season, putting my career as a massage therapist on a temporary hold.
I want to show you about what are my needs for 2016 race season to motivate you and your friends to continuing your appreciated big donation.
The next three months are the most important for my career as an athlete in triathlon. I would say it is the most important moment of my life! Because I have devoted my life into the Paralympics sport for the last 10 years.
It will be during the months of October, November and December as the budget it is planned for my 2016 race season. This means that I need your support and your cooperation by referring me to all your contacts that you think can help me financially or in any other form of assistance that will get me to the top at the 2016 Olympics games of Rio.
In the list below you will find my requirements and needs to realize my goal for Rio 2016!
Hand bike: Made by carbonbike at the cost of 15,000$ Canadian
Racing wheelchair: Make by Top end at the cost of 8,000$ Canadian
Wet Suit: Made by Huub at the cost of 1,000$ Canadian
Budget needed for Travel to World Cups:
This includes the costs of accommodation and needs of transport
South Africa: 3,000$ Canadian
Australia: 5,000$ Canadian
Japan: 3,000$ Canadian
France: 4,000$ Canadian
Italy: 4,500$ Canadian
Budget needed for training camps in 2015 and 2016
This includes accommodation costs and access to training platforms
San Diego, United States: 13 to 24 October 2015 / Costs: 3,000$ Canadian
Florida, USA: December 5 to 13 2015 / Costs: 1,500$ Canadian
Chiang Rai, Thailand: December 14 to 20, 2015 / Costs: 1,700$ Canadian
San Diego, United States 1 January to 10 March 2016 / Costs: 10,000$ Canadian
Thank you for all your Gratitude
I hope all you had a great summertime! Mine was very busy but fun with racing, training and traveling.
After 6 months of hard training in Arizona, Florida and California, my race season started at the CAMTRI paratriathlon Continental Championships in Mexico with a 4th place finish.
I returned to my home in Quebec City afterwards to train with my coach for my next race in Detroit in August.
On July 2, I fell and broke two vertebrae in my lower back. Despite this terrible setback, I was determined to push forward on my road to Rio and kept going hard to prepare for Detroit and Edmonton 2 weeks later in September.
The Detroit world paratriathlon event race went well even though I suffered a flat tire during the race on my hand-cycle. I accumulated valuable points here, which put me in a better position (17) into the world rankings for the Paralympic qualification criteria!
My race in Edmonton was much better and I'm very pleased with the result considering my injury. I placed 6th in the world paratriathlon event and won the Canadian National Championship. This great finish moved me up to 8th place in the rankings towards Rio.
What is next?
2016 race season will be very demanding. There are 7 races to do to meet my National Team standards and I must also place in the top 5 in the world rankings. The races are located in Australia, Japan, South Africa, Great Britain, Spain, France and Italy.
To accomplish this, I will be training in California this fall and winter until the first race in March in South Africa with my coach and several other Paratriathlon athletes preparing for the Paralympic Games.
Thank you all for supporting and following my journey this season and I look forward to giving you an excellent report on my progress in California next month.
You can follow my activities and contact me if you subscribe yourself into the followers in my web site here: http://pierreouellettriathlete.com/en/contact_me/
Pierre realized a 4th place. This is a good start of the 2015 season that has just begun. It is also valuable points that are raised that give access to competitions in Europe for the summer is coming.
I remind you also that this is his first race for over a year. As you know, the 2014 season was interrupted for reasons of lack of funding.
Pierre is grateful for your contributions that you make to reach the 2016 Rio Para Olympic games. Keep talking and sharing this link to your friends and family!
To have and see what Pierre is doing on training and race visit his web site here: www.pierreouellettriathlete.com
Le 1er mai dernier se déroulait une compétition de paratriathlon dans le cadre de la série CAMTRI (championnat des Amériques) à Montery au Mexique.
Pierre à réaliser une 4e place. C’est un bon départ pour la saison 2015 qui vient juste de commencer. C’est des points précieux aussi qui sont amassés qui donnent accès à des compétitions en Europe pour l’été qui s’en vient.
Je tiens à vous rappeler aussi qu’il s’agit de sa première course depuis plus d’un an. Comme vous le savez, la saison 2014 s’est interrompue pour des raisons de manque de financement.
Pierre vous est reconnaissant pour vos contributions que vous faites pour atteindre les jeux para olympique de Rio en 2016.
Pour savoir ce qui se passe avec les entraînements et compétitions de Pierre je vous invite à visiter son site web ici : www.pierreouellettriathlete.com
Un énorme Merci
In January 16, there is a 1900$ raised on the objective of 100 000$. This is my last chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. This is my life goal. It has been 16 years since I try myself to go to the Paralympic Games and the only reason of previous failures that is a cause of lack of funding. I invite you to contribute to my fundraising campaign by making a donation on the website https://www.gofundme.com/gmmchg/ where you can make a donation of 10$, 20$, 30$ ... 1 000$ as well you like! I invite you to contribute to my fundraising campaign by making a donation .I count on your support!
I count on your support! Share this information with your friends, friends of your friends, people you work with, family, LinkedIn, so most people we can reach!
Thank you for your time and I invite you to follow my activities (training camps and competitions) on my website here: http://pierreouellettriathlete.com