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Gee-Gees Olympians & Paralympians

Sekou Kaba, Natasha Watcham-Roy with bronze medal, Segun Makinde in Olympic jackets at Matt Anthony Field
Sekou Kaba, Natasha Watcham-Roy, and Segun Makinde at Matt Anthony Field in 2016.

The Gee-Gees have been well represented at the Olympic and Paralympic Games over the course of sporting history at uOttawa. Varsity Athletics is developing a historical list of University of Ottawa athletes, coaches, and staff who have competed at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

Three University of Ottawa athletes have been named to the Olympic and Paralympic teams for Beijing 2022:

Rachel Homan, mixed doubles curling

Dawn McEwen, women's curling

Lisa Weagle, women's curling

Kim Thompson, a Gee-Gees women’s hockey alumna and current professor at uOttawa was on the gold-medal-winning Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team staff in Beijing. The Orleans, Ontario native was the team’s Mental Training Consultant.

 

Four University of Ottawa athletes were named to the Olympic and Paralympic teams for Tokyo 2020:

Caleb Agada, men's basketball

Camille Bérubé, para swimming

Brianna Hennessy, para canoe

Andrew Todd, para rowing

 

In 2021, six graduates of the uOttawa Physiotherapy program were on Canada's mission staff at the Tokyo Olympic Games: Guylaine Boutin, Céline DesLauriers, Janice Drover, Chiaki Inoue, Andrea Prieur, and Geneviève Renaud, while uOttawa alumnus Dr. Andy Marshall was the Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Paralympic Team.

Gee-Gees women's rugby captain Natasha Watcham-Roy captured a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with Canada's Rugby Sevens team and Andrew Todd captured a bronze medal as part of the PR3 mixed fours rowing crew at the 2016 Paralympics. In all, uOttawa alumni have captured 5 Olympic and 9 Paralympic medals as athletes, and two gold and one silver as national team coaching staff.

Olympic and Paralympic Medalists who studied at uOttawa:
 
Athletes:
Andrew Todd: bronze, 2016, para rowing
Natasha Watcham-Roy: bronze, 2016 rugby 7s
Jason Dunkerley: 3x silver (2000, 2004, 2012), 2x bronze (2008, 2012), para athletics
Marc Dorian: 2x gold (2006, 2010), bronze, 2014, sledge hockey
Dawn McEwen: gold, 2004, curling
Diedra Dionne: bronze, 2002, freestyle skiing
Glenroy Gilbert: gold, 1996, athletics
Raymond Cadieux: bronze, 1986, men's hockey
 
Staff:
Kim Thompson: gold (2022), silver, (2018), women's hockey
Jacques Martin: gold, 2002, men's hockey
 
Kim Thompson holding her Olympic gold medal with players on ice behind her.

In addition to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Gee-Gees student-athletes and alumni have been named to Canadian teams at the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, and the FISU Universiades