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André Viger
Personal information
Born (1952-09-27)September 27, 1952
Windsor, Ontario
Died October 1, 2006(2006-10-01) (aged 54)
Sport
Sport Paralympic athletics

André Viger, OC CQ (September 27, 1952 – October 1, 2006) was a French Canadian wheelchair marathoner and Paralympian. He took part in five consecutive Summer Paralympics in athletics from 1980 to 1996, winning a total of three gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

Biography[edit]

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Viger grew up in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He lost the use of his legs following a traffic accident at age 20. He won the men's wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon in 1984, 1986 and 1987. In 1987, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for being "a source of encouragement for young athletes and a role model for young people everywhere".[1] In 1993, he was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 2005, the Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Special Achievements

1984- Olympic Games, Los Angeles-won a bronze.

Three-time winner of the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Four-time winner of the Oita Marathon in Japan.

Best Paralympic Sport Ambassador.

Athlete of the year, for all sports combined, in 1986.

Quebec personality of the year in 1984.

1986-Recipient of the Maurice Richard award from the Saint-Jean-Baptist Society.

Many times named athlete of the year in Sherbrooke.

André took up track and field in 1979 when he ran the Beauce, Québec, marathon. This was his first victory, and his first step in the Viger legend. André participated in five Paralympic Games. His first were in Arnheim, Netherlands, in 1980, and his last were in Atlanta in 1996. Over the course of these five Games, André earned three gold medals, four silver, and three bronze.

During his lengthy career, from 1979 to 1997, he set several world records in the 1,500 m, 5,000 m, and 10,000 m distance events and won almost every marathon on the planet, from Paris to Los Angeles, from Sempach in Switzerland to Montréal. Through the various World Championships, we can no longer count his wins, whether on the track or on the road.

But André's successes are not limited to sports. His determination has set the example for all Canadian emerging athletes. Everyone from Rick Hansen to Mel Fitzgerald to Jeff Adams knew that André had one passion: victory. André has never done anything halfway. He has always given his all, good days or bad. http://paralympic.ca/canadian-paralympic-hall-fame/inductees/andr%C3%A9-viger-athlete


After retiring from athletics, he began a career as a businessman and started a wheelchair manufacturing company. He died of cancer on October 1, 2006.[2]

In 2013, Viger was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

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LaPresse.ca

LaPresse.ca
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:18:45 -0800

(SHERBROOKE) La maison des jeunes Azimut Nord, située à l'entrée du parc Jacques-Cartier, déménagera au parc André-Viger dans un bâtiment neuf. Le conseil municipal a entériné lundi une assistance financière de 213 250 $ pour la réalisation du ...
 
LaPresse.ca
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:03:45 -0700

(SHERBROOKE) Un projet à un moyen terme d'aménagements de terrains de soccer au parc André-Viger sur la table à dessin de la Ville de Sherbrooke soulève des questions chez des citoyens du secteur. Depuis quelques jours, des citoyens distribuent ...
 
Boston.com
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:03:45 -0700

The Boston Athletic Association held its first organized competition in 1890. Since then, generations of distance runners have tested their strength, endurance, and mental toughness on the 26.2 miles that stretch from Hopkinton to the finish line on ...

Montreal Gazette

Montreal Gazette
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:06:50 -0700

Renowned hometown para athletes like Chantal Petitclerc, André Viger, and Philippe Gagnon are role models for those living with disabilities. They would not have reached the podium if it was not for the support received from family, friends, neighbours ...
 
LaPresse.ca
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Voitures, armes de chasse et objets de tout genre, M. Rivard se passionne pour l'authentique et le beau. Un jour, il s'est rendu à la Maison André-Viger, trois semaines après le décès de l'athlète aux suites d'un cancer du système rénal. « Son fauteuil ...
 
LaPresse.ca
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:22 -0700

(Sherbrooke) Le nouvel édifice multifonctionnel du parc André-Viger sera érigé bientôt. Les travaux pour faire renaître de ses cendres l'édifice Jean-Byrns, rue Richard, devraient commencer à la fin du mois de mai. Le nouvel édifice multifonctionnel du ...
 
Radio-Canada
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:20:12 -0700

André Viger est mort du cancer en 2006. Le Panthéon des sports canadiens rend hommage à l'athlète en fauteuil roulant et l'intronisera le 16 octobre, 7 ans après son décès. Viger a non seulement remporté 10 médailles aux Jeux paralympiques et trois ...

Windsor Star (blog)

Windsor Star (blog)
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:25:59 -0700

Windsor-born Andre Viger is part of a star-studded class of 2013 for the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Viger, the late wheelchair racing pioneer, was joined in the athlete's category by former NHL star Joe Sakic, curler Russ Howard, cyclist Alison ...
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