Albertan-born Chantal Givens made her Paralympic debut in Rio de Janeiro as a member of Canada’s Paratriathlon Team. Chantal is a three-time Canadian Paratriathlon champion who began her career in sport as a springboard diver in her early teens. In 2001, Chantal volunteered at the Triathlon World Championships in Edmonton, igniting her interest in the sport. Shortly after she registered for a long distance race – even before owning her first bike.
Fast-forward to 2015 and Chantal is now a three-time Canadian Paratriathlon Champion (2012, 2013, 2014) and has placed fourth at the World Championships twice (2013, 2014). Other achievements include qualifying for the 2012 Boston Marathon, qualifying and competing in the 2008 triathlon age-group (able-bodied) World Championships, qualifying and competing in the 2003 and 2004 duathlon age-group (able-bodied) World Championships, being named the 2004 triathlon female athlete with a disability (AWAD) World Champion and is a 10-year national level competitive springboard diver (1992-2002). Outside of sport, Chantal is a physical education teacher, who works to share her passion for sport and act as an example for her community.
Chantal’s determination and dedication are the driving force behind her success. With the support of her main sponsor Qualico and donations from the community, Chantal is more than halfway to her goal of raising $15,000. In order to stay focused on her training and qualification for Rio, she had reduced her professional commitments by 70 per cent and will only be teaching one class per semester in the Louis Riel School Division this school year.
2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Chantal achieved her dream of participating in a Paralympics, finishing eighth in her Paralympic debut with a time of 1:19:13 in the PT4 division. Chantal and her Canadian teammates were the first ever Canadian Paratriathlon team to attend the Olympic Games. The inaugural paratriathlon event took place on a tough course in Copacabana Beach in Rio.
Results – Chantal finished eighth in the women’s PT4 division.
Rio 2016 Summer ParalympicsSept 11, 2016
Triathlon – PT4
St. Malo TriathlonJune 25, 2016
Triple Threat 20th Anniversary Multi-Sport WeekendJune 12, 2016
Triathlon – sprint
2016 Aguilas ITU World Paratriathlon EventMay 15, 2016
2016 Penrith ITU World Paratriathlon EventApr 24, 2016
Global News: Paving the path to the podium
Thursday, February, 15th, 2018
Before Manitobans make the trip to the Olympics or Paralympics, they usually spend some time at the Canadian Sport Centre. The organization has been helping athletes climb the podium for more than 20 years. Global’s Mitch Rosset reports.
Givens In Steinbach For Triathlon Camp
Thursday, January, 12th, 2017
STEINBACH ONLINE (Jan 12) Canada’s Para-triathlete of the year for 2016 will be in Steinbach this Sunday. Triathlon Manitoba is organizing a camp and Chantal Givens of Winnipeg will be there to train with athletes.
Triathlon Canada Celebrates 2016 Excellence Award Winners
Tuesday, January, 10th, 2017
TRIATHLON CANADA (Jan 10) Daniel and Givens named Para-triathlon winners, Mislawchuk and Kretz claim elite honours
Engineer uses 3D printer to help Canadian Paralympic athlete
Tuesday, October, 11th, 2016
CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS (Oct 11) Leon Fainstein was one among many Canadians this past summer who were following the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
Manitoba Olympians, Paralympians honoured in Winnipeg
Friday, September, 23rd, 2016
CBC Manitoba (Sept 23) Some of Manitoba’s homegrown Olympians and Paralympians were honoured in Winnipeg Friday night for their feats abroad during the Rio Summer Games.
Thursday, March, 24th, 2016
Chantal Givens recently returned home following a successful competition in Sarasota, Florida, March 12 and 13. The athlete placed second at the 2016 Sarasota CAMTRI […]
Tuesday, July, 12, 2016
Victoria, BC – Chantal Givens of Winnipeg has been officially named to the Canadian Paralympic Team. In Rio this September, the 38-year-old triathlete will be […]