Meet Toyota’s Athletes on the Road to Paris 2024

Athletes from L to R: Keely Shaw, Marissa Papaconstantinou, Cindy Ouellet, Damian Warner, Tammara Thibeault, and Philip Kim © CNW GROUP/TOYOTA CANADA INC.

A remarkable group of athletes is gearing up to take the biggest stage in sports—the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.

Toyota Canada has proudly welcomed six exceptional Canadian athletes to their Team Toyota roster.

These world-class athletes have had unique journeys to the top, overcoming challenge after challenge in stride and achieving athletic excellence. With a roster of incredible sporting achievements under their belts and a wealth of passion to drive them forward, these athletes embody the spirit of ‘Start Your Impossible,’ inspiring not only fellow Canadians but also a future generation of athletes.

The ‘Start Your Impossible’ campaign was launched by Toyota ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, aiming to share athletes’ stories of achieving the seemingly impossible through the power of movement.

Team Toyota athlete Cindy Ouellet for Paralympics Paris 2024
Cindy Ouellet © Summers Pictures
Cindy Ouellet, QC (Wheelchair Basketball)

One of Canada’s biggest wheelchair basketball stars, Cindy Ouellet is no stranger to representing Canada on the global stage. Diagnosed with bone cancer at 12 years old, she faced unimaginable odds, with less than a five per cent chance of survival. However, Cindy’s unwavering determination propelled her to excel in both Para sports and academics. Having competed in five Paralympic Games and four Parapan Am Games, Cindy is a true inspiration. Now, Cindy is vocal in intersectional spaces and a motivational force for those facing adversity.

Team Toyota athlete Damian Warner for Paralympics Paris 2024
Damian Warner © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima
Damian Warner, On (Athletics – Decathlon)

Damian Warner’s journey to becoming the men’s decathlon champion at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was far from straightforward. Growing up in a low-income, single-parent household, he experienced firsthand the challenges faced by underserved children. Supported by his mother and a dedicated team of coaches, Damian now aims to give back by encouraging disadvantaged youth to pursue their passions. His story is a powerful reminder that with the right support, anyone can achieve greatness.

Team Toyota athlete Keely Shaw for Paralympics Paris 2024
Keely Shaw © Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Cycling Canada
Keely Shaw, SK (Para-Cycling)

Keely Shaw’s path to winning Canada’s first medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is a story of determination and overcoming adversity. After a life-altering horse-riding injury at 15, she faced an identity crisis. Re-learning her body and changed abilities, Keely regained her power through Para-cycling and is determined to change the perception of physical disabilities.

Team Toyota athlete Philip Kim for Paralympics Paris 2024
Philip Kim © Courtesy of Toyota Canada
Philip Kim, BC (Breaking)

Trailblazer Philip Kim, known as ‘Phil Wizard,’ is a pioneering figure in the Breaking world. With the sport making its Olympic debut in Paris 2024, Phil has become one of Canada’s top Olympic prospects. His journey is marked by perseverance, overcoming doubt, and harnessing the power of self-confidence. Phil’s mission is to inspire a new generation of breakers and future Olympians.

Team Toyota athlete Tammara Thibeault for Paralympics Paris 2024
Tammara Thibeault © Courtesy of Toyota Canada
Tammara Thibeault, QC (Boxing)

Tammara Thibeault, a world boxing champion and Olympian, defied stereotypes and misconceptions to rise to the top. As a biracial child who often felt like an outsider, she found her sense of belonging through boxing. Now, Tammara is determined to change the face of women’s boxing and fight against stereotypes on her way to the top.

Team Toyota athlete Marissa Papaconstantinou for Paralympics Paris 2024
Marissa Papconstantinou © Courtesy of Toyota Canada
Marissa Papaconstantinou, On (Para Athletics)

Marissa Papaconstantinou’s journey to becoming a bronze medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games defies the limits of human potential. Born without a right foot, she overcame obstacles with the support of her community, a resilient mindset, and determination. Now a top athlete, Marissa is dedicated to sharing her strength, elevating Para sport and inspiring the next generation of Paralympians.

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