Will Groulx

Sport: Para-Cycling

Navy veteran Will Groulx began his Paralympic Games career not in para-cycling, but in the notoriously physical sport of wheelchair rugby.

Will injured his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident in 2001 and was introduced to sports by recreational therapists during his rehabilitation. Having been an active athlete throughout his life, he needed that type of outlet. Little did he know how important sports would be for him or the journey that he was about to begin.

Will is a three-time U.S. Paralympic medalist in wheelchair rugby, having earned gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and bronze in both 2004 and 2012. In 2012, he captained the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team. Following his rugby success at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Will decided to turn his handcycling hobby into a competitive career, ultimately finishing on the podium twice at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships. He finally captured a Rainbow Jersey, the distinctive jersey worn by the reigning world champion, and two other podium finishes at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina.

Will went to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where he brought home one gold medal and two silver medals for Team USA.
Will works closely with The Hartford, a Founding Partner of U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.
For more information about Will’s accomplishments, visit Team USA’s website.
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