A Wheelchair is not a Handicap

Featuring Eugene Reimer and wheelchair athletics

Eugene Reimer
Induction Year: 2002
Sport: Wheelchair Athletics
Category: Athlete

Did You Know?

Eugene was named Canadian “Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year”. This was the first time such a level of recognition had been awarded to an athlete with a disability.


  • From 1968 until his athletic retirement in 1980, Eugene brought home over fifty national and nine international gold medals from prestigious world events such as the International Paralympics (held jointly with the Olympic Games every four years) and the Pan America Wheelchair Games.
  • In 1972, he took gold in both discus and pentathlon (setting a new world record) and silver for the 4 x 60m relay.
  • In 1974, Eugene received the Order of Canada for his “inspiring example to the handicapped”.