Denis Lapalme

Denis Lapalme is a Canadian amputee athlete and actor, most noted as a competitor and medalist at the Paralympic Games.[1]

Originally from Timmins, Ontario, Lapalme lost both legs in a train accident in childhood.[2] As an adult he has been based principally in Ottawa, where he has worked as a civil servant.[2]

Athletic careerEdit

He competed in swimming at the 1976 Summer Paralympics in Toronto, winning a bronze medal in the men's 100-metre freestyle and a silver in the men's 100-metre breaststroke.[1]

At the 1980 Summer Paralympics in Arnhem, Netherlands, he competed in both track and swimming, winning gold medals in the men's 100-metre sprint, javelin and 100-meter backstroke, a silver medal in the 100-metre breaststroke, and a bronze medal in the 100-metre freestyle.[1]

Lapalme competed on the men's wheelchair basketball team at both the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea[3] and the 1992 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain.[4] but the team did not medal at either event.

He also competed nationally and internationally in other track and wheelchair basketball competitions below the Paralympic level,[5] including at the IWAS World Games in 1979.[6]

Although no longer active as a Paralympic competitor after 1992, he remained involved in sports as late as the early 2010s as captain of the Ottawa Sledgehammers, the city's sledge hockey team.[7]


Following the end of his Paralympic career he was cast in his first acting role, as Jerome of Sandy Cove in Phil Comeau's 1994 film Jerome's Secret.[8] He subsequently had small parts in the films Bleeders and Two Lovers and a Bear, and an episode of the television series F/X: The Series.


  1. ^ a b c Robert Lagacé, "Denis Lapalme heureux d'avoir vécu dans le «secret» sur grand écran". L'Acadie Nouvelle, October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Randy Phillips, "Lapalme leads way to Defi crown". Montreal Gazette, May 5, 1997.
  3. ^ Rick Mayoh, "Strong Canadian team in medal chase at Seoul Paralympics". Ottawa Citizen, October 15, 1988.
  4. ^ "Paralympic gold for Regina racer". Edmonton Journal, September 9, 1992.
  5. ^ "Bronze for Canada". Edmonton Journal, August 12, 1990.
  6. ^ "Canadians add gold in Stoke Mandeville". The Globe and Mail, September 1, 1979.
  7. ^ "Diverse mix of players produces winning formula for Ottawa Sledgehammers"., April 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Acadian Tale About A Mysterious Amputee". Canada AM, March 30, 1995.

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