Marni Abbott-Peter

Marni Abbott-Peter (born October 11, 1965)[1] is a Canadian retired wheelchair basketball player. As a member of Team Canada, she won three gold medals and one bronze during the Paralympic Games as well as four World Championship titles. She was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame in 2015. She is married to fellow Paralympic athlete Richard Peter.

Marni Abbott-Peter
Personal information
Birth nameMarni Abbott
Born (1965-10-11) October 11, 1965 (age 55)
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Spouse(s)Richard Peter (2005–)
Country Canada
SportWheelchair basketball (1992–2010)
TeamCanada women's national wheelchair basketball team
Turned pro1992
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals

Early lifeEdit

Born in Nelson, British Columbia, Abbott-Peter grew up in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, beside skier Nancy Greene Raine who inspired her to begin skiing.[2] Although Raine would later move away, both Abbott-Peter and her brother partook in skiing lessons.[3]


Abbott-Peter sustained a spinal cord injury as a teenager while she was downhill skiing.[4] As she was recovering, Abbott-Peter met Paralympic athlete Rick Hansen who introduced her to wheelchair sports.[4]

She first began swimming at the Pan American Games, where she won five medals, but soon began playing wheelchair basketball in 1988 and made the Canadian national team in 1992.[3][5] From 1992 to 2004, Abbott-Peter won three gold medals at the Paralympic Games and three consecutive World Championship titles in wheelchair basketball with Team Canada.[6] In 2003, Abbott-Peter was named Female Athlete of the Year by the BC Wheelchair Sports Association.[7] After briefly retiring in 2004, where she served on the BC Games Society Board and coached,[8] Abbott-Peter won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship.[6] In 2007, Abbott-Peter was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.[2] The following year, Abbott-Peter was inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame.[9]

In 2012, Abbott-Peter was selected to coach at the Women's' Wheelchair Basketball tournament at the 2012 London Games.[10] The following year, she was inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.[5] In 2014, Abbott-Peter helped coach the BC Breakers to the Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Championships at the 2015 Canada Winter Games.[11] In 2015, Abbott-Peter was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame[12] and later into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame.[13] Outside of sports, Abbott-Peter was named into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2016.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Abbott-Peter became engaged to fellow Paralympic athlete Richard Peter in 2005,[15] and the two later married.[3]

Paralympic Games resultsEdit

Results Games
Bronze 2004 Summer Paralympics
Gold 2000 Summer Paralympics
Gold 1996 Summer Paralympics
Gold 1992 Summer Paralympics


  1. ^ "Marni Abbott-Peter". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Marni Abbott". Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Valley Sports Heroes". March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Morris, Jim (October 16, 2002). "Paralympics helped restore athlete's dream of Olympics". Medicine Hat News. Medicine Hat, Alberta. p. 13. 
  5. ^ a b "Shrine selects athletes". Vernon Morning Star. June 28, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Wheelchair basketball athlete Marni Abbott-Peter and builder Dr. Donald Royer to join Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame". / October 15, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "BC Wheelchair Sports Association Presents Awards Prior to Vancouver Ravens Game". February 14, 2003. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "2005 B.C. Games Society Board Appointments". February 16, 2005. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductees". Wheelchair Basketball Canada. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Stewart, Megan (August 28, 2012). "Vancouver athletes represent at London Paralympic Games". Vancouver Courier. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "BCWBS Thanks Marni Abbott-Peter". July 13, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Abbott named to hall". Vernon Morning Star. October 25, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Marni and Richard Inducted Into Basketball BC Hall of Fame". May 10, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  14. ^ "Previous Hall of Fame Inductees". Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Pride of the Cowichan Tribes – Richard Peter Brings Home Paralympic Gold". Spring 2005. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2019.

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