Vincent Gagnon – Hall of Fame

Class of 2020

Hometown : Longueuil, Québec

Category : Athlete

Accomplishments

As a high performance athlete Vincent Gagnon demonstrated an incredible commitment to the sport and demonstrating exemplary qualities throughout his career.

In 2001, Gagnon competed in his first international tournament, representing Canada at the Pan Am Championships where he won a bronze medal in men’s doubles. Over his career, Gagnon represented Canada at nineteen international tournaments including multiple Pan Am Games, World Championships, Pan Am Championships and World Games.

Gagnon was very successful at the international level, winning 15 medals throughout his career. The highlights of his international accomplishments include; a silver medal in doubles at the 2014 World Championships, a bronze medal in Men’s Doubles at the 2015 Pan Am Games, another bronze medal in the Men’s Team event at the 2015 Pan Am Games and a gold medal in Men’s Doubles at the 2007 Pan Am Championships.

At the National Championships, Gagnon was on the podium twenty times. He won the men’s open championship title in 2014. His skills as a doubles player were very evident at the national level especially from 2005 to 2012 when he partnered with François Viens. The team finished on the podium every year, winning the men’s open double championship title three times and finishing second on four occasions. Gagnon also won the championship title with Samuel Murray in 2014.

Gagnon played the game with a high degree of integrity, showing great respect for his opponents on and off the court. He approached the game calmly and gained unparalleled notoriety for his sportsmanship, earning the undeniable respect of everyone he came into contact with.

On the court Gagnon honed his skills and match strategy to become a formidable opponent. He approached the game in an analytical way, constantly challenging himself to be better and his greatest motivation was to achieve excellence year after year. Gagnon managed a highly successful athletic career while completing his graduate studies and starting a family, which is a true indicator of his ability balance life.

In addition to his dedication as an athlete, Gagnon gave back to the sport though his involvement with governance and sport development at the national and provincial level and by inspiring other athletes to follow in his footsteps. He has been an exceptional ambassador of the sport in Québec, Canada and internationally.

Gagnon’s outstanding accomplishments combined with the values he brought to sport make him a very worthy addition to the Racquetball Canada Hall of Fame.

Click here to link to Vincent Gagnon’s national team biography.

Career Highlights

2015

  • Pan Am Games: BRONZE – Men’s Doubles
  • Pan Am Games: BRONZE – Men’s Team Event
  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: 4th – Men’s Open Doubles

2014

  • World Championships: SILVER – Men’s Doubles
  • Pan Am Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: GOLD – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: GOLD – Men’s Open Doubles

2012

  • World Championships: SILVER – Men’s Team Event
  • Pan Am Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: GOLD – Men’s Open Doubles

2011

  • Pan Am Games: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • Pan Am Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Open Doubles

2010

  • World Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Doubles

2009

  • World Games: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: GOLD – Men’s Open Doubles

2008

  • World Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • World Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Team Event
  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: GOLD – Men’s Open Doubles

2007

  • Pan Am Championships: GOLD – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Doubles

2006

  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Singles

2005

  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Doubles

2004

  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Open Singles

2003

  • Pan Am Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Singles
  • National Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Doubles

2002

  • National Championships: 4th – Men’s Open Singles
  • National Championships: SILVER – Men’s Open Doubles

2001

  • Pan Am Championships: BRONZE – Men’s Doubles
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