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Ella Chafee


Ella Chafee’s Paralympic Games experience covers four decades and multiple sports. Beginning at the 1964 Tokyo Games, Chafee won silver and bronze in swimming events, while earning another bronze in the foil fencing. Four years later, she won gold in the 4 x 100-meter track relay.  Chafee returned 28 years later to compete in foil and epee fencing at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Today, Ella continues to play sports and remains active in the Chicago community.
 
Wheelchair athletics pioneer Ella Chafee won silver and bronze medals in swimming at the 1964 Paralympic Games, swam again in 1968 and added a gold medal in athletics, and competed in individual and team events in fencing at the 1996 Paralympic Games -- 28 years later – where she placed highest among all U.S. women in foil with an 8th-place finish.  This 1990 Inductee to the Wheelchair Sports USA Hall of Fame continues to participate in wheelchair basketball and was honored with the 2006 RIC Fitness, Sports and Recreation Lifetime Achievement Award.Ella’s husband, Ian Chafee, served as Equipment Manager for Athletics at the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Paralympic Games, and for snooker in 1976 and basketball in 1980.

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