Bianca Borgella’s foray into track and field began modestly during her school years, participating in events ranging from 100m sprints to the 400m dash and the long jump. A muscle tear in middle school momentarily halted her progress, but her determination saw her return stronger. By grade 9, she was competing in the EOSSAA track and field championships, finishing 14th in the women’s 100m despite her limited experience.
Her summers were spent at the Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA) Summer Sports Camp, catering to individuals with visual impairments. It was here that her talent was recognized by Toronto-based coach Craig Blackman, leading to her inclusion in The Ottawa Lions Track Club.
Under the guidance of coaches Zach Quevillion and Natalie Geiger, Bianca underwent intensive training, culminating in her international classification in May 2021 as a para athlete in the women’s T13 category. That year, she set Canadian records in the 100m, 200m, and 400m and achieved victories at the Ontario Provincial Championships.
Despite a recurring hip injury in 2022, Bianca clinched gold in the 400m and 100m at her first Canadian National Championships and a U20 4x100m relay gold. She also set a personal record in the 60m event at the Saints Holiday Relay with a time of 7.78 seconds.
2023 saw her shine on the international stage at the Dubai Grand Prix, winning gold in the 100m and 400m among T13 athletes. Her training under Coach Yolande Jones-Grande led to new Canadian records and her selection for the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris. There, she won a bronze in the 100m and a silver in the 200m, setting new records.
Bianca’s journey is a testament to her patience, perseverance, and determination. As she reflects on her path, she acknowledges the challenges that molded her into a world champion and is determined for the future chapters of success that awaits her.