Chelsea Lariviere has never been the type of person to back down from a new challenge and experience. Being born with Cerebral Palsy, she participated in sport as a way of gaining self-esteem and independence, but it was through a chance encounter during a Sledge Hockey practice in 1996 that she began her journey to becoming a Paralympic medallist...

From 1999 to 2006, this National Team athlete represented Canada at two Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia and Athens, Greece and two World Championships in Athletics, where she came home with two bronze and a silver medal at the 2002 games in Lille, France. Two years following this performance, she made Canada proud by earning a spot on the podium at the Paralympics in Athens, with a personal best time of 19.83 seconds. During her athletic career, she was fortunate enough to have traveled to 14 countries. Following the 2006 World Championships in Athletics in Assen, Holland, she decided to retire from wheelchair athletics and pursue other endeavours including completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts psychology degree at Carleton University, where she focused her studies on immigrant relations. Recently, Chelsea completed the Human Resources Management program at Carleton University and she intends to achieve her Canadian Human Resources Professional designation. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys participating in Zumba and kayaking and she volunteers as a career counsellor assisting immigrants and newcomers to Canada. During the summer of 2013, Chelsea won a bronze medal at the Canadian Kayak Championships in Montreal. (Photo credit: Kevin Bogetti-Smith)

Langues parlées: English, French, some Spanish

Lieu de naissance: Toronto, ON

Ville de résidence: Ottawa, ON

Sport: Wheelchair Athletics

Plat favori: Indian butter chicken and naan bread ; sushi

Couleur preferée: Blue

Quelle est votre plus grande réussite en tant qu'athlète?
Winning a Paralympic silver medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, with a personal best of 19.83 seconds in the 100 metre and being 13 hundredths of a second from setting a world record time and coming home with a gold medal.

Quelle est votre plus grande réussite au-delà des sports?
Completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009.

Quelle est votre citation preferée?
"Sometimes we must fail at something before we can succeed." - anonymous "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."- Jack Layton, former NDP leader

Qui était votre inspiration quand vous étiez jeune?
I really admired Kurt Browning when I was young, but currently I really admire k.d. lang - She's a beautiful person with a beautiful voice. She isn't afraid to be herself, and I think she is very creative. Robert Saunders - my grade five teacher. He was a good man with a big heart and sense of humour. He loved to give back to the local community and he really cared about others. My mother - She is just a wonderful person, inside and out, and she has taught me so much about life and made me the person I am today.

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[Chelsea Lariviere was] fantastic! Thanks for your help and thanks for coming to speak to our students!  You motivated everyone in the gymnasium!! My grade 10 girls PE class loved you and found you very inspiring!!!   Keep it up and I hope you speak to many, many more schools! 

Jenny Fisher, Phys.Ed. teacher, Osgoode Township High School, Metcalfe, ON


ACTIVATE 2013 delegate, PEI

I LOVED IT! Her story was amazing and she was such a wonderful speaker.I could tell that she lit a spark in everyone of us in that room that listened to her incredible journey, and we were all moved by what she had to say. 

ACTIVATE 2013 delegate, Ontario

Her presentation was also very inspirational and emotional talking about how she persevered through her injuries, and may not have even been here today was very touching. 

ACTIVATE 2013 delegate, Newfoundland

This presentation was one of my favourite parts of the week, if not my favourite. Chelsea was so incredibly inspiring, and definitely touched every body in the room with her story and emotion. 

ACTIVATE 2013 delegate, BC

Chelsea taught me to never give up on whatever I want to do.

Sara, etudiante 6iemme annee, Ecole Publique Alta Vista, Ottawa ON

Chelsea’s ESTEEM Team presentation exceeded my expectations! She was a wonderful speaker and caught student interest. She was able to relate to students and with no notes!

Nicole Turpin, Principal, - Roch Carrier Elementary, Ottawa, ON

Chelsea was terrific and did a great job engaging the students. I really enjoyed the references of goal-setting to her Olympic experiences.

Brenda Beaudette, Principal, North Dundas District High School (Chesterville, ON)

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