About The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation


The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation breaks down barriers for people living with disabilities, enabling them to participate in sports activities. An awareness of adaptive sport is created and the foundation develops resources that encourages inclusive para- sport programs.

"My Team Is Busy Turning Passion Into Action"
We draw our inspiration from the above quote of the Foundation’s Honorary Chairperson and Director, Shelley Gautier.

Ms. Shelley Gautier is a world-class Canadian para-cyclist who, despite being hemiplegic due to a biking accident, has continued to thrive and dominate in para-sports.

In 2009, Shelley became the first female para-cyclist to compete on a tricycle internationally. She has since won the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world championships, 14 World Titles in para-cycling, competed in the London 2012 Paralympics and the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Shelley has refueled her passion for sports by creating this not-for-profit organization that encourages people with disabilities to turn their passion into action. The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation operates by loaning para-cycling equipment, so people with disabilities can be more integrated into their communities. The foundation currently has contracts with the Niagara Region, Brantford, Whitby and Bromont, Quebec.


To raise awareness by leveraging resources currently available to build inclusive para-cycling programs. People can get active and improve their health and fitness levels. Contracting with communitity organizations can then provide para-cycling equipment and manage para-cycling programs.


To promote healthy and active lifestyles for people living with disabilities through adaptive physical activities. This must be sustainable and that is only possible through on-going donations.

Programs and Services

Challenges Encountered

  • Financial limitations
  • Limited access to transportation (public and or private)
  • Lack of equipment
  • Limited indoor / outdoor facilities
  • Lack of coaches
  • Limited support personnel

There are significant challenges and barriers for people living with disabilities entering and participating in team and individual sports. These barriers include financial, physical and lack of suitable access to transportation, equipment, facilities, coaches and support people.

Our mandate is to break down the barriers that prevent people living with disabilities from fully participating in sports by developing the facilities, equipment, programs, and support people to help individuals to fully participate in community activities.

We believe in the benefits of recreational sports to get people active and improve health and fitness while having fun.

We help to raise awareness and address the unique challenges and needs of participants living with disabilities by leveraging the resources currently available to us to build inclusive para-sports programs.


  • To involve the community by providing free para-cycling activities to people living with disabilities.
  • Focused on improving the lives of people living with disabilities through recreational sports activities.


  • Providing Tandem bikes and hand cycles to community organizations to enable them to operate para-cycling programs.

Persons with Disabilities

Information gathered from the Ontario Human Rights Commission:

People living with disabilities ("PWD's) may have one or more characteristics including:

  • Disabilities present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time
  • Physical disabilities
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Mental health conditions
  • Vision or Hearing disabilities
  • Epilepsy
  • Dependencies on drugs or alcohol
  • Environmental sensitivities
  • Other conditions

Our programs are designed for people living with physical disabilites and visual impairments.

Data from the 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability


  • 7% of Canadians aged 15 years and older, or about 1,971,800 Canadians, reported having a mobility disability that limited their daily activities.
  • Mobility disabilities frequently co-occur with other types of disabilities. More than 95% of Canadians aged 15 years and older who reported a mobility disability also reported at least one other type of disability.
  • The prevalence of mobility disability increases with age. For example, 1.0% of the population aged 15 to 24 reported having a mobility disability, compared with 20.6% of those aged 65 and older.
  • Canadians aged 15 years and older with a mobility disability have overall lower levels of educational attainment than those without any disability. The proportion of Canadians aged 15 to 64 who were not in school and who had not completed high school was higher among those with a mobility disability (23.2%) than among those without any disability (13.1%).
  • Compared with Canadians aged 15 to 64 without any disability, Canadians with a mobility disability in the same age group have a lower employment rate (36.0% compared with 73.6%) and a lower median annual before-tax income ($17,100 compared with $31,200). As well, a higher proportion of them rely on government transfers as their major source of income (58.7% compared with 18.7%).
  • Nearly 9 in 10 adults with a mobility disability report requiring help with some type of everyday activity, such as heavy household chores and housework, and about two-thirds reported some level of unmet need.

Benefits of Sport for People with Disabilities

Sport is a rehabilitative tool which can:
  • Improve peoples' health and wellness
  • Reduce stress
  • Can create independence
  • Reduce dependdency on pain and depression medication
  • Reduce secondary medical conditions e.g. diabetes, hypertension

Sport is a rehabilitation tool that serves to improve people’s health and wellness while transforming their bodies and minds. Sport reduces stress, creates independence, and helps individuals with disabilities obtain higher education and employment. Sport also reduces dependency on pain and depression medication and reduces secondary medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Why support The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation?

  • Important social cause.
  • Contributions large or small help to improve lifestyles.
  • Assures sustainability of resources and programs.

why choose us

We Have built the system

The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation has developed the first recreational focused
para-cycling programs.

Our goal is to purchase
para-cycling equipment to be loaned to community organizations allowing them to provide para-cycling programs.