About Shelley Gautier
Shelley Gautier was born on October 31st, 1968 in Niagara Falls. As a youth, she played competitive soccer as a goalie from the age of 6. By 2001 Shelley was a physiotherapist who raced in mountain bikes competitively. She was on holiday in Vermont when she crashed her bike, crushing her helmet and sustaining a severe head injury. After six weeks in a coma, Shelley spent eight months in a rehab hospital in Toronto learning to walk and talk again. She has hemiplegia, or one-sided paralysis, which affects the right side of her body.
Following her recovery, Shelley began her first competitive sports in disabled sailing where she became a competitive sailor. She raced across Canada and the United States. Shelley became a board member of the Disabled Sailing Association Ontario (Toronto Club) and served as Commodore for two years. She was a very active fundraiser for para-sailing during her tenure.
In 2009, Shelley became the first female T-1 rider on the international para-cycling scene. Since then she has dominated her class and won Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world championships for 7 consecutive years. Shelley has won fourteen world titles in para-cycling and competed in the London 2012 Paralympics and she brought home a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro.
Awards and Certifications
Shelley is the Honorary Chairperson, and a Director of the Shelley Gautier Para- Sport Foundation and she continues to support its charitable efforts.
Shelley was voted Best Paracycling Cyclist (Male or Female) of the year by Pedal Magazine in 2014. She is a 14 Time World Champion. She was chosen as Torch bearer in Quebec and in Whitby for the Parapan Am Games. She was also chosen and the only Canadian nominee representing Canada in the 2015 Laureus Awards held in Shanghi which is the highest award one can achieve in the world of sport. Shelley is the Ontario Road Cycling Female Athlete of the year for 2014 and 2015. A Silver Medalist in the 2015 Toronto ParaPan Am Games and was featured several times in Pedal Magazine. She was the recipient of the Toronto University Above and Beyond Award for outstanding achievement. Inducted into the Toronto Hall of Honour and the recipient of the Sport Niagara Para Athlete of the year. In 2018 Shelley is the only Cyclist in competitive cycling of all classes to have a perfect season winning a Gold medal in all Time Trials and Road Races.
Shelley holds a degree in physical education and physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto.
About Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation
The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation operates through contracts with community organizations in existing recreational facilities, so people with disabilities can be more integrated into their communities. The foundation currently has contracts to loan para-cycling equipment to the following organizations: Brock University (Wellness Center), Brock University (Niagara Penguins) in St. Catharines, WindReach Farm in Whitby, CNIB in Brantford and Bromont Cycling Center in Quebec.
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