Shelley Gautier Brings Home Bronze!

Shelley Gautier wins Bronze in the Cycling Road Women’s Time Trial T1-2 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, September 14, 2016. Photo: Rupen Seon

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, September 14, 2016.
Photo: Rupen Seon

Canadian world-class para-cyclist, Honorary Chairperson and Director of The Shelley Gautier Para-Sport Foundation, and Department of Physical Therapy alumnus (class of ’95) is making us proud in Rio!

In 2001, Shelley was a physiotherapist who aspired to attend the Olympics to help athletes compete. While on vacation in Vermont, she sustained a severe head injury in a cycling accident resulting in right-sided hemiplegia. Shelley later became the first female tricycle rider on the international para-cycling scene. Since then, she has won several world championships and competed in the London 2012 Paralympics. In November 2015, Shelley received The Above and Beyond Award from the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association, in honour of her successes in sport, her commitment to the University, and the establishment of her Foundation, which supports para-athletes worldwide.

 

Shelley will be competing in Friday’s Women’s Road Race T1-2.

Your fans here at the University of Toronto will be cheering you on, Shelley!