Aurelie Rivard14 May 1996 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Gold: 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle; Silver: 200m individual medley
- 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships – Gold: 50m and 400m freestyle; Silver: 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley
- 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships – Silver: 200m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle Relay 34 Points; Bronze: 50m and 100m freestyle
- London 2012 Paralympic Games – Silver: 400m freestyle
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In 2013 she won four medals at her home World Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Still though, she struggled to overcome New Zealand’s multiple world and Paralympic champion Sophie Pascoe to claim top place on the podium.
That all changed in 2015 when Rivard stormed to two gold medals in the 50m and 400m freestyle S10 for her first world titles in Glasgow, Great Britain, against Pascoe.
But that was not all.
At the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, once again in her home waters, Rivard brought down Pascoe’s 100m freestyle world record by 0.06 seconds.
Firmly embedding herself in the national consciousness, Rivard won six gold medals in Toronto to become the most decorated female athlete across all sports and third most medalled overall.
Rivard was one of the national favourites heading into her second Paralympic Games at Rio 2016, and she did not disappoint. Trumphant in three events with world records in the 50m and 400m freestyle, Rivard also showed Pascoe her rise to the top was complete.
Rivard’s potential was spotted whilst she was training to become a lifeguard and she began competing at the age of 11.
She was named Swimming Canada’s female Para swimmer of the year in 2014.
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