Celine Kavanaugh

Nordic Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Charlotte Toner

Further personal information

Ottawa, ON, CAN
Shop Assistant, Student
English, French
Higher education
Building and Construction Engineering - Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology: Ottawa, ON, CAN

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
Her mother was contacted and was asked if Kavanaugh would be interested in the sport.
Training Regime
When she is unable to ski on snow she trains using rollerskis.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"My disability has brought me this sport that I love, and all these different events and initiatives and opportunities are because of my disability. My ways of adapting stem from it, and without my disability, I wouldn't be who I am today." (carleton.ca, 20 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
She was the flag bearer for New Brunswick at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. (ici.radio-canada.ca, 10 Mar 2019)
She was born with a vision impairment that means she has no vision in her left eye and 20/200 vision in her right eye. (shad.ca, 10 Oct 2017)
Other information
She began a degree in mechanical engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, Canada, before deciding to switch to Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology to study construction engineering in 2020. "I'm dedicated to improving accessibility and public safety. Having a disability, I recognise issues in infrastructure on a daily basis. There is a definite lack of diversity in the construction field. People like me who have hands-on experience with accessibility issues are crucial to making an impact on public safety." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020; carleton.ca, 20 Dec 2019)