Aurélie Rivard established herself as one of the top para-swimmers in the world in 2015 at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Toronto Parapan American Games.

At the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, she collected seven medals (six gold and one silver) including a world record performance in the 100-metre freestyle. A few weeks earlier in Glasgow, she broke two Canadian records with victories in the 50 and 400 freestyles.

Rivard made her first major international breakthrough at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. At age 16, she won the silver medal in the 400 freestyle and reached the final in four other events. At the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal, Rivard was the only Canadian swimmer to win five medals (three silver and two bronze). She was one of three Canadian para-swimmers at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She earned a bronze in the 200 individual medley.

Career highlights

  • 2015 Parapan Am Games.
  • 2012 Paralympic Games.
  • Swimming Canada's female para-swimmer of the year in 2014 and 2015.

Courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee