Swimming: Aurelie Rivard Completes Medal Haul with World Record Performance

Aurelie Rivard
Toronto, Ontario, August 11, 2015. Aurelie Rivard competes in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Aurelie Rivard first came onto the swimming scene for Canada at the 2012 London Paralympic Games winning a silver medal in her debut. She was named Canada’s female para swimmer of the year by swimming Canada in 2014. Aurelie has a physical impairment in her left hand. At these Parapan Games, she was impressive winning five Gold and one silver medal. However she saved her best performance for last, swimming to a World Record in the Women’s 100 m Freestyle in a time of 59.17 seconds. It was truly amazing to be able to witness her performance in person

Toronto, Ontario, August 11, 2015. Aurelie Rivard competes in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
Toronto, Ontario, August 11, 2015. Aurelie Rivard competes in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

How does it feel to set a world record?

Actually I still can’t realize it right now, it took me awhile. It is perfect and I couldn’t ask for better, winning my first world record on home soil and in front this amazing crowd and my friends and family, it’s super great since I won’t see them tonight.

Toronto, Ontario, August 11, 2015. Aurelie Rivard competes in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
Toronto, Ontario, August 11, 2015. Aurelie Rivard competes in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Has the Canadian crowd driven you to swim better?

I didn’t want the crowd to put pressure on me, I wanted to use it to make me swim faster, push me whenever I was tired and motivate me and it really did.

How has swimming enabled you?

Actually when I was younger I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, so swimming played a big part of my life and gave me a lot self confidence and opportunities and it really changed my life completely and today I couldn’t ask for better.

Toronto, Ontario, August 12, 2015. Aurelie Rivard wins gold and Katarina Roxon wins silver in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
Toronto, Ontario, August 12, 2015. Aurelie Rivard wins gold and Katarina Roxon wins silver in the swimming during the 2015 Parapan Am Games . Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
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