Elisabeth Christine Walker


Elisabeth Walker-Young retired in 2005 as a 13-year member of the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team, having represented Canada at 4 Summer Paralympic Games from Barcelona 1992 through to Athens 2004. Throughout her swimming career, Elisabeth broke numerous Canadian and World records and was team captain for more than half of her career.

Elisabeth graduated from Brock University in 2002 with an honours degree in Phys. Ed. She studied Occupational Therapy at Mc Master University until she decided her passions lay in sport.

She has worked in sport administration from development within the provincial sport system through to the management of international projects and operations for the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

A level 1 certified swim coach, Elisabeth coached for one year upon her retirement from the sport. She is now a member of Swimming Natation Canada`s ParaSwimming Coach and Athlete Selection Committee and guest coaches when opportunities present themselves. Since retirement Elisabeth has been giving back to sport through various volunteer roles, including member of Canadian Paralympic Committee Development Committee and Co-chairing the Canadian Paralympic Committee Classification Taskforce.

In 2010, Elisabeth had the honour of running with the Olympic and Paralympic torches. She donated both torches and mittens to a local Vancouver Community Centre where they can be cherished by the public.

Elisabeth enjoys staying fit through training for triathlons, as well as hiking with her husband and dogs. She loves to cook, read and be artsy. A certified spin instructor, Elisabeth loves teaching classes that challenge and empower registrants. She enjoys encouraging others to lead a healthy active lifestyle.

Elisabeth finds great value in challenging conceptions about ability. She does this through leading by example and through opportunities as keynote speaker, guest lecturer and presenter. Her experience with accessibility advisory committees and her studies in Occupational Therapy guide her passion for challenging norms of ability and disability. Elisabeth`s mantras include: Challenge yourself; Challenge others; Accept challenges; and, Think Outside of the Box.

Leading up to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games, Elisabeth co-facilitated the team building activities for Mission Staff and lead the Diversity and Sensitivity Training session. She is thrilled to take on the role of Assistant Chef de Mission for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. She is excited to work with Dr. Gaétan Tardif, Chef de Mission for these Games, and CPC staff in the coming months and will draw on her vast athletic, volunteer and professional experience to ensure the 2012 Canadian Paralympic Team achieves their goals and has positive experience doing so.

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2000 Sydney ParalympicsSwimming50m Butterfly - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsSwimming200m Individual Medley - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsSwimming4 x 100m Medley Relay - Womengold
2004 Athens ParalympicsSwimming4 x 100m Medley Relay - Womensilver
2004 Athens ParalympicsSwimming50m Butterfly - Womenbronze
1996 Atlanta ParalympicsSwimming100m Backstroke - Womenbronze

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 9
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 7
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 50m Butterfly - Women 3
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Women 11
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 6
2004 Athens Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 2
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 6
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 6
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 5
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 4
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 50m Butterfly - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 100m Butterfly - Women 5
2000 Sydney Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 1
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 3
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Swimming 50m Butterfly - Women 4
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Swimming 200m Individual Medley - Women 4
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 11
1996 Atlanta Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 13
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Swimming 50m Freestyle - Women 8
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Swimming 100m Freestyle - Women 8
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Swimming 400m Freestyle - Women 7
1992 Barcelona Paralympics Swimming 100m Backstroke - Women 12