Quick facts


May 14, 1996




St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec


Para Swimming




London 2012

Paris 2024

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Toronto 2015

Aurélie Rivard has been a force on Canada’s Para swimming team for more than a decade.

She qualified for her fourth Paralympic Games at the 2024 Para Swimming Trials beating the A standard in three events (50 free, 100 free, 400 free).

She has collected 19 world championship medals including two gold at the 2023 worlds. She is the all-time most decorated Canadian woman at the Para swimming worlds. In three Paralympic Games appearances she’s collected 10 medals including five gold.

 In 2016 in Rio, she set two world records and was Canada’s flag-bearer for the Closing Ceremony. .Thanks to a five-medal performance at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships, Aurélie Rivard was nominated to the Canadian Paralympic Committee to represent the country at Tokyo 2020. It will be her third Paralympic Games. 

In London at the 2019 worlds, Rivard claimed five medals (2-1-2), including gold in the 50 and 100m freestyle S10, silver in the 400m freestyle S10, and bronze in the 100m backstroke S10 and the 4×100m freestyle relay. The haul brought her career total to 14 medals (4-6-4) in four world championship appearances. 

Rivard concluded her 2018 season by breaking her own world record in the 400-metre freestyle S10 on the first night of the Pan Pacific Para swimming Championships. At the World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin, Rivard won gold and broke her own world record twice in the S10 200-m freestyle.  A few weeks earlier at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Rivard earned a silver in the SM10 200-m individual medley.

Rivard was one of the big stars at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Rivard brought home gold medals in the 50m, 100m, and 400m freestyle. Her silver medal was in the 200m individual medley. All four times were Canadian records, including two world records (50 free, 400 free), and a Paralympic record (100 free). 

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

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

Rivard made her first major international breakthrough at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. At those Games, at age 16, she won the silver medal in the 400-metre freestyle and reached finals 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).

Career Highlights

2012, 2016, 2020 Paralympic Games… Finalist for the Northern Star Award as Canada’s 2016 Athlete of the Year… 2015 Parapan Am Games… 2010, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2022, 2023 IPC World Championships…2014, 2018, 2022 Commonwealth Games… Swimming Canada’s Para Female athlete of the year in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2021 and 2022. As of January 2024, she holds the world records in the 50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyles in the women’s S10 category.


Has a twin sister Charlotte… Law student at Université Laval in Quebec City… Her father André Rivard played goal in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League…Discovered by coach France Latendresse…

Paralympic Medals