Quick facts

Birthdate

January 3, 1975

Birthplace

Toronto, ON

Residence

Toronto, ON

Sport

Para Rowing

Experience

Beijing 2008

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Multi -talented Victoria Nolan is a three-time Paralympian and the most experienced member of Canada’s Para rowing. In 2016, the visually impaired athlete was part of the Canadian crew that won’s Canada’s first ever Paralympic Games in the medal in the sport as they took bronze in the mixed fours.

She is also a six-time world championship member earning three medals including gold in the mixed fours in 2010.

Nolan is also the mother of two, an author and a television host. Her book Beyond Vision: The Story of a Blind Rower, was published in 2014. Since 2017, she is the co-host of AMI This week on the Accessible Media Network.

At age 31 she took up Adaptive Rowing which she says has given her the confidence to fight the limitations of vision loss and the motivation to push the physical limits of her body.
 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Three-time Paralympian 2008, 2012, 2016… Six-time world championship team member 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2018… In 2010, won gold with Meagan Montgomery in the women’s pair event at the world masters rowing championships…

PERSONAL

Born with a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa which was diagnosed at age 18 as her vision slowly deteriorated during childhood… Earned her master’s degree in education at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Study… She was a teacher for the Toronto District School Board for 17 years (1999-2017).

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2018 World Championships PR3 mixed fours 4th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games PR3 mixed fours 3rd 
  • 2015 World Championships PR3 mixed fours 3rd
  • 2012 Paralympic Games PR3 mixed fours 7th 
  • 2011 World Championships PR3 mixed fours 2nd 
  • 2010 World Championships PR3 mixed fours 1st 
  • 2009 World Championships PR3 mixed fours 4th 
  • 2008 Paralympic Games PR3 mixed fours 6th
  • 2007 World Championships PR3 mixed fours 3rd 

Paralympic Medals

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