‘’There’s so much more in me to do and to give’’ – Elisabeth Walker-Young reflects on being Honorary Member of the Order of Canada

Canadian Paralympic Committee

January 09, 2019

“It’s humbling, and an honour''


VANCOUVER – It’s been less than a month since Paralympian Elisabeth Walker-Young was announced as an Honorary Member of the Order of Canada. On Tuesday in an interview on AMI-audio she admitted she still finds it hard to believe.

“It’s humbling, and an honour and it also feels a little bit funny,’’ said Walker-Young in an interview on AMI’s Live from Studio 5. ‘’I know there’s still so much more in me to do and to give.

‘’It’s been a lifelong passion.’’

Both on and off the playing field, Walker-Young has forged a path for Para athletes and for women in sport.  As a Para swimmer she won six medals over four Paralympic Games and was a 13-year national team member. 

In 2015 she was Canada’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto. Just three years earlier, she was assistant Chef at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was also part of the organizing committee for the Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010. 

Today Walker-Young is the Manager of Programs for the Canucks Autism Network in Vancouver.

‘’My work isn’t done,’’ said the 41-year-old. ‘’And I continue to do it day-to-day.’’

You can hear the full 13-minute interview with AMI at: https://player.fm/series/live-from-studio-5-on-ami-audio/paralympic-swimmer-elisabeth-walker-young 

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