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Aurélie Rivard

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para swimming

Hometown

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada

Aurélie Rivard won five medals at the 2019 IPC Para swimming world championships held in London. She collected gold medals in the S10 50-m freestyle and 100-m freestyle, silver in the 400-m freestyle and bronze in the 100-m backstroke and 4X100-m freestyle relay.

Her performances earned her a nomination to the Canadian Paralympic Committee for the  2020 Paralympic Games team.

She concluded the 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 50-m, 100-m, and 400-m freestyle. Her silver medal was in the 200-m individual medley. All four times were Canadian records, including two world records (50 free, 400 free), and a Paralympic record (100 free).

Rivard was Canada’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.  

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 the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, 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).

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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1
2012 Summer
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London, England
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games… Finalist for the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s 2016 Athlete of the Year… 2015 Parapan Am Games… 2010, 2013, 2015, 2019  IPC World Championships…2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games… 2012 Paralympic Games … As of October 2019, holds world records in 50-m, 100-m, 200-m and 400-m freestyles.

 

PERSONAL

Has a twin sister Charlotte… Her father André Rivard played goal in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League…Discovered by her current coach France Latendresse.

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2019 IPC World Championships 1st 50-m freestyle

2019 IPC World Championships 1st 100-m freestyle

2019 IPC World Championships 2nd 400-m freestyle

2019 IPC World Championships 3rd 10-m backstroke

2019 IPC World Championships 3rd 4X100-m freestyle relay

2018 Commonwealth Games 2nd 200-m individual medley

2016 Paralympic Games 1st 400-m freestyle

2016 Paralympic Games 1st 50-m freestyle

2016 Paralympic Games 1st 100-m freestyle

2015 Parapan Am Games 1st 50-m freestyle

2015 Parapan Am Games 1st 100-m freestyle

2015 Parapan Am Games 1st 400-m freestyle

2015 Parapan Am Games 1st 100-m butterfly

2015 Parapan Am Games 1st 100-m backstroke

2015 Parapan Am Games 1st 200-m individual medley

2015 Parapan Am Games 2nd 100-m breaststroke

2015 IPC World Championships 1st 50-m freestyle

2015 IPC World Championships 1st 400-m freestyle

2015 IPC World Championships 2nd 200-m individual medley

2015 IPC World Championships 2nd 100-m freestyle

2014 Commonwealth Games 3rd 200-m individual medley

2013 IPC World Championships 2nd 200-m, individual medley

2013 IPC World Championships 2nd 400-m freestyle

2013 IPC World Championships 3rd 50-m freestyle

2013 IPC World Championships 3rd 100-m freestyle

2013 IPC World Championships 2nd 4X100-m freestyle relay (34 pts)

2012 Paralympic Games 2nd 400-m freestyle

2010 IPC World Championships 6th 400-m freestyle