St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada
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). Rivard was Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony 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 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).
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… Won Swimming Canada’s Female athlete for three consecutive years (2014-2016) and in 2019.
Has a twin sister Charlotte… Her father André Rivard played goal in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League…Discovered by coach France Latendresse.
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
- 2019 IPC World Championships 50 freestyle 1st
- 2019 IPC World Championships 100m freestyle 1st
- 2019 IPC World Championships 400m freestyle 2nd
- 2019 IPC World Championships 100m backstroke 3rd
- 2019 IPC World Championships 4X100m relay 3rd
- 2018 Commonwealth Games 200m individual medley 2nd
- 2016 Paralympic Games 400m freestyle 1st
- 2016 Paralympic Games 50m freestyle 1st
- 2016 Paralympic Games 100m freestyle 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 50m freestyle 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 100m freestyle 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 400m freestyle 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 100m butterfly 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 100m backstroke 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 200m individual medley 1st
- 2015 Parapan Am Games 100m breaststroke 2nd
- 2015 IPC World Championships 50m freestyle 1st
- 2015 IPC World Championships 400m freestyle 1st
- 2015 IPC World Championships 200m individual medley 2nd
- 2015 IPC World Championships100m freestyle 2nd
- 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m individual medley 3rd
- 2013 IPC World Championships 200m, individual medley 2nd
- 2013 IPC World Championships 400m freestyle 2nd
- 2013 IPC World Championships 50m freestyle 3rd
- 2013 IPC World Championships 100m freestyle 3rd
- 2013 IPC World Championships 4X100m freestyle relay (34 pts) 2nd
- 2012 Paralympic Games 400m freestyle 2nd
- 2010 IPC World Championships 400m freestyle 6th
2 gold medals
1 silver medals
2 bronze medals
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 gold medals
1 silver medals
1 silver medals