London 2012 was a brilliant experience that had a successful outcome. In recognition of my participation in the Paralympics, I was thrilled to be honoured with a Diamond Jubilee Award. Presented to me by Federal Minister Bal Gosal and Chef de Mission London 2012, Gaetan Tardif. It was given to me at the University of Toronto, my alma mater in the presence of family, friends, and students. My journey continues to the next Para Pan Am Games in Toronto 2015 and Paralympics in Rio 2016.
This year I participated in two World Cup events and the World Championships. I began the season, competing in Greenville, South Carolina. I went to Spain to compete in World Cup #2. Won a race, where I raced my fastest career race. Late this past summer, I competed at World Cup #3 in Matane Quebec. I won the overall World Cup T1 Trophy for earning the most World Cup points.
I am enormously indebted to all those who welcomed me to Baie Comeau and celebrated my World Championship Time Trial and Road Race victories. Representing Canada felt great! I am proud to win Two Rainbow Jerseys, which means World Champion, at Home in Canada.
Next year the World Championships are in Greenville South Carolina. I am familiar with the course and hope to attain my new goal of winning there.
I am hugely satisfied with Team Shelley. They were outstanding and ambitious with the tasks they took on. There are lots of people who helped. Whether their role and contribution was big or small I will remember everyone. Thank you as every little bit helps. Through this adventure, I have been introduced to the warm and generous world of family and friends. I give thanks to Alan Greer and Bettina Kuypers. Without whom this adventure may never have taken place. Each of them have helped me in their own way.
Team Shelley includes but is hardly limited to my Mom, Suzanne Letourneau and Dad, Ernie Gautier and their partners John Barrett and Ingrid Daniels. My coach Eric Van Den Eynde and I are working together to assemble a yearly plan for 2014. Alan Greer is coordinating it all. He is working hard to make sure that everything gets done.
It feels wonderful to start organizing for the 2014 season. Very nice to have people understand what we are looking for, to provide services that were not easy to find. This past month has been spent dealing with different issues, that includes my weight and diet, and trike renovation issues. An immeasurable amount of people helped me get to my goal of being a T1 Para-cyclist for Canada who is the T1 World Champion 2013-2014.