Shelley was inducted in February for The Toronto Sports Hall of Fame. Although she was not able to be present during the award ceremony, Shelley would like to share this honour with everyone.
Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability
In 2001, Shelley Gautier was a practicing physiotherapist holding a degree in physical education, when a mountain-bike accident left her with severe head injuries. Shelley spent eight months in rehabilitation and, within a year of the accident, she was back on a bike. By 2007, Shelley was competing in 50 km races and, in 2009, she was the first female tricycle T1 rider on the international scene.
In 2014, she won both the road race and the individual time trial at the Union Cycliste Internationale World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. This continued to be a tremendous year for Shelley: she was named Ontario Cycling Association Road Female Athlete of the Year; she launched the Shelley Gautier ParaSport Foundation, to provide encouragement and opportunities for people with disabilities to be participate in sport; and she was the second Canadian to ever be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportperson of the Year with a Disability Award.
Shelley is currently on an impressive winning streak of eight consecutive World Championships titles and is in training to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.