Parkdale's Shelley Gautier nominated for sportsperson award

Community Feb 12, 2015 Parkdale Villager

Parkdale resident and paralympic cyclist Shelley Gautier was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Gautier, who was born in Niagara Falls, ON, has lived on King Street West for more than 20 years, is a five-time Union Cycliste Internationale world road champion in the tricycle T1 class and will be competing at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and at 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“Thank you so much,” said Gautier, currently training in Florida, in a press release. “It is now real and I believe it. I want to make more opportunities for disabled people in sport.”

Gautier is the only Canadian nominated this year across all six categories: Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year, Breakthrough of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Action Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

In the 15 years of the Laureus Awards, the only other Canadian to be nominated for an award in the athlete with a disability category was wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc in 2003.

Gautier’s past achievements includes a silver medal at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games and London 2012 Paralympian. And last year she was named Female Cyclist of the Year by the Ontario Cycling Association.

The 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Shanghai, China, on April 15. Gautier will be in attendance with her partner Alan Greer.

For the complete list of nominees, visit www.laureus.com/news/biggest-names-sport-celebrate-nomination-2015-laureus-world-sports-awards-0

Parkdale's Shelley Gautier nominated for sportsperson award

Community Feb 12, 2015 Parkdale Villager

Parkdale resident and paralympic cyclist Shelley Gautier was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Gautier, who was born in Niagara Falls, ON, has lived on King Street West for more than 20 years, is a five-time Union Cycliste Internationale world road champion in the tricycle T1 class and will be competing at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and at 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“Thank you so much,” said Gautier, currently training in Florida, in a press release. “It is now real and I believe it. I want to make more opportunities for disabled people in sport.”

Gautier is the only Canadian nominated this year across all six categories: Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year, Breakthrough of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Action Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

In the 15 years of the Laureus Awards, the only other Canadian to be nominated for an award in the athlete with a disability category was wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc in 2003.

Gautier’s past achievements includes a silver medal at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games and London 2012 Paralympian. And last year she was named Female Cyclist of the Year by the Ontario Cycling Association.

The 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Shanghai, China, on April 15. Gautier will be in attendance with her partner Alan Greer.

For the complete list of nominees, visit www.laureus.com/news/biggest-names-sport-celebrate-nomination-2015-laureus-world-sports-awards-0

Parkdale's Shelley Gautier nominated for sportsperson award

Community Feb 12, 2015 Parkdale Villager

Parkdale resident and paralympic cyclist Shelley Gautier was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Gautier, who was born in Niagara Falls, ON, has lived on King Street West for more than 20 years, is a five-time Union Cycliste Internationale world road champion in the tricycle T1 class and will be competing at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and at 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“Thank you so much,” said Gautier, currently training in Florida, in a press release. “It is now real and I believe it. I want to make more opportunities for disabled people in sport.”

Gautier is the only Canadian nominated this year across all six categories: Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Team of the Year, Breakthrough of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Action Sportsperson of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.

In the 15 years of the Laureus Awards, the only other Canadian to be nominated for an award in the athlete with a disability category was wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc in 2003.

Gautier’s past achievements includes a silver medal at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games and London 2012 Paralympian. And last year she was named Female Cyclist of the Year by the Ontario Cycling Association.

The 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Shanghai, China, on April 15. Gautier will be in attendance with her partner Alan Greer.

For the complete list of nominees, visit www.laureus.com/news/biggest-names-sport-celebrate-nomination-2015-laureus-world-sports-awards-0