Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Power Walk Profile - Elisabeth Walker-Young

We are so excited to have Elisabeth Walker-Young on board for the second year as the face of Power Walk for Dress for Success Vancouver! 

As a four-time Paralympic gold medal winner in swimming, Elisabeth is an unstoppable woman who radiates commitment and drive.  After participating in 4 Summer Paralympic games, she now serves as the assistant Chef de Mission for the 2012 Canadian Paralympic team, helping lead them to excellence at the upcoming London 2012 games.  As an active contributor to her community, Elisabeth was honoured to carry the torch for both the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays in 2010, an experience which she says was charged with indescribable power and energy.

Elisabeth is an advocate for a healthy, active lifestyle, something which she shares through her extensive work in the community, teaching spin class at a local community center and through volunteering, educating different clubs, coaches, athletes, and sponsors.  Her strategy for fitting physical activity into a busy schedule is to make exercise a part of her daily routine and to challenge herself with new activities so that staying fit is fun.

Elisabeth has managed to overcome obstacles as an accomplished Paralympic swimmer and she is happy to share her tools for success.   She stresses the value of setting goals in different areas of your life which are challenging but achievable.  Goals that are written down will hold you accountable and will help you reach your highest potential.  Elisabeth says that the most important factor in realising your goals is to never listen to naysayers or anyone who tells you that “you can’t.” 

Elisabeth’s interest in Dress for Success stems from her desire to “empower people to challenge themselves, see themselves differently, and try something new.”  We are so thrilled to have such an inspirational woman as part of our team and we can’t wait for you to meet her at the upcoming Power Walk.  

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