We are so thrilled to have Elisabeth Walker-Young back as one of our ambassador’s for the Dress for Success Vancouver Power Walk 2013! As an active contributor to the community, Elisabeth Walker-Young is an inspiration to us all.
Elisabeth has made a huge impact in the Paralympic community and radiates commitment and determination. Recently, Elisabeth played a crucial role in the London 2012 Paralympic Games as Canada’s Assistant Chef de Mission. Bringing an athlete-centred perspective to this core leadership role, Elisabeth contributed to the planning and delivery of operations in London, proudly supporting all members of Team Canada both on and off the field of play.
Elisabeth has been monumental to the contribution of promoting the Paralympic Movement. In London, Walker-Young served as CTV’s English language commentator for the broadcasts of both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. This was a perfect platform for her to share her passion and expertise for parasport with Canadian audiences. In addition, Elisabeth acted as a liaison with the Canadian Paralympic Committee's (CPC) corporate and government partners during the Games. Elisabeth’s active social media presence allowed her to contribute to the influence and connection with Canadians and the sport community.
As a result of her role in the London Paralympic Games, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport (CAAWS) named Elisabeth one of the Most Influential Women of 2012. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, recognized as an athlete and builder.
Elisabeth was a 13-year member of the Canadian Paralympic Swim Team, having represented Canada at 4 Summer Paralympic Games from Barcelona 1992 through to Athens 2004. Throughout her swimming career, she broke numerous Canadian and World records, bringing home 6 Paralympic medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze) while having the opportunity to use her leadership skills as team captain for more than half of her career.
Following her athletics career, Elisabeth took everything she learned as a professional athlete and focused on a career path in sport management. From the development, management, and evaluation of program and events, Elisabeth continually challenges herself and others in raising the bar.
Elisabeth is an advocate for healthy living and enjoys teaching spin classes which allows her to share her love and knowledge of an active, healthy lifestyle with her class participants. A resident of Deep Cove, Elisabeth loves hiking, walking, running and snowshoeing in the trails with her husband, Ian and her dog, Joey.
We are so excited to partner with such an amazing and inspirational woman. Join Elisabeth and Dress for Success Vancouver for The Power Walk 2013!