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Lauren Woolstencroft

Skiing Athlete - Inducted 2011

Lauren Woolstencroft was known as Canada’s Paralympic Winter Games “Golden Girl." Lauren was born in Calgary - missing both legs below the knee and her left arm below the elbow. At the age of 14, she started ski racing with the Alberta Para-Alpine Ski Team. A three-time Paralympian, Lauren’s greatest success came at the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games where she won five gold medals while competing in downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super-G, and the super-combined event. She won a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2006 Paralympic Games, and a bronze and two gold medals at the 2002 Paralympic Games. During her career, Lauren won more than 50 world cup medals and eight world championship titles.

Lauren has been a very inspirational person as well as a dedicated and accomplished athlete.  In 2010, she became the first Paralympian to ever win five gold medals at a Winter Paralympic Games. Her success was rewarded as she was chosen to be Canada’s flag bearer at the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony.

Lauren’s accomplishments throughout the years include being inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2007, being named 2007 Best Female Athlete, 2006 IPC Athlete of the Year, and the 2002 Top Female Athlete at the Winter Paralympic Games. She was Canada’s only nominee at the 2011 Laureus World Sports Awards. Lauren entered the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame along with her Grandfather Art Davis. Lauren was also a 2011 inductee into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

After Induction

2011 - Nominee for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award category. She was the only Canadian to be nominated. (did not win)

2011 - Athlete with a Disability winner - 45th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards 

2012 - Woolstencroft was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

2015 - Inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

2018 - Joined CBC's Broadcasting team for the 2018 Winter Paralympics from March 9 to March 18.