Kimberly Fawcett is an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (Captain) who has a dream to compete at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio in the sport of Paratriathlon. She is an above-knee amputee whose motto is “Triumph Over Trauma”.
- Esprit de Montreal Triathlon (Montreal)
- K-Town Triathlon (Kingston)
- Preparations for Paralympic Trials (100m)
- 2nd Summit of Kilimanjaro
- Paratriathlon World Championships (Beijing)
- ITU World Championship Series (London)
- Cumberland Duathlon Relay (Ottawa)
- Emilie’s Run 5km (Ottawa)
- Ironman Lake Placid, July (Swim Only)
- Paratriathlon World Championships (Budapest), 3rd Place TRI2
- Paratriathlon World Championships (Vancouver), 3rd Place TRI2
- Canadian Army Run 5km
- Member, Canadian Sitting Volleyball Team
MEDIA APPEARANCES/SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Amazing People Profile - CTV Ottawa - September 2011
- Canadian National Physiotherapy Conference, St Johns NFLD featuring General (ret’d) Rick Hillier, Margaret Trudeau, and Captain Kimberly Fawcett - November 2008
- Appearance on “Oprah” - Alicia Keyes “Superwoman” episode - October 2008
- CBC Ottawa Radio interview - Post-Canadian Army Run - September 2008
- Guest speaker at the CF Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Branch Annual Dinner – August 2008
- Age Group Athlete of the Month - Triathlon Canada Magazine - July 2008
- Appeared before Canadian Forces Armed Forces Council – speaking on the importance of athletics for the rehabilitation, recovery and retention of amputees - June 2008
- Featured Athlete of the Week, CTV Sports, Carolyn Waldo – June 2008
- Speaking Engagement - Veteran’s Affairs Head Office - March 2008
- Amazing Person of 2012 - CTV/Schoolbox Amazing Person Gala - October 2012
- Inducted into Canadian Forces Sports Hall of Fame - September 2012
- Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal - July 2012
- VCDS Female Athlete of the Year - November 2011
- Honoured at the CF Athletics Awards Banquet as the first CF amputee to participate in and compete at the ‘Women in CISM (conseil du sport militaire) Conference’ – October 2009
I am a relatively new amputee (6 years post amputation). As part of my initial rehabilitation and recovery plan, I decided to try and train for the Limestone Charity Triathlon in Kingston, Ontario in May 2007. I chose this particular race because it is supported and sanctioned by the Base Commander at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. While it took me over 2 hours to complete this first race, I finished the race all on one leg as I did not have any sports prosthetics. The moment I crossed that finish line, I knew that anything was possible.
Since completion of that first race, I have endured several limb revision surgeries; one major operation each year for the next 4 years. In between the surgeries, I trained and worked very hard to increase my endurance and to perform at a higher level in triathlon. I truly love the sport and believe it is the best form of rehabilitation for new amputees. It taught me that there is life after trauma.
My ultimate goal is to participate in the Paralympics in Paratriathlon. I believe that I have the ability, talent, and motivation to be a highly competitive paratriathlete. I have served this country with valour and honour as an officer in the Canadian Forces and would be equally honoured to represent Canada; an ambassador of sport and all that you can be. Under the ever watchful eye of my plastic surgeon, Dr. Conrad Watters, and my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Pichora, I have had a remarkable recovery. They repaired by body of over 20 fractures and rebuilt my residual limb. I am stronger than ever before and am able of handling the stresses affiliated with endurance sports.
To improve my ability to perform at a higher level in paratriathlon, I enlisted the help of a running coach, Ms. Helen Cooper, a swimming coach, Mrs. Andrea Smith, and a cycling and triathlon coach, Mr. Ian Fraser. I am now working with 2000 Olympian Sharon Donnelly and her awesome team at the Bytown Storm Triathlon Club. All of these individuals are experts in their field and were only too willing to help me out. With the incredible expertise of my prosthetist, Erik Schaeffer, I have the most comfortable prosthetic legs. They enable me to do sport without pain and without skin breakdown. The last thing an amputee needs to worry about is blisters and bad fitting legs. My goal was to ensure I had the best training, training plan and equipment I could to reach the highest levels of performance possible. I have just begun my journey.