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ROBICHAUD Christel
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para athletics
NPC Canada   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthMoncton, CAN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Residence
Moncton, NB, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Volunteer
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para alpine skiing in 2000, and took up Para athletics in 2013.
Why this sport?
"My life changed when I was approached by Alpine New Brunswick, a Para sports festival, in 2012. They were looking for people who would be interested in learning the competitive side of skiing. In 2013 I got involved in another sport - throwing in athletics. I had the chance to participate in some workshops in August [2013] and I even had the chance to represent New Brunswick at the Canada Games. I never thought this would have been possible."
Club / Team
South East Athletics: Moncton, NB, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Chris (acadienouvelle.com, 10 Jul 2016)
Hobbies
Origami. (Twitter profile, 12 Jan 2017)
Injuries
During the 2015/16 northern hemisphere winter she fell while skiing and sustained a concussion. She returned to training after two months of recovery. (acadienouvelle.com, 10 Jul 2016)

In March 2014 she injured her left shoulder in a fall while skiing. (acadienouvelle.com, 08 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's you and the gates and you don't really have to worry about everyone else." [Canadian alpine skier Michael Janyk] (cbc.ca, 22 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named 2014 Athlete of the Year by Canadian newspaper Acadie Nouvelle. (acadienouvelle.com, 30 Dec 2014)
Other sports
She has competed in Para athletics, and won bronze in discus at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (csca.norex.ca, 01 Jan 2015; cbc.ca, 02 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To compete in athletics at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (acadienouvelle.com, 10 Jul 2016)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (acadienouvelle.com, 07 Aug 2014; Facebook profile, 27 Sep 2020)
Other information
MENTAL HEALTH
She has spoken about facing mental health issues, and says she had a particularly difficult period after competing at the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke Mandeville, England. "I suffered from depression. During this period, I found it difficult to do anything. I had a lot of trouble keeping up the pace in terms of results and that affected the amount of scholarships that were allocated to me to train. Job uncertainty means that I go through many periods of anxiety. I am very persistent and stubborn. So I intend to keep fighting to improve my situation." (acadienouvelle.com, 14 Jul 2017)

OCCUPATION
She has done volunteer work for the HIV and AIDS charity AIDS Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, and at L'Escaouette theatre in Moncton, NB, Canada. She has also been an executive assistant at the Moncton event Festival Inspire, and has worked for the New Brunswick Environmental Network in Canada. (Facebook profile, 16 Jan 2015; LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.