Michelle Salt

First Female Canadian Paralympic Snowboarder

Michelle Salt

Michelle Salt was a member of Canada’s first ever Paralympic Games snowboard team that competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. She was the only Canadian in the women’s competition and placed ninth in the snowboard cross. She first joined the national team a year earlier.

Salt lost her right leg above the right knee in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in June 2011. Upon losing her leg, Salt became determined to one day participate in the Paralympic Games. She says, “Snowboarding has always been a passion of mine, so it made sense to turn that love in to a medal someday. It was such an incredible feeling to get back on the board after hearing it may never happen again.” 

Salt has maintained herself among the world’s best since Sochi, with three fourth- place finishes at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. She also concluded the 2015-16 World Cup season with four silver and three bronze silver medals.

When she’s not training, she enjoys other sports such as cycling, wakeboarding and kayaking. She also spends time speaking for STARS and Canadian Blood services as a patient/recipient.

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I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for bringing in Michelle to share her story with us. She absolutely touched my heart and soul, and I would not have had that once-in-a-lifetime experience if you didn’t set this up. THANKS again!
Encana Employee
Michelle recently spoke at a Donor Appreciation luncheon we hosted to thank our KidSport Alberta and Calgary partners. She was amazing and definitely captured and motivated the room with her story. Michelle left our group with the understanding of just how special life is and to ensure we enjoy every second of it to its fullest. Seeing how sport helped motivate her in a time of need really hit home with our guests as well. Everyone in attendance would recommend Michelle and we at KidSport Calgary were honored to be able to have her join us and share her story and look forward to working with her again.
KidSport Calgary
Hi Michelle, I was in the audience of the Shell group today where you gave your talk. I was far too choked up and emotional after hearing your story to tell you this in person, but I couldn’t let it pass without telling you how privileged I was to have been in your presence and hear your story. I’ve always thought of myself as a fairy positive person and after today I’m really going to step it up a notch and push myself to greater limits. You have truly inspired me and I am so thankful for that!
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