Viviane Forest is a Paralympian winning Gold Medals in 2 Summer Paralympic Games (Athens 2004, Sydney 2000) in the sport of Goalball. She won a third Gold Medal, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in Alpine Skiing (25% of Canada's medals).
She is a legally blind high performance alpine ski racer with 4% vision. Viviane and her sighted guide, are a dynamic team! Her guide skis approximately 4 metres in front, navigating Viviane safely through race gates speeding down ski slopes. They reach speeds up to 120km/hour. Viviane and her guide communicate via two way radio systems with voice commands.
In 2010 VIviane and Lindsay Debou won medals in all the races they ran at the 2010 Paralympic Games. As well they won the Crystal Globe for Slalom and placed second for the Overall Crystal Globe Title. In 2009 they were on the podium 20 of 23 times winning World Championships, World Cup Crystal Globes and European Cup Titles.
Viviane is a natural athlete giving 120% in everything she does. Recreation to Viviane is an option for many but not for herself right now. She is very athletic and is able to compete at high levels though she is visually impaired. Her vision has decreased since birth. Viviane was involved in competitive swimming at the regional level, played ringette and hockey in the Brossard league, and loves outdoor pursuits like hiking, canoeing and mountain biking. She played Goalball on the Quebec team from 1994-2005. Viviane represented Canada on the National Goalball team from 1997-2005.
Goalball is a team sport. It was created after WW2 for visually impaired veterans to stay active.Goalball helped Viviane as a young adult to focus and set goals.
Viviane has spoken to over 5,000 students at over 120 schools in Quebec. She is bilingual speaking French and English. Her determination, energy, and inspiring ability are evident in her professionalism when speaking to groups or individuals today. Her story, life lessons and the challenges she overcame to be one of the worlds top athletes is truly memorable and inspiring.
Viviane retired from Goalball in 2005. Her competitive appetite was not satisfied so she took to alpine ski racing. She finds independence, freedom, and a high dose of adrenalin. “Alpine racing offers me a great challenge to develop new skills and compete in an individual sport with the best racers in the world.” As a child Viviane skied recreationaly with her family and friends. In 2007 she joined CADS Edmonton (Canadian Association for Disabled Skiers). These excellent volunteers started to teach her to alpine race. Her Edmonton coach Heath Fairly guided her in races. That year they won 13 of 14 races. She was on borrowed equipment, duct tape, and oversized equipment. She raced in all 5 alpine race events on her only short slalom skis. Her determination is evident in her results. Viviane is an intense competitor as well as an ambassador for her sport.
Viviane is an intense competitor and an ambassador for sport. In the ski and Goalball communities people seek Viviane for advice, fun, and inspiration.
|Birthdate:||May 14, 1979|
|Location:||Greenfield Park, QC|
|Size/Weight:||5’4’’ / 114 lbs.|
|Memberships:||Alpine Canada Alpin|
|Association sportive des aveugles du Québec (ASAQ)|
|Alberta Sports & Recreation for the Blind (ASRAB)|
|Canadian Association for Disabled Skiiers (CADS) Edmonton|
|Profession:||Athlete, Massage Therapist