A proud Cascades athlete since 2005, kayaker Émilie Fournel has represented Canada on the international stage for a number of years. As someone who continuously pushes herself beyond her limits, she firmly believes that it’s the possibility of having a dream come true and working hard to achieve it that makes life interesting. After 21 years of competing, she is at the top of her game.
First and last name: Émilie Fournel
|First and last name:||Émilie Fournel|
|Date of birth:||October 26, 1986|
|Age||29 years old|
Best or most recent results:
- 2015: Gold Medal at the Toronto PanAm games in the K-4 500 m event;
- 2015: Gold Medal and Canadian champion in the K-1 500 m and K-1 1,000 m at the Canadian Championships;
- Bronze Medal at the Senior World Championships in the K-1,500 m;
- In addition to her many medals, Émilie has been at the top of Canada’s women’s kayak class since 2007. She has also taken part in several Olympic Games, including Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016, where she competed in the K-4 500 m and K 1 500 m.
Number of years in the sport:
Émilie first started kayaking when she was eight and grew up in a very active household. Her father, Jean Fournel, was a well-known kayaker in the 1970s. Émilie shares her passion for the sport with her younger brother, Hugues Fournel, who is also making a name for himself in kayaking.
Field of study or future profession:
Émilie graduated from TELUQ in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in environmental studies. She is currently pursuing a management certificate. Although she aspires to work in the environmental sector after retiring from her athletic career, she secretly dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot!
Volunteer work /cause:
Émilie participates in Earth Day and the Tour Charles-Bruneau for sick children, both causes that are near to her heart.
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