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Michelle Salt was born and raised on a game farm outside of a small Alberta town called Calmar. From an early age, Michelle had a passion for sports. When she was 13, she fell in love with snowboarding and chased the dream of someday becoming a professional snowboarder. Though she never made it to the pro level, her love for the sport never died. In June, 2011, Michelle was out for an evening ride when she lost control of her Motorcycle. Upon impact, she broke several bones and severed her femoral artery causing her to almost bleed to death. She spend 7 days on life support, 5 months in the hospital recovering and lost her right leg 10 inches above the knee. Though she knew she was going to have some tough times ahead of her, Michelle was determined to get back on snowboard and carve her way to the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games.

 

In March of 2014, Michelle made that dream a reality when she competed in the debut of snowboarding becoming the first ever Female Canadian Paralympic snowboarder. She pushed herself to new levels leading into the 2018 games with 13 World Cup Podiums, ranked 3rd Overall and was the most Marketed Canadian Winter Paralympian. She just missed the Podium with a 4th place finish in Boardercross and 5th in Banked Slalom with the top finish for Canada.

 

Michelle has been traveled around North America sharing her story and inspiring others. She speaks to resiliency, grit, Mental Health, overcoming tragedy, turning stresses into success and safety. 

Michelle started sledding in 2018 shortly after her retirement from Snowboarder. In August of 2021, Michelle was announced as part of the BRP Skidoo Backcountry Team. She also took up Skydiving in the Summer of 2021 and has completed her Solo license with over an hour in the Indoor Skydive Tunnel IFLY. She is working towards her A/B License and hopes to someday work towards Wingsuiting. 

 

Michelle is a Calgary Resident. She currently works for Zolo Realty as an Agent for the last 12 years and Co-op Home Health Care as a Pediatrics Medical Mobility Rep which she absolutely loves. 

If you would like to book Michelle for a Speaking Engagement or for any Media, please enquire at Michelle.s.salt@gmail.com

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