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Julia Rivard

Athlete and Builder


Kayaking, Skiing, Swimming

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Born: 1976 - North Bay ON


Elected: 27-Nov-2001

Inducted: 03-May-2003

Automatic Member  


Julia Rivard became an Automatic Member of the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame on the strength of her K-4 performance at the 2000 Olympics and four gold medals at the Canadian Championships the same year. An all around athlete in her youth, she played softball, basketball and volleyball and was a ski racer for Chippewa. She spent 13 years as a competitive swimmer with the Y Titans Swim team and at one time was on the Canadian top ten list in the 200m backstroke and 800m freestyle. A back injury curtailed her swimming and she turned to the North Bay Canoe Club in 1994 where her athletic skills propelled her to the Canadians the same year. After graduating from Chippewa she attended Dalhousie and in 1995 joined the MicMac Canoe Club in Dartmouth where she won gold and bronze at Nationals. A skiing injury came close to ending her athletic career but she fought back to finish fourth in K-4 in the 1998 Worlds in Hungary. She was named to the Canadian Kayak team three times and in 2000 won seven medals (four gold, three silver) at Canadians - capturing top spot in the K-1 500, K-2 500 and 1000 as well as K-4 500. In World Cup events the same year, she and her K-4 mates won a pair of bronze medals, a fourth and a sixth. At the Olympics in Australia the Canadian girls made it to the 500m final where they placed ninth. Julia was a Director of Sports Nova Scotia; on the Pan Am Games Committee and the Canadian Canoe / Kayak Association. She was on the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team Administrative Staff at the Beijing Olympics.

Inductee No.  191
Last Revised: 11/13/2011


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