Gold Medalist, Paralympic Athlete and Overcoming Adversity Expert
Known as “The Falcon”, Viviane Forest is an inspiring public speaker at corporate, education and community events. Her presentations are genuine, strong, and they motivate people to be active and reach for their goals and dreams. In the past ten years, she has spoken to approximately 10,000 people in Quebec and Alberta. She is frequent presenter to corporate gatherings and often accepts speaking engagements for public events or fundraisers. She has experience speaking to small groups like a classroom or large conference gatherings as a keynote.
Viviane’s keynote address, Failure is Not an Option appeals to many organizations because of her charm and ability to speak authoritatively in both French and English. Forest can also facilitate team building sessions. Viviane Forest is a Triple Gold Medal Paralympian of 2000, 2004 and 2010. Viviane is one of Canada’s most decorated Paralympic athletes. After a nine-year career as a member of the national Goalball team, she now competes for Canada in Para-Alpine skiing. Viviane Forest has seven Paralympic medals from three different Paralympic Games.
Viviane was born in Montreal but now calls Edmonton home. She has been in competitive sports since the age of four. Viviane played hockey and ringette, participated in karate, judo, track and field, cycling and provincial level swimming. The one thing that differentiates Viviane from other athletes is that she has only 4% of normal vision. Yet she excels at the highest possible levels.
Viviane Forest races down the ski slopes, with her guide, at speeds over 100 km/hr. They use a two-way radio system, trust and confidence to prevail on the slopes of the world. At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Viviane won medals in all five alpine race disciplines: a Gold in the prestigious Downhill, three Silvers in Super-G, Slalom and Super Combined and a Bronze in Giant Slalom. With two Paralympic gold medals won in Goalball at the Sydney 2000 and the Athens 2004 Paralympic Summer Games, Viviane has become one of a few female high performance athletes in the world to win gold medals in both summer and winter Paralympic or Olympic Games.
Recently Viviane Forest has national recognition for her sporting accomplishments: Canadian Paralympic Committee inaugural Debut Award, and Alpine Canada TELUS Award of Excellence Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. In addition to her sport accomplishments, the community also is lucky to Viviane as a leader and role model. She is the recipient of the Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence (October 2010), and The Global Woman of Vision (May 2010).
Viviane’s story is stunning and captivating. Her five-medal podium finish at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games had her collecting over 25% of Canada’s medals while injured. Her tenacious determination and commitment to her dreams create a humourous and intense story, sure to inspire. Between training and competing, Viviane is an inspiring public speaker at corporate and community events. Her presentations are genuine, strong, and they motivate people to be active and reach for their goals and dreams. In the past ten years, she has spoken to approximately 10,000 people across Canada.
She frequently speaks at corporate gatherings and often accepts speaking engagements for public events or fundraisers. Forest has experience speaking to small groups like a classroom or board meeting and large conference gatherings in convention centres.
Viviane Forest tailors her Failure is Not an Option presentation for the following topics:
- Motivate / Inspire
- Believe in Yourself
- The Journey of a 3 Time Paralympic Champion
- Overcoming Adversity
- Goal Setting
- Public Appearances, Autographs, Photo Opps
Viviane Forest’s keynote address, Failure is Not an Option will leave a positive impact on your audience. Every audience members will take home a message of personal growth and the dream to aspire to excellence. She will motivate each audience member to set personal and professional goals. Join Viviane Forest to explore her journey to greatness. Many of us will never visit an Olympic podium, yet Viviane has conquered the podium seven times. You can conquer your own podium too!
Although Viviane was born visually impaired with less than 5% of her vision, her story shares many moments of defeat and a lifetime of triumph. Diagnosed with Albinism, RP, and a learning disability, Viviane will joke with you how she, “hit the jackpot!”. Share in the journey of one who truly overcomes all odds. Her self-awareness, dogged determination, and ability to charm with her humour win her audiences over every time.
Viviane delivers a sincere portrayal of everyone’s true human potential. Through Viviane’s story feel inspired to fulfill your own dreams and believe in yourself no matter what. Viviane will truly touch participants with a message of building a team through communication, active listening and trust. Her message is universal; it applies to everyone regardless of past failures, shortcomings and current ability levels.