Scotiabank Charity Challenge Feature Participant: Shawn Marsolais

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This week’s feature participant in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Run is Shawn Marsolais. Please consider supporting Shawn by clicking on the link below and making a donation. All of the money raised will support programs that help children and youth who are blind and partially sighted reach their full potential. Go Team Blind Beginnings!

Shawn standing at the base of Grouse Mountain near the Grouse Grind trailhead being interviewed by a news outlet before hikers take off for Do The Grind Blind.

Most people know that Shawn Marsolais is the founder of Blind Beginnings, but they might not know that she is also an athlete. She began as a competitive swimmer in 1993, and set a couple of Canadian records! She then took up the sport of tandem-cycling, and competed internationally including at the Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004. When she retired from the sport of cycling, she wasn’t ready to give up sport altogether and soon claimed a spot on the National Women’s Goalball team. She retired from International sport in 2010 when focusing on Blind Beginnings was consuming most of her time, but she did not stop playing sports. Shawn continued to play goalball recreationally, she dragon-boated, cross-country skied, cycled, ran, swam, and did yoga regularly.

Once Shawn became a parent it became more difficult to find time for sports, which is why Shawn is so excited to be running with the Blind Beginnings team on June 23rd. She’ll be running with her friend Carmen, and her husband and son will be there to cheer her on.

Help us reach our goal of $1,000!