In 2018, Leanne Taylor was in a bike accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Throughout her recovery, she dreamed of completing a Para-triathlon. In four short years, she has transformed the Manitoban Triathlon landscape and is currently ranked top 10 in the world as a para-athlete. She knows first-hand how important, and difficult it can be, to make physical activity accessible.
“I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of the St.Amant triathlon at the Pan Am Pool. When I heard about their cause I could not be more excited to participate! I am so happy to have an opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me,” said Taylor.
Leanne is collecting funds for the Tri For St.Amant, a virtual triathlon fundraiser. Proceeds help purchase customized equipment, like bikes and lightweight wheelchairs, making physical activity more accessible for more than 2000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism in Manitoba. Participants are invited to complete the triathlon virtually, between June 19-26.
“We’re so honoured to have Leanne, a brave and dedicated athlete, fundraising for the Tri for St.Amant. Her kind efforts will help increase the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities supported by St.Amant.” says Craig Murray, event organizer and board member.
While some may choose Birds Hill Provincial Park or their neighbour’s swimming pool to complete portions of the race, Leanne will be swimming, biking and running in Spain amongst other top para-athletes in the World Triathlon para cup. Her ultimate goal is to represent Canada in the Paris 2024 Olympics.
To learn more about Leanne and her incredible journey and accomplishments: https://www.instagram.com/leataylor8
To support Leanne visit: https://www.gifttool.com/athon/MyFundraisingPage?ID=1727&AID=4217&PID=748064
About the Tri for St.Amant
Tri for St.Amant is a virtual triathlon that provides an opportunity for beginners, as well as experienced triathletes, to challenge themselves physically and mentally through swimming, cycling and running while raising money for a great cause. Funds raised will ensure people supported by St.Amant have the opportunity to explore, move and have fun with new custom mobility equipment like wheelchairs, bikes, bed lifts and more.