Michelle Salt is the newest addition to the para-snowboard national team as 2013 was her first season as a competitive snowboarder. She currently lives in Calgary, Alta. where she trains with Evolve Snowboard Club at COP and Lake Louise when not training with the National Team. Michelle had her debut at the Paralympics this past March in Sochi with a 9th place finish.
When she’s not training, she enjoys other sports such as cycling, wakeboarding and kayaking. She also spends time speaking for STARS and Canadian Blood services as a patient/recipient.
She is relatively new to the para-snowboard world as she lost her right leg above the right knee in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in June 2011. Upon losing her leg, Michelle became determined to one day participate in the Paralympic Games. She says, “Snowboarding has always been a passion of mine, so it made sense to turn that love in to a medal someday. It was such an incredible feeling to get back on the board after hearing it may never happen again.”
Michelle competed in her first fitness competition just five weeks before her accident. Doctors told her family that a huge part of her surviving was the strong condition of her heart. She is a strong advocate for blood donation as she lost a great deal of blood and would not have survived without receiving donated blood.
Michelle is also a sales rep for a propane company, a realtor and a motivational speaker. She hopes to compete in cycling at the summer Paralympic Games.
6th at the USASA Para-snowboard event, Sierra, CA 2012
7th at the Para-snowboard World Cup, Big white, BC 2013
9th at the Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS in 2014