WATERLOO, Ont. (November 20, 2017) - Georgia Simmerling, multisport Olympian and the only current member of Team Canada to compete in both summer and winter events in different sports, will deliver the keynote address at the Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) dinner on March 29, 2018 at Bingemans Conference Centre.
Georgia Simmerling made history at the Rio Olympic Games, during the summer of 2016 as she became the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of three separate Olympic Games.
“We are excited to announce Georgia’s commitment to this year’s Outstanding Women of Laurier event,” said Peter Baxter
, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Laurier. “Georgia’s positive work ethic in which she pursued multiple sport opportunities, is a wonderful example of how determination drives passion; a trait which we try to instill within our student-athletes every day at Laurier, in terms of working with their team, their academics, and the community”.
Simmerling’s Olympic journey began with Alpine skiing, debuting her talent at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Shortly thereafter, she went on to pursue the Canadian Ski Cross National Team, where she notched five World Cups to her belt, along with making an appearance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics before earning a second place world ranking.
After suffering an injury that derailed her 2014-15 ski season, Simmerling looked to continue her athletic stride in new capacities. As a result, Simmerling took up cycling, and quickly became one of the best track cyclists in the world as she found herself on the Canadian Track Cycling National Team.
Not only did she become a national champion during her very first appearance at the Canadian Nationals, she also helped her team to a first place finish while competing in her first Track Cycling World Cup, in addition to adding a silver medal at the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships.
Due to her incredible performances in these events, Simmerling then headed to her first Summer Olympic Games in 2016. There in Rio, Simmerling and her teammates won bronze medal for Canada in the team pursuit cycling event for the second consecutive Games.
This coming winter, Simmerling will look to add to her podium success, as she’ll be heading to PyeongChang, South Korea to represent Team Canada once again with the Ski Cross National Team at the 2018 Winter Games.
Aside from skiing and cycling, Simmerling is an avid supporter of various charities, specifically Right To Play and Fast & Female, that work to empower and educate youth through sport.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available for purchase. To reserve your space at the 2018 Outstanding Women of Laurier Dinner, or for more information about the event, please click here