Silken Laumann GoodLife Kids Champion 

Silken Laumann’s life centres around the fulfillment of human potential.  Whether in the world of sport, where she achieved the honour of being the fastest female rower in the world, her work as a child advocate, as a speaker, a writer, or a life coach, Silken has made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs.

Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken fought back from her devastating rowing accident, to win a bronze medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.  Her stunning 10 week recovery and her courage in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles, endeared her in the hearts of Canadians.

Silken’ s life outside of sport is equally inspiring.  Her ability to dream, to embrace change, and work through obstacles have helped her create a magical life.  Silken understands the incredible power of the mind and helps her audiences shift their thinking and unlock the positive power of the conscious and unconscious mind.  Learning to parent her profoundly autistic step daughter, and balancing a fulfilling career with a vibrant family life, these challenges have tested what it means to approach each day with energy and optimism while continuing to dream big. 

Inspiring, funny, thought provoking and always down to earth, Silken Laumann opens her heart and leaves her audience ready to unlock their own potential and aspire to their own greatness.

“We are still feeling the effect of your inspirational speech” – Cindy

“Your speech was World Class” – Starbucks

“We are never as alone as we think, as we hear about your struggles, accomplishments, dreams and unsinkable spirit” – Michael Smith

Silken has used her notoriety to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes and initiatives.  She is an advocate for healthy active kids, and works with GoodLife Kids Foundation as their Kids Champion to advance these opportunities.  Silken was a 15-year member on the International Board of Directors for Right to Play, an organization that brings sport and play to the most disadvantaged children in the world.  She is active in raising issues related to mental health, has adopted autism as a passion along with her husband David Patchell-Evans, and is a regular contributor to various newspapers and magazines.Silken is the author of two bestselling books, Child’s Play: 

Silken is the author of two bestselling books, Child’s Play: Rediscovering the joy of play in our families and communities, and Unsinkable: My Untold Story, a surprising and inspiring story of courage, perseverance and the triumph of the human spirit.

Silken lives in Victoria with her husband David Patchell-Evans and their 4 children, William, Tygre, Kate, and Kilee.

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