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Go for Gold with Shelley Gautier: How 3D Technology Can Push Boundaries in Para Sports

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Shelley Gautier was born on October 31st, 1968 in Niagara Falls. As a youth, she played competitive soccer as a goalie from the age of 6. By 2001 Shelley was a physiotherapist who raced in mountain bikes competitively. She was on holiday in Vermont when she crashed her bike, crushing her helmet and sustaining a severe head injury. After six weeks in a coma, Shelley spent eight months in a rehab hospital in Toronto learning to walk and talk again. She has hemiplegia, or one-sided paralysis, which affects the right side of her body.

Following her recovery, Shelley began her first competitive sports in disabled sailing where she became a competitive sailor. She raced across Canada and the United States. Shelley became a board member of the Disabled Sailing Association Ontario (Toronto Club) and served as Commodore for two years. She was a very active fundraiser for para-sailing during her tenure.

In 2009, Shelley became the first female T-1 rider on the international para-cycling scene. Since then she has dominated her class and won Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) world championships for 7 consecutive years. Shelley has won fourteen world titles in para-cycling and competed in the London 2012 Paralympics and she brought home a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Paralympics held in Rio de Janeiro.

After the 2016 Paralympics Shelley was looking for a competitive edge in her pursuit of a gold medal. She and her team approached Proto3000 looking to leverage the performance capabilities of design, 3D printing, and 3D scanning in developing a next-generation brace and T-bars for her bike. The Proto3000 team worked closely with Shelley in creating a custom solution that met her requirements and offered her an opportunity to reduce her time. They used a combination of HP Multi-Jet Fusion and Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling 3D printing technology Watch her story.

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