Silken Laumann is a bronze medallist in double sculls at the 1984 Olympic Games. She captured silver at the 1990 World Championships in single sculls and is the 1991 world champion in single sculls. Laumann famously came back from a broken leg in 1992 and only 27 days later captured bronze at the Olympic Games in single sculls, inspiring the entire nation. That performance is considered one of the greatest sport comeback stories in Canadian history. Silken is also a silver medallist at the 1995 World Championships in single sculls and won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games in single sculls. She is a Recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canada’s outstanding athlete (1991), The Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canadian Press female athlete of the year (1991, 1992), The Wilma Rudolph Courage Award (1997) – first non American to receive this, and the Canadian Association for Women and Sport’s Most Influential Women Award (2006, 2007). Laumann is also a member of Canada Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1992).


After retiring from competitive rowing in 1999, Silken became an inspirational speaker international Board member for Right to Play. She is the best-selling author of Child’s Play (April 2006), Founder of Silken’s Active Kids Movement (S.A.M), a social movement which encourages children to be active and engage in sport and outdoor activity and President of her own company, Silken & Co.