Lowell is the first visually impaired contestant on the Amazing Race Canada and competed alongside his wife finishing seventh overall. Lowell hopes to compete in the upcoming Paralympics, with his guide, in the para-triathlon and para-cycling (road and track) and Julie will continue to be his number one fan. Julie is a speech and language pathologist, while her husband, Lowell, is a registered psychologist.
Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where she also serves as the Disability Access and Awareness Director for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. She is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in PM&R at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a sports medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, and has been nominated for the ESPY Award, the Laureus World Sports Award, and Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year.
Translating her background as an athlete to the clinic setting, Dr. Blauwet now serves as the Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. She has become a global advocate for the use of sport and physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles for all individuals with disabilities – exemplified by speaking on the floor of the UN in April, 2015, for the UN International Day of Sport for development and Peace, alongside Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, IOC President Thomas Bach, and IPC President Sir Philip Craven. She has given many talks throughout the world and was a guest at the White House as well as the keynote speaker at the Boston celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24th, 2017
Kelsie is a PhD student in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation where she studies timing in integrated dance. Her research is supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She brings research and practice together in her work as an integrated dancer, teacher, choreographer and Co-Artistic Director of CRIPSiE, Edmonton’s integrated and crip arts company.
PATRICK D. JARVIS
Professionally Patrick is a Petroleum Technologist with an Education degree, allowing him to earn a living to fuel his passion for sport and travel. He is a Paralympian (1992 – athletics) and has served in several key roles within Paralympic and Olympic sport for 30 years. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games marked his direct involvement in twelve Paralympic and four Olympic Games since 1988. Based on his extensive involvement with the Paralympic Movement, he was named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010.
His contribution includes serving seven years as president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and is in his third four-year term on the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Previously Patrick was a board director for VANOC (2010 Winter Games), University of Guelph, WinSport, LiFT and Own the Podium, and was a member of the IOC London 2012 Coordination Commission.
Still active in sports, including basketball, golf, and skiing, he ran the Boston 2011 Marathon as a fundraiser for para-sport development. Patrick is a native Albertan and although having spent time in over ninety countries, he continues to call Calgary home although currently commutes to Vancouver for his role as the Executive Director of Canada Snowboard.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25th, 2017
Sarah completed her BScH (Biology) at Acadia University and during that time began working with children with special needs through the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory Motor Leadership Experience) program. Subsequently she completed an MD/PhD (Neuroscience) at the University of Calgary. During that time, Sarah joined forces with Dr. David Legg at Mount Royal University and together they founded the Children’s Adapted Physical Activity program. Sarah is currently a Pediatrics Resident at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is undertaking new research to help identify the physical activity needs and barriers for children and adolescents with special needs in Calgary, and physicians can help.
Eli A. Wolff directs the Sport and Development program at Brown University, an he also directs the Power of Sport Lab, a new initiative to fuel and magnify the power of sport movement. Eli is a co-founder of the Inclusive Sports Initiative, Mpower Sports and Recreation as well as the Olympism Project.
Eli helped to establish the ESPY Award for Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability, and he organized the national disability sport organizations to support professional golfer Casey Martin in his successful case against the PGA before the U.S. Supreme Court. Eli has helped to lead a national effort for the inclusion of student-athletes with disabilities in high school and college athletic opportunities. From 2003 to 2006, Eli led a global effort to include provisions addressing sport and recreation within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Eli has been an active member of the global sport for development and peace community, and has contributed to the promotion and global coordination for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6 of each year. Eli also co-organizes the annual Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum.
Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University and is pursuing his PhD in Sports Studies at the German Sport University of Cologne.