Céline Van Till’s Conferences
Céline van Till is a Swiss para-dressage rider. Born on 20 June 1991 in Geneva, she started riding when she was six. She fell completely in love with riding, and soon revealed her competitive spirit. When she was just 13, she participated in competition after competition, in dressage and in showjumping. In the end, she decided to continue on with dressage, for the elegance of the movements and the perfection of the gestures. In 2007, she became famous when she won 5th place in the junior Swiss championships. This was a major turning point in her career, enabling her to join the national junior team.
But in 2008, her life totally changed. She fell! While she was training in Germany, she had a serious horse-riding accident, which plunged her into a month-long coma. Severe head trauma. She came out of the coma partially tetraplegic, aphasic, and partially sighted. Did she give up? The phrase is not part of her vocabulary.
And learnt to become resilient.
Returning to the saddle made her enjoy life again, gradually regain trust in herself and her horse. Just two years after her terrible accident, she was able to reach the highest level in para-dressage. She became Miss Handicap in 2012, and continued to use her experience to serve the integration and equality of handicapped people. As helping others is her passion, she works with institutions such as Handicap International Switzerland, where she is on the board of directors.
Céline became a champion and a writer
In 2014, she was selected for the World Equestrian Games, and went on to represent Switzerland at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She took 13th place, and is already working toward winning a medal in Tokyo in 2020! Her leitmotif is “everything is possible”, as she says in her autobiography “Pas à pas, histoire d’un accident et d’une résurrection” (“Step by step, the story of an accident and a resurrection”, in French), published by Slatkine. After her book, a film on her was produced: Bucéphale (the premiere will be announced soon). This documentary tells the story of her journey and the ordeals she had to overcome to recover her life!
She also is a lecturer
As she wants to share her expertise with others, she is often asked to give conferences and to offer training for companies. She has become an entrepreneur, and shares fundamental life values and a mindset that can overcome each challenge.
And sponsors events in Geneva
Céline also sponsors several sports events, such as the 2018 Geneva National Special Olympics, and the “20km de Genève by Genève” race. To support the next generation, she is the honorary sponsor of Cookie. She sponsors the “Jeux du Grand Genève”, and is involved in the sports studies programme at ESM.
She has several sports and professional projects, and remains focused on her next objective: Tokyo 2020, which she is striving for with more determination than ever.
Languages spoken by the speaker
Céline Van Till hosts conferences all around Switzerland and in other countries.
Learn from an example of the will to live
With UnoMe, you can take advantage of the life experience of this paralympic athlete and entrepreneur. You have the opportunity to benefit from a fresh perception of life and its values. A major part of her character is the mindset that she has developed: she will introduce you to new opportunities.
Ever since her accident, when her life went from being a dream to a tragedy, she has taken one day at a time. It is a constant struggle. Each bit of progress takes her one step closer to resurrection.
With this experience in facing drastic change, we offer you an opportunity to develop this strength with UnoMe.
Conference Themes of
Céline Van Till
- 2004: 3rd place at the “Romands” Junior Championship (for French-speaking Switzerland)
- 2005: first season in category L, 5th place in the Swiss Juniors Cup final
- 2006: category M
- 2007 and 2008: 5th place at the Swiss Juniors Championship, joined the national juniors team
- 2008: accident
- 2010: competed in Para-Equestrian Dressage, 4th place at the World Equestrian Games, Kentucky, USA
- 2014: 12th place at the World Equestrian Games in Caen, France
- 2015: 11th place at the European Championships in Deauville, France
- 2016: 13th place at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Her professional achievements:
- Bachelor’s degree in management and marketing for top athletes
- Oscar for courage
- Language degrees and other training
- Director of CVT Management: Conferences, Training & Coaching
- Board member of Handicap International
- The film “Bucéphale” by Framevox production, which tells her story; coming to cinemas soon