BC-Affiliated Paralympic Athletes big contributors to Canada’s medal haul in Sochi

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by Marina Hawkeswood

March 19, 2014, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Canadian Sport Institute Pacific would like to congratulate the athletes, coaches and support staff from British Columbia, as well as the entire Canadian Paralympic Team, for a fantastic performance at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

By placing in the top three in the gold medal count, Team Canada met Own the Podium’s goal for the Games while epitomizing the spirit of our #WE CAN campaign.

British Columbia-linked athletes came home from the Games with seven medals, winning 44 per cent of the Canadian Paralympic Team’s total medal haul, for a total of two gold, one silver and four bronze.

BC is also the home province of both flag bearers – Sonja Gaudet of Vernon (opening ceremonies) and Josh Dueck of Kimberley (closing ceremonies).

13 athletes who live or train in BC competed at the Games in six different disciplines, accounting for 24 per cent of the Canadian Paralympic Team.

Medallists who live and/or train in BC include:

  • Caleb Brosseau, Terrace – para-alpine skiing – bronze (super G)
  • Nick Brush, Kelowna – guide for Chris Williamson – para-alpine skiing – bronze (slalom)
  • Josh Dueck, Kimberley – para-alpine skiing – silver (downhill), gold (super combined)
  • Kimberley Joines, Rossland – para-alpine skiing – bronze (slalom)
  • Jim Armstrong (Victoria), Ina Forrest (Armstrong) and Sonja Gaudet (Vernon) – wheelchair curling – gold
  • James Gemmell, Quesnel – sledge hockey – bronze

“British Columbia-linked Paralympians have made our entire province proud,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “On behalf of Premier Christy Clark and the Government of British Columbia, I congratulate each and every athlete on the Canadian Paralympic team, and B.C. athletes in particular, for their outstanding performances and tremendous successes.”

“BC-based Paralympic athletes inspired the nation with their performances in Sochi. Contributing 44 per cent of the country’s medals is an amazing feat considering BC only accounts for 13 per cent of the population,” commented Wendy Pattenden, CEO of the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. “Our team of sport scientists and professionals are proud to work with such motivated individuals as we continue to enhance our Parasport system across the country.”

Quick Facts:

  • 54 athletes made up the Canadian Paralympic Team.
  • 24 per cent of the athletes who represented Canada in Sochi were either born and/or train in B.C.
  • 23 coaches and technical staff led the Canadian Paralympic Team in Sochi.
  • 26 per cent of Canadian Paralympic coaches and technical staff were from B.C.
  • In 2010, Canadian athletes won 19 medals at the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games: 10 gold, five silver, four bronze, finishing third in the medal count.
  • In 2010, BC-affiliated athletes won 74 percent of Team Canada’s Medals at the Vancouver Paralympic Winter Games: 7 gold, four silver, and three bronze for a total of 14 medals.
  • Canadian athletes won 16 medals at the Sochi 2014 Games: seven gold, two silver and seven bronze, finishing third in the medal count.
  • BC affiliated athletes won seven medals at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games: two gold, one silver and four bronze.

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