March 27, 2014, Whistler, BC (ISN) – The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team was in Whistler this week for the 2014 Canadian National Championship, some coming straight from Paralympic medal winning runs in Sochi. Members of BC’s Para-Alpine Ski Team (BCPAST) were also in attendance to challenge for their own spot on the podium.
March 24th – The NorAm Slalom event on Blackcomb Mountain featured 3-time Paralympic medalist Josh Dueck, Caleb Brousseau who earned his first Paralympic medal in Sochi and Braydon Luscombe who had strong finishes in his first Paralympic appearance. The BC Para-Alpine Ski Team was led by senior members Ben & Jeff Thompson, Alex Cairns and Development Athlete Landon McGauley. Jeff Thompson was all smiles as he took bronze, his top finish so far. Caleb Brousseau, himself a former BCPAST athlete, took home the Gold.
March 25th – Para-alpine athletes joined the alpine athletes on Whistler Mountain for the GS events, a historic moment marking the first time para-athletes were integrated into the same race. Josh Dueck successfully defended his National Champion GS title. On March 26th, the athletes returned for the NorAm GS where the Thompson brothers battled in the second run for a podium spot. Jeff Thompson came out ahead earning his 2nd Bronze Medal. “This season has been a struggle, it’s nice to finally ski to me potential, and the hardware is a real nice bonus” said Thompson after the race.
The week’s highlights also included the 2nd annual Redefining Limits camp hosted by Paralympic silver medalist Matt Hallat. With help from Dueck and BC Adaptive Snowsports Coach and former national team member Morgan Perrin, Hallat worked with up and coming para-alpine ski racers pursuing dreams of owning the podium. Participants were given a unique chance for one-on-one mentoring by those who have carved a podium path of their own.