Paralympic glory for BC

Emily Young headlines a strong Paralympic showing for Canada at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Young won two medals bronze in Cross-Country Skiing 7.5km and  Cross-Country Skiing 4x2.5km Mixed Relay where she won silver.

British Columbia's Paralympic athletes are celebrating 16 medals from the games.

British Columbia-connected athletes earned 57 per cent of the Canadian Paralympic Team's total medal count, including four gold, three silver and nine bronze medals. Team Canada won 28 medals overall.

Athletes connected to British Columbia who earned medals at the games include:

  • Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) with Guide Jack Leitch: Alpine Downhill, Visually Impaired - Gold; Alpine Giant Slalom Visually Impaired - Bronze
  • Kurt Oatway (Calgary, Alta.): Alpine Super-G Sitting - Gold
  • Mollie Jepsen (North Vancouver): Alpine Super Combined Standing - Gold; Alpine Downhill, Standing - Bronze; Alpine Giant Slalom Standing - Bronze; Alpine Slalom, Standing - Silver
  • Alana Ramsay (Calgary, Alta.): Alpine Super-G, Standing - Bronze; Alpine Super Combined Standing - Bronze
  • Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, Que.): Alpine Giant Slalom Standing - Bronze
  • Natalie Wilkie (Salmon Arm): Cross-Country Skiing, 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing - Bronze; Cross-Country Skiing, 7.5km Standing - Gold; Cross-Country Skiing, 4x2.5km Mixed Relay - Silver
  • Emily Young (North Vancouve/Kelowna): Cross-Country Skiing 7.5km Standing - Bronze; Cross-Country Skiing 4x2.5km Mixed Relay - Silver
  • Ina Forrest (Armstrong): Wheelchair Curling - Bronze
  • Greg Westlake (West Vancouver) and James Gemmell (Quesnel): Ice Sledge Hockey - Silver

Each year, the B.C. government invests more than $50 million in sport funding. This includes more than $1.6 million in annual support to the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, and over $800,000 in 2017-18, through viaSport, for sport organizations for athletes with a disability.

"Like all British Columbians, I am so proud of our athletes who competed at the Paralympics in PyeongChang," said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. "These Games have been an amazing achievement for competitors and our sport development programs. I was thrilled to see so many of Team Canada's Paralympians were B.C.-based. Our government supports a strong sport system that enables our athletes to pursue their goals and dreams - and these results demonstrate its success. Congratulations to athletes, coaches and everyone who contributed!"

Of Team Canada's 55 Paralympians, 43.6 per cent (24) have a B.C. connection - double B.C.'s representation on the Paralympic team at Sochi 2014. This includes athletes who call B.C. home, as well as those from outside of B.C. who train in the province with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific or regional alliance partners.

"It has been a spectacular Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang for Team Canada, bringing home a record number of medals," said Wendy Pattenden, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. "These inspirational athletes have proven themselves on the world's biggest stage, and it's our privilege to work with so many of them and their national sport organizations. It is with the support of our strong provincial sport system that they are able to show the world what they are capable of."

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