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Silver Star honours Dueck
A celebration of golden proportions will take place at Silver Star when the resort honours Josh Dueck Saturday.
Dueck, who won gold in the Super Combined and silver in the Downhill at the Paralympic Games in Sochi, will be the guest of honour starting at 4 p.m. in the centre of the village.
“The overwhelming support from the community has meant so much to me and my family,” said Dueck. “I’m really looking forward to the chance to share this with everyone at Silver Star.”
As well as members from the Silver Star community, representatives from the City of Vernon will also be on hand for the event.
Anne Haight, director of sales and marketing for the resort, said it’s exciting for the mountain to be able to honour Dueck.
“Josh has always been a fantastic ambassador for Silver Star,” said Haight.
“In the past decade he’s been an inspiration for so many people and to see him fulfill his childhood dream of winning gold for Canada was overwhelming. Everyone on the mountain was so stoked for Josh.”
Dueck, who was left paralyzed from the waist down following a ski accident while coaching the Silver Star Freestyle Team in 2004, started his road to Paralympic glory while learning to master the sit-ski with the Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports the following ski season.
By 2009, Dueck had conquered the sit-ski race circuit, winning the Downhill World Championships in Korea. He followed that performance with a silver medal in the Slalom in 2010 at the Vancouver Games.
Haight said the celebration on Saturday will be a chance for Silver Star to pay tribute to its most highly decorated, and more importantly, most beloved athlete.
“Josh is such a truly genuine person. He always takes the time to say hello to everyone he meets. He gives without asking in return. We’re so proud to be able to honour Josh.”
After a small ceremony in the village, Dueck will be on hand for an autograph session and photos.
“It's amazing the reaction people have when they can actually see and hold the medals. I look forward to sharing that experience with everyone at Silver Star,” said Dueck.
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