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Paralympians celebrated

North Okanagan residents are being asked to come out and show their pride for their Paralympic athletes.

The City of Vernon and Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) are encouraging area residents to come show their support for — Sonja Gaudet and Josh Dueck of Vernon and Ina Forrest of Armstrong.

The Celebrate our North Okanagan Paralympians event takes place April 2 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre and it is open to the public.

“We could not be more proud of Ina, Sonja and Josh for the level of accomplishment they have achieved and for the way that they have represented themselves, their community and their country,” said Vernon’s Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

“Very few people get the opportunity to represent their country on the international stage,” said Rick Fairbairn, Vice Chair of the Regional District . “It is a tremendous honour that the athletes, coaches, families and friends should be very proud of.”

Gaudet and Forrest were gold medalists in wheelchair curling, while Dueck was the gold medalist in super-combined skiing and silver medalist in downhill skiing in Sochi.

Gaudet is the world's most decorated wheelchair curler and she carried Canada's flag for the opening ceremony; Dueck was the official flag bearer for the closing ceremony.  

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