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Tyler Turner of Canada competes on his way to winning the men’s snowboard cross SB-LL1 final at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Vancouver Island Paralympian returns home happy with a gold and ‘bonus’ bronze

‘My first time standing up on my snowboard, I knew there might be a chance’

 

Canada’s Brian McKeever and his guide Graham Nishikawa compete during the men’s middle distance free technique vision impaired event of para cross country skiing at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, in Zhangjiakou, China, Saturday, March 12, 2022. McKeever is retiring after capturing 20 medals over six Games, many with brother Robin as his guide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Shuji Kajiyama

Paralympic sport in a far better place thanks to Canada’s McKeever, Westlake, Bridges

Special athletes have pushed the envelope of Para-sport in Canada

 

Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team member Brian McKeever skis up a hill during early season training in Canmore, Alta., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. McKeever of Canmore, Alta., along with guide Graham Nishikawa, won gold in the men’s para cross-country middle distance vision impaired race at the 2022 Winter Paralympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada’s Brian McKeever wins historic 16th Paralympic gold medal

The 42-year-old has won 20 Paralympic medals over the course of his career

 

Mollie Jepsen of Canada celebrates after competing in the women’s giant slalom, standing at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Friday, March 11, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Canada adds four medals at Beijing Paralympics, guaranteed another in hockey

Medal count now at seven golds, four silvers, and 10 bronze

Mollie Jepsen of Canada celebrates after competing in the women’s giant slalom, standing at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Friday, March 11, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Tyler Turner of Canada competes on his way to winning the men’s snowboard cross SB-LL1 final at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

5 years after skydiving crash, Canada’s Turner races to Paralympic gold medal

Campbell River snowboarder overcame some dark days on his journey to the podium

Tyler Turner of Canada competes on his way to winning the men’s snowboard cross SB-LL1 final at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Canadian Paralympic athlete Greg Westlake poses for a photo at the Paralympic Summit in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 5, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘I just want to keep pushing boundaries’: Greg Westlake proud of Paralympic career

35-year-old has been a forward on Canada’s Para hockey team for more than 16 years

Canadian Paralympic athlete Greg Westlake poses for a photo at the Paralympic Summit in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 5, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
This 2018 file photo shows Mollie Jepson celebrating at the Paralympics in at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Mollie Jepsen golden at Beijing Paralympics for Canada’s first medal of Games

Jepsen has now won five medals over the course of her Paralympic career

This 2018 file photo shows Mollie Jepson celebrating at the Paralympics in at the Jeongseon Alpine Center in Jeongseon, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Guo Yujie and Wang Zhidong carry the flag of China as they make their entrance during the opening ceremony at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

As war rages, Paralympics open in Beijing without Russia

Paralympic organizers initially announced Russians and Belarusians would be allowed to compete

Guo Yujie and Wang Zhidong carry the flag of China as they make their entrance during the opening ceremony at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Canadian Paralympic athlete Ina Forrest poses for a photo at the Paralympic Summit in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 5, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. wheelchair curler 1 of 2 to carry Canada’s Paralympic flag

Paralympic flag-bearer duties will be shared by two Canadian athletes for the first time

Canadian Paralympic athlete Ina Forrest poses for a photo at the Paralympic Summit in Calgary, Alta., Monday, June 5, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Tyler Turner races during the Para-Snowboard world cup event at Big White last weekend. Photo courtesy Andrew Jay

Five years after accident, Islander going to first Paralympics

‘Not the standard path people take’ — Tyler Turner

Tyler Turner races during the Para-Snowboard world cup event at Big White last weekend. Photo courtesy Andrew Jay
Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Victoria-based Paralympian follows instinct for K9 training

Jessica Tuomela, partnering with trained canine Lucy, aims to keep vulnerable Canadians safe

Jessica Tuomela, right with current guide dog Brandy, will be joined in a professional capacity next month by Lucy the golden retriever. The duo will assist in locating missing people from vulnerable populations. (Courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
A participant takes part in para-rowing with Rowing Canada. It’s one of seven para-sports being offered in a new free program for Greater Victoria youth with disabilities. (Courtesy of Rowing Canada Aviron)

Free multi-sport para program launching for Greater Victoria youth with disabilities

Those aged 15 to 25 can try out 7 different para-sports beginning in February

A participant takes part in para-rowing with Rowing Canada. It’s one of seven para-sports being offered in a new free program for Greater Victoria youth with disabilities. (Courtesy of Rowing Canada Aviron)
Spallumcheen’s Ina Forrest and Team Canada got into the win column with a pair of victories Sunday, Oct. 24, at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Beijing. The event is being held at the same venue that will host the sport at the 2022 Paralympics. (Team Canada Photo)

B.C. curler helps Canada win at World Wheelchair championships

Three-time world champ Ina Forrest of Spallumcheen scores wins over Switzerland and host China Sunday, Oct. 24

Spallumcheen’s Ina Forrest and Team Canada got into the win column with a pair of victories Sunday, Oct. 24, at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships in Beijing. The event is being held at the same venue that will host the sport at the 2022 Paralympics. (Team Canada Photo)
Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Despite a strong tournament from Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team’s quest for a Paralympic medal ended on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

US bounces shot at the podium for Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau

The Americans beat Canada 63-48 in Tuesday’s women’s wheelchair basketball quarterfinals

Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Despite a strong tournament from Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team’s quest for a Paralympic medal ended on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)

2X World Para Surf Champion Victoria Feige eyes Paralympic gold beyond Tokyo 2020

Para surfers will have to wait a few more years before they can compete in the Paralympic Games

After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She’s led the women’s wheelchair basketball team during their first games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau dazzles in Tokyo tip-off games

Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball off to 2-0 start

Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. She’s led the women’s wheelchair basketball team during their first games in Tokyo. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)

Saanich triathlete leaves Saturday for Tokyo Paralympics

Jessica Tuomela will tackle 750-metre swim, 20km bike ride and 5k run

Jessica Tuomela (left) and her race guide, Marianne Hogan, at a Triathalon event in Spain in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Tuomela)
Canada’s Aurelie Rivard swims her way to a silver medal for the women’s SM10 (Para) 200m Individual Medley during the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games on April 7, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Para swim star Rivard buoyed by performance of Canadians at Tokyo Olympics

The crowdless Paralympics run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 to Tokyo

Canada’s Aurelie Rivard swims her way to a silver medal for the women’s SM10 (Para) 200m Individual Medley during the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games on April 7, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
William Bishop is a young Victoria golfer who has been named one of Canada's up-and-coming athletes. (Photo courtesy of Brian Findlay)

Champion Victoria golfer, up-and-coming para-rower receive prestigious financial awards

William Bishop, Sierra Roth each awarded one of 55 national Petro-Canada athlete/coach grants

William Bishop is a young Victoria golfer who has been named one of Canada's up-and-coming athletes. (Photo courtesy of Brian Findlay)
South Island rowers Kyle Frederickson, left, and Victoria Nolan, second from left, will compete in the Paralympics later this month. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)

South Island rowers headed to Paralympics this month

Athletes with connections to Victoria will compete across two events at the Tokyo Games

South Island rowers Kyle Frederickson, left, and Victoria Nolan, second from left, will compete in the Paralympics later this month. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)