Two of our best recognized at Sport BC's Athlete of the Year Awards

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March 13, 2015

Two of Para-alpine’s best and most influential sit-skiers recognized at Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards.

Vancouver (B.C) - The 49th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards hosted by Sport BC took place last night at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Two of BC’s best and most decorated Para-alpine athletes were honored during the evening which showcases the best of BC’s amateur sport each year. Kimberly Joines was honored with the Harry Jerome Comeback Award and Josh Dueck took home Athlete with a Disability of the Year award for their accomplishments in 2014.

Joines from Rossland BC, a Bronze medalist at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games last February in Russia and the 2006 Torino Paralympic Games has been on the Canadian National Team for 12 years where in addition to the Paralympic medals she has accumulated 42 World Cup medals, including World Cup Champion titles - and 32 broken bones. Known for her resilience and commitment to Para-alpine, in March 2013, she was competing in a a Paralympic Test Event in Sochi and injured both her right and left arms and sustained a third degree separation in her shoulder. Rather than give up her passion for ski racing and retiring she refocused her training; giving up speed events where she sustained most of her injuries in the past and put all her energy into Slalom and GS technical events. Barely skipping a beat after her spring crash, Joines took Silver in GS at the Panorama World Cup race in January 2014, followed by 2 more in Slalom at Copper Mtn. and a bronze in GS before taking Bronze in Sochi and being crowned National Champion in Whistler a few weeks later.

Vernon native Josh Dueck (pictured above with his wife and daughter watching in the audience) brought world attention to sit-skiing when he became the first person to perform a back-flip on snow in a sit-ski in 2012, followed by an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres television show. The captivating and newly retired Para-alpine racer captured Gold & Silver Medals at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and was flag bearer in the closing ceremonies. He is also a Silver Medalist from the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games and has won many World Cup titles.

 “I am absolutely delighted that not one but two of BC’s best para-athletes are being honored. While their individual stories are unique they share the incredible sense of perseverance we see in so many of the people in our programs. Josh found his way to the height of Paralympic success and most importantly a new purpose in life through adaptive skiing and Kimberly is testament to the sheer will required to be a world class athlete, with or without a disability.” says Wayne Leslie, Executive Director at BC Adaptive Snowsports.

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BC Adaptive Snowsports (formerly The Disabled Skiers Association of BC) has been delivering adaptive snowsports programs throughout BC since 1973. From first contact opportunities to the BC Para Alpine Ski Team, BC Adaptive Snowsports introduces individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities to the freedom and therapeutic benefits of skiing and snowboarding.

BC Adaptive Snowsports Media Contact: Fannie Smith, Athletics & Communications Manager  604.333.3630 x 202