Lisa Franks recently shared the extraordinary story of how she was unexpectedly paralyzed from the neck down when she was only 14 years old — then went on to become an Olympic gold medalist and multisport world-class athlete.
The International Paralympic Committee has added the dynamic sport of paracanoeing to its program. Paracanoeing is expected to make its debut at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Here are some of the best photos from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, captured by the Sheaf’s photo editor Robby Davis.
After defeating Korea 8-7 over the course of eight ends at Vancouver’s Paralympic Curling Centre on March 20, it was clear from the thousands of people who filled the venue that wheelchair curling was at home in Canada.
Canada’s Paralympic sledge hockey team came close on March 19, but Norway ultimately grabbed victory by scoring the winning goal with 3.6 seconds remaining. But if the Canadian team’s morale was crushed by their loss to Norway, a visit from prime minister Stephen Harper may have helped.
A 3-1 loss to Japan in the semi-finals on March 18 and a 2-1 defeat handed out by Norway on March 19 in the bronze medal showdown has eliminated any prospect of sledge hockey establishing itself alongside the original ice hockey ”” at least for now.
After the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the City of Saskatoon decided to name a few streets after Saskatchewan’s finest athletes in celebration of their athletic triumphs on the world stage. Canadian Paralympic sit-skier Colette Bourgonje is one of these amazing athletes.