Vernon's Dueck carries the Canadian flag at Paralympic closing ceremony

Vernon's Josh Dueck will carry the Canadian flag during the closing ceremonies at the Paralympic Games in Sochi Russia Sunday.
— image credit: Scott Grant/CPC

Vernon's Josh Dueck has been selected as flag-bearer for Canada at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia Sunday.

A double medallist in Sochi, Dueck won gold in the super combined and silver in the downhill. His Sochi performance brings his career Paralympic medals total to three, as he won a silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.

"I'm really excited, I couldn't be happier," said Dueck.

"I really can't imagine what will go through my mind when we enter the stadium. What a great honour. I ski because I love to ski, but I compete for Canada, so to have an opportunity to bring the flag in for the closing ceremony is unbelievable."

Making the honour even more special for Dueck is the fact that he has never been to a Paralympic Games opening or closing ceremony before, due to his racing schedule.

"The selection of Josh Dueck as Canada's flag bearer for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games closing ceremony was one reflecting the focus of our Canadian Team on performing in the moment," said Team Canada chef de mission Ozzie Sawicki.

"Josh embraced this and certainly led by example throughout the alpine events at the Games. Canada can be extremely proud of the results from all of our Canadian athletes and I know Josh will lead our Canadian Paralympic Team into the closing ceremony with the pride representative of our entire team."

The Canadian flag was carried by Vernon wheelchair curler Sonja Gaudet during the opening ceremony in Sochi.



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