North Okanagan residents are coming together to pay tribute to some home-grown sports icons.
Several events are being held this week to honour Paralympians Josh Dueck, Ina Forrest and Sonja Gaudet.
Today from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dueck, who won gold and silver medals in sit-skiing, and Gaudet, who captured a gold in wheelchair curling, will be at the CIBC in downtown Vernon.
Also today, the community can celebrate Gaudet, Dueck, and Forrest, a wheelchair curling gold medalist, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
“Folks will have an opportunity to see the beautiful Paralympic medals and talk with Sonja, Ina and Josh,” said Elaine Collison, one of the event oranizers.
“Please join with us and provide your community support.”
The event at the Performing Arts Centre will include the City of Vernon, the Regional District of North Okanagan, the MLA’s office, the Silver Star Ski Club and the Vernon Curling Club. Akbal Mund, from the North Okanagan Sports Society, will be emcee.
On Thursday, Forrest will be at the CIBC on Pleasant Valley Boulevard in Armstrong from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
And on Friday, Forrest and Gaudet will be at the Anchor Inn Pub in Armstrong from 5 to 7 p.m.
Part proceeds from sales will be donated to the Spinal Cord Injury Okanagan Peer Group, while donations will also be collected from the public.
Dueck was the focus of celebrations at Silver Star Mountain Resort last Saturday.
“The overwhelming support from the community has meant so much to me and my family,” he said.
Dueck, who was left paralyzed from the waist down following a ski accident while coaching the Silver Star freestyle team in 2004, started his road to Paralympic glory while learning to master the sit-ski with Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports.
“Josh has always been a fantastic ambassador for Silver Star,” said Anne Haight, the resort’s sales and marketing director.
“In the past decade he’s been an inspiration for so many people and to see him fulfill his childhood dream of winning gold for Canada was overwhelming.”